in Restaurants and Cafes

Labyris, a feminist women’s cafe and coffeehouse, opened at 2420 South Taylor Road in 1978 in a space rented from Church of the Redeemer UMC. Labyris was designated as a “women-only space” and provided a welcoming and “chemical-free” (nonsmoking) social alternative for local lesbian feminist and women to meet up, organize, and relax among other women. It frequently hosted feminist entertainers, groups, and events related to Cleveland’s lesbian and women’s communities. Labyris closed in 1979.

Labyris type. | What She Wants. February 1979.

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  • “Labyris.” What She Wants. February 1979. Page 12.
  • “Labyris Opening Nov. 1.” What She Wants. November 1978. Page 15.
  • Rainsong, Lisa, and Gayle Pilat. “Women Invited to Play.” What She Wants. November 1980. Page 2.
2420 S Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (Church of the Redeemer UMC)

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