June is Pride Month, and I love the excitement of this time of year. I learned about Pride for the first time in the drama room at my high school in South Carolina where I spent pretty much every day and evening of my teenage years. Then, I celebrated for long hours in heels well into the morning at parades and nightclubs across Washington, DC, New York, and Boston where I spent most of my twenties. And there was that other time I went to Southern Decadence for about an hour before I realized...drumroll please....not all spaces are for me.
As a business owner, years later, Pride Month is something my co-founders and I experience as strong advocates of an equitable and giving community. Despite my knee-jerk reaction to put pink glitter in any cocktail always, our responsibility is to support a strong, diverse team and create a safe space for our staff and guests of all backgrounds.
Here are a few things that we prioritize, worry about, and appreciate about the journey to growing an equitable business:
Safety goes well beyond a few simple policies in our handbook. It means an unwavering expectation of empathy, vulnerability, and communication amongst our team at all levels. It means clear boundaries that protect our staff and guests from transgressions that are far too often overlooked in the hospitality industry. Not to mention, it means equitable, fair, and transparent wages and benefits.
We support local nonprofit organizations that work to improve equity in our community year-round - and we offer our event space to nonprofits for free. We donated $10,000 in donation of funds, products, and services in 2020 (our first year in business) and we're on track to double that in 2021. (Fingers crossed!)
Almost half of our current team identifies as LGBTQ+, and their trust in us is extremely important. Distilling is historically an exclusionary industry, where jobs and access can be hard to find. We continue to work everyday - especially thanks to some incredible local partners - on building and prioritizing diversity across our team.
We are thrilled for the opportunity to raise funds for House of Tulip, a nonprofit collective creating housing solutions for transgender and gender nonconforming people in Louisiana. And we're thrilled to push ourselves and throw our largest art market to date, supporting LBGTQ+ creators, artists, and food vendors across two whole days. At the end of the day, our Marketing Manager Ash said it best, "the feeling of community, acceptance, and family is universal" - and we are here for it.
PICK UP ONLY - BY APPOINTMENT
Mon-Thurs | 12pm-7pm
Fri-Sun | 12pm-7pm
TOURS AND TASTINGS - BY APPOINTMENT
Everyday | 12pm-7pm
Credit/Debit is preferred in the tasting room. We do not keep cash on the premises and cannot give change for cash transactions. If necessary, special arrangements can be made in advance of your visit.
1512 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd & Carondelet Street
One block off Saint Charles Ave @ Melpomene streetcar stop
Free street parking is available
Bicyclists receive 10% off
*The address may also appear on your GPS as 1512 Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive. Never fear - you're in the right place! We are located on a renamed, two-block stretch of Carondelet Street.
Happy Raptor Distilling, LLC is a woman-owned business and a member of the Certified Louisiana network.
According to law, we never sell or promote the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Please drink responsibly.