OutLoud to open new store July 28

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OutLoud! Books & Gifts, Middle Tennessee’s only GLBT source for gifts, books and videos, will re-open in its new and expanded space on Thursday, July 28. The current store-front, located only two doors down at 1709 Church Street, will be closed on Wednesday July 27 to accommodate the move.

A grand opening will be held in the fall, and an adjacent coffee shop will open in September.

A veritable gay-Media Play, the new space measures well over three times the size of OutLoud!’s current location, and in the coming months will sport an expansion of merchandise in all sections of the store: from books to DVD rental and sales, music, magazines, cards and gift items for both men and women.

To create a more cohesive and family friendly atmosphere, specialty and mature-oriented products will be housed in its own stand-alone region within the new OutLoud! As well, it will undergo an expansion of everything from leather clothing to relationship aids; erotic cards, gifts and photography to its own film rentals and sales.

OutLoud! is owned by Ted Jensen and Kevin Medley.

"We’ve been planning this expansion for a long time," Jensen said.

In fact, one of the framed newspaper articles about the store acknowledges Jensen’s long-term plan to equip his community store with a coffee bar as far back as 1997.

OutLoud! is open Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday

10 a.m.-11 p.m. at 1709 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Telephone

(615) 340-0034 or Email outloud@outloudonline.com.