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We take a lot of walks. Jeff and I try to chip out a little time of each day to take a walk around the downtown neighborhoods after our daytime jobs.  We talk about the ups and downs of owning a business, the discussions we have, and the news of the day.   A few evenings ago, we were walking down the cultural trail and a man noticed that we were holding hands and said, “Thank you for believing in love.”  While I never know who is or is not gay . . my gut is that he is straight, and for some reason . . it makes me feel even more valued in our community.

Recently, I gave an interview for WISH TV ( in regards to Indiana canceling its out of state contract to help rebuild its reputation.  I felt like it was the perfect time to really speak on my admiration for the straight community, (The “A’s” in our little LGBTQIA acronym).   The recent SCOTUS rulings and outpouring of support has been such a motivating factor for me to continue to scale Open For Service to better serve us all.

That’s the silver lining in all of this, whether its RFRA, marriage equality, adoptions, etc . .  our allies continue to be on the front lines with our LGBT brothers and sisters creating a better life for us all.  I will personally say that none of your support has gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

I do want to give a HUGE shout out to Amanda Dorman and the team at Downtown Indy for all of their help in getting businesses registered and getting stickers out to everyone.  We hope that other downtown associations/Chambers of Commerce will follow suit.

If you are a member of our ally community – THANK YOU.  If you are looking for a way to show your love and support for everyone . . might I suggest Open For Service????

Keep the feedback coming everyone!  As Rachel and I continue to figure out how to increase our audience and put more money in the reserves, any/all help is appreciated.  Please reach out at any time and we will continue to celebrate our “Open Door Economy.”

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  1. Debi Driver

    As your dad and I ride around, in Valparaiso, Chesterton, Michigan City, Furnessville to name a few, we are so proud of these business that are not ashamed to show their support. We stop an take pictures of the sticker and get the store’s name in the picture. If you are in business, your customers and customer service make your business and if you support them they will support you. It makes us smile every time we spot a sticker and if they are open to stop and say thank you for opening their doors to everyone. Keep up the good work Open for Service – it is so great to see who will make you feel welcome so you will want to do business with that store. This is what will make this world a better place one small step at a time – thank you Open for Service – we support you and your efforts. Indiana will bounce back stronger than ever because by supporting those businesses, schools and churches who are Open for Service – our welcoming reputation will be coming from the heart of the state – the actual people and businesses of Indiana – there is no better, no more solid advertising to others that we care and welcome you! Thanks Open for Service – continue your hard work to make a difference and all who support this positive cause….it’s working! <3

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