Will a LGBT-focused boutique that wears its sexuality on its sleeve thrive in an upmarket shopping center in Annapolis? Time will tell, as Same Gender Love only opened for business on December 2nd.

“Same Gender Love boutique has something for everyone,” says owner (and card creator) Marva Laws, “however our line of LGBT greeting cards were created to meet the need for understanding, acceptance, support and open-mindedness for LGBT individuals – and those that love them.”

“The passion and vision behind my writing stems from real thoughts and emotions, with the hopes the cards might ignite difficult conversations that people may want or need to have.” Many of the cards are light-hearted and designed for anyone regardless of sexual orientation, but my intent with the LGBT line is to fill the current hole in today’s world about what might be considered complex subject matter, opening up a possibility to being better understood.”

The store also offers LGBT-branded apparel, along with Tervis tumblers, wine and shot glasses, koozies, flasks, dog leashes and bowls, umbrellas, and stationery

“LGBT consumers want more inclusion, relating to and identifying with all love,” says Laws. “We want cards that celebrate and address who we are, who we love, how we feel and to whom we want and need to express our thoughts, feelings and truths.”

Same Gender Love is located at 1915 Towne Centre Boulevard, suite 115, Annapolis, at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Look online at Samegenderlove.com