Topeka LGBTQ business owners share their stories in Kansas’ capital

For small-business owner Shelby Herring, it is important to create an environment that is open and welcoming to all.

Herring is co-owner of The Eleven Hundred, a wedding and event venue in East Topeka. She is also a member of the LGBTQ community and knows other venues don’t always offer the same safe space.

“We know there are businesses that don’t support the community,” Herring said. “I know that as a member of the LGBTQ community, and being a wedding-venue owner, how important it is to make sure that everybody’s included and accepted.”

In light of June being Pride Month, The Topeka Capital-Journal is shining a light on some Topeka-area businesses that are LGBTQ owned. And Herring is one of a few local business owners who agreed to share their stories.