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Business Spotlight: Brushstrokes

This year marks a milestone for Brushstrokes, the Atlanta gay variety store that has become the city’s go-to source for Pride items, gifts and many other products.

“Mark Jackson opened the first Atlanta location on Dec. 1, 1989. So this year will be our 21st anniversary,” says Tom Schloeder, who met Jackson in 1992 and has been running the business with him ever since. “Twenty-one years is a monumental occasion for most people and we’re really excited about achieving this milestone.”

Brushstrokes’ first store was only 400 square feet, located on North Highland. Its current location in Ansley Square totals 4,200 square feet. But then, as now, Brushstrokes was dedicated to supporting the LGBT community.

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Pop Quiz with JZ – Cheri Church

In our first 'Pop Quiz with JZ' featuring an Atlanta lesbian, Cheri Church discusses a new Atlanta business networking group, her favorite lesbian stereotype and what she keeps in her toolbox....