Out on Adams officially opens; proceeds from LGBTQ merchandise will benefit Phoenix Center – The State Journal-Register

There’s a new local spot to get pride merchandise, proceeds from which will benefit Springfield’s LGBTQ community center.
Out on Adams formally opened its storefront at 413 E. Adams St. during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday in downtown Springfield during the Old Capitol Farmers Market. Boasting pride apparel, tote bags and flags, proceeds from products sold at the store benefit the Phoenix Center, 109 E. Lawrence Ave.
“The store is really just a retail location with some resource materials for parents, teachers, providers and people looking to help individuals in the LGBT community,” Phoenix Center executive director Jonna Cooley said.
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The idea for the store has been in Cooley’s mind for years, she said, but the location and opportunity only recently became available.
Products have been sold during the farmers market, which runs semiweekly on Adams Street for the last time this season Wednesday and Saturday, and the store will continue to be open during Wednesdays and Saturdays, though hours may change going into the winter, Cooley said.
In addition to pride merchandise, the store also sells books and reading materials for those looking to learn more about the community or their own sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 
The store also has a gathering space and Cooley said meetings and events will be scheduled in the building, which sits between Café Moxo and The Elf Shelf Books and Music.
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The Phoenix Center is Springfield’s LGTBQ resource center and provides programs and initiatives to benefit the community through grief support, clinical services and a youth group.
Downtown Springfield Inc. hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Dozens attended along with several Phoenix Center members and local politicians.
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