Oshkosh business make Pride part of their business model year-round

Planet Perk was recently voted as a reader-favorite coffee shop in Oshkosh. It's City Center location is shown April 20, 2022, at 100 City Center C in Oshkosh.

OSHKOSH – June is drawing to a close, meaning Pride flags and rainbow-themed confections will soon be harder to find.

It’s true that some companies exploit the month for their own personal gains without supporting causes or organizations. But the core of Pride Month, which marks the birth of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement and the impact its members have had, is an idea that some local business owners get behind year round.

Ken Osmond, who owns Planet Perk Coffeehouses in Oshkosh, feels the idea of ​​inclusivity is not a time of year so much as it is a business model. While the coffee shop does “some performative things” like hanging signs that all are welcome and the Pride flag, he said he also donates to organizations that offer LGBTQ resources and support and provides a space for those groups to meet.