Friday March 10, 2023

Six LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Original blog by Tourism Windsor Essex

Windsor Essex is proud to be a diverse and inclusive destination and is home to many LGBTQ+ owned and operated businesses.

Whether your visit includes hunting for vintage finds and collectibles or tasting your way across the region at our numerous cafes and bakeries, you’re sure to feel welcomed and free to explore the many amenities we have to offer.

Wheat + Thistle

Offering a unique selection of botanical treasures, carefully curated home dΓ©cor pieces and plant supplies for all your indoor and outdoor needs. Plus floral subscriptions!


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Forgotten Treasures Antiques & Fabulous Finds

Get lost in the history and ambience as you comb through antiques, collectables, flea market items, vintage jewelry, embroidery and hand painted items in quaint Cottam.

Walkerville Candles

Walkerville Candles prides themselves in creating clean burning, soot free, tunnel-free candles! Their creative scents will make you smile. Grab a candle for your own home or for the perfect gift. Located inside of “Eh Little Bit Of Gift Shoppe” in Essex! Order online any time on their website.


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Plant Joy

Plant Joy was created when owner, Jordynne Ropat, had a craving for doughnuts but couldn’t find any vegan options in the city.Β  So, she created them – and the rest is history.Β  Whether you are vegan or not, you can rest assured that each ingredient has been carefully selected to reflect commitment to people, animals and the planet.Β  Plant Joy sources a variety of fair-trade, organic and local ingredients, and work as much as possible with other local businesses.Β  Quality ingredients.Β  Handmade with care.Β  Treats you can feel good about eating.


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Ciao Cucina Nuova

Ciao Cucina Nuova is dedicated to serving their guests food made with love and intention. Their concept and dining room are simple and clean, appreciating the food created and the idea behind keeping things simple. Using complimenting ingredients in each recipe to achieve flavours that are born for each other.


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Jack’s Gastropub

JACKS Gastropub is part of JACKS HOSPITALITY GROUP in Kingsville since 1989. JACKS Kitchen Team proudly works hand in hand with our community’s Farmers, Producers & Purveyors to create local, seasonal menus. The authentic Farm to Fork experience is complemented by the offerings of local Wines from the vineyards of the EPIC Wine Route and locally crafted Beers & Spirits. Banded Goose Brewing Company (BgB) is the brewing wing of JACKS GROUP and puts BgB Brews front & centre at both our Taproom and JACKS. Enjoy JACKS TAKEOUT by ordering online at or dine-in, when available on our wrap around porch, outdoor patios or one of our welcoming dining rooms.


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Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will certainly have fun and feel welcomed. Windsor Essex offers you the benefits of city life while a cruise through the serene beauty of the county is just a short drive away. WE are ready to help you find your next adventure here in Windsor Essex. Head to for more ways to experience YQG!


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