Support LGBTQI+ businesses during corona

Support LGBTQI+ businesses during corona

Since late March all bars, clubs, sauna and other LGBTQI+ businesses have been closed due to the corona epidemic. For many businesses this means that they have to fight for survival. Fixed costs like rent and wages have to be payed, while there is no income whatsoever. And many people working at these businesses also miss the contact with their customers. So many of these businesses have come up with alternative activities or with fundraisers…

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Mr. B. Opens New Shop

Mr. B. Opens New Shop

On September 1, 2018 Mr. B. will open its new shop on Prinsengracht 190. Mr. Donker, owner of Mr. B. commented: “Too many curious viewers blocked the shop at its location in Warmoesstraat, making it difficult for our customers to shop in a relaxed way”. Mr. B.’s new location is close to the Pink Point of Presence and the Homomonument. Pictures show Mr. B.’s new shop one day before opening. Staff busy finalising various displays.

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For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it

For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it

As you stroll through Amsterdam you may come across many gay and leather businesses. But you may also come across areas in the city where a number of gay businesses had once stood. Some of these areas were at one time identified by the sheer collection of gay and lesbian artisans and shop-owners there. One such area in particular is the negen straatjes or ‘9 little streets’. This is an area of small shopping streets…

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Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

In the old city centre, just south  of the iconic Westerkerk, is the popular area of the 9 little streets (in Dutch Negen Straatjes). It used to be an area full of surprising, quirky, local shops. Often artisanal, sometimes artistic and always full of surprises. Nowadays big clothing brands are taking over the area. Luckily some of the old diamonds of the old days survive. We visited some of those diamonds with a LGBTQ interest or…

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