Businesses in the History of the LGBT Community in Wisconsin

Retail Establishments
      Note: Dates may be approximate...

Name Address Opened Closed note
Afterwords Bookstore & Expresso Bar 2710 N. Murray, Milwaukee 1993 2023 name changed to Outwords Books
Beck's Books 753 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee 1975c 1978c
Designing Men 1200 S. 1st, Milwaukee 1995 2002
J&R Bookstore 27th & Wells, Milwaukee 1973c 1976c
Lib Bookstore 601 N. 5th, Milwaukee 1971 1986
OutWords Books, Gifts & Coffee 2710 N. Murray, Milwaukee 1993 2023 previously Afterwords Bookstore
Paradise Books & Video 225 N. Water St., Milwaukee 1974c 2003
Pillar to Post (cards etc.) 309 State St., Madison 1982c 1985c2003
Pure Pleasure Bookstore 116 King St., Madison 1974c 1977c
Pure Pleasure Bookstore 13 Washington Ave., Oshkosh 1974c 1977c
Ramie's Adult Books and Novelties 730 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee 1971c 1974c previously 2 other locations
Rhubarb Bookstore 1618 W. Wells, Milwaukee 1972c 1977c
Sister Moon Feminist Bookstore 1625 E. Irving, Milwaukee 1972c 1980c
Telephone House 2nd + National, Milwaukee 1984c 1986
Thinking Of You 147 N. Broadway, Milwaukee 1981 1987
Tool Shed 804 E. Center St, 2427 N. Murray Ave, Milw 2004 (still open 2023) clothing, sex toys


      * Note: Dates may be approximate.

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