Lily & Peaches was established in order to provide LGBTQIA+ members of the community with a safe space. Many of the spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community involve alcohol, so we want to create a space that is more focused on the community aspect. This could in the form of hobby workshops, wellbeing groups or just a safe space for a drink and a chat. The space will be originally based in Liverpool, originally opening 3 days a week but can be taken all round the UK for events such as Pride and student fairs. We believe that it is important to have a space other than bars from the community to go to for socialisation. I think it is also important for people to feel actively involved in this project and it will be based around the customers’ interests. There will be a lot of focus on what the customers want in terms of social media interactions and understanding what they want from us.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
One of the main benefits of this space is that it will be a place for the LGBTQIA+ community to feel safe to be themselves. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I understand the need for a space that isn't based around alcohol and nights out. I feel that it is important to create relationships with people similar to yourself. Another benefit will be that it will give young people a place to go and socialise. It could mean less people out on the streets drinking as this space will be a place for people to meet up with friends and have fun while having a space to sit and communicate. Finally, this space will be fully plant based and environmentally friendly, specifically focusing on recycling and reusable products which I know is important to the Liverpool region.
Steps to get it done:
We would be extremely individual in our business model. There might be shops that do the similar model in terms of having cafes and shops simultaneously, but I know none in this area that cater towards the LGBTQIA+ community. We are unique in that we can travel where ever and our café will be moveable which means we can go to a range of locations to gain more customers. We can work with a range of businesses that can help promote our space and vice versa.
About the space
Liverpool City Centre
Liverpool City Council