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ARIZONA—Brick Road Coffee is more than just a coffee shop. It’s a welcoming space that celebrates diversity and inclusion, especially for the LGBTQ community.
“The main reason I started working here was just because of how comfortable it was and how inclusive it was,” said Debhani Pettypool, a Brick Road Coffee barista.
The Tempe coffee shop hosts a variety of community events—from drag story hours and queer meetups to Dungeons and Dragons events and book clubs—most of which are driven by input from their customers.
Brick Road co-owner Gabe Hagen said that being an LGBTQ-friendly business centered around coffee gives their shop an approachable vibe. Jesse Shank, also a co-owner, agreed.
“There were coffee shops that were important to me when I was a young person trying to figure things out,” Shank said.
“I feel like this is the first hangout spot that has this vibe for LGBTQ that’s not like a bar or something,” said regular customer Cris Otto.
Brick Road Coffee’s name is a nod to the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” and some of their drinks include that theme—like a signature favorite called the “Flying Monkey,” with a whopping six shots of espresso.
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