Openly gay “human and fluid” Bubbles + Pearls business owner Josie Smith came to Wilton Drive to bring something new to the scene.

“I was inspired by the need to diversify the options for food in an already diverse town,” she said. “Every gay city I’ve ever know has everything so why not Wilton Manors too? Plus, we have plenty of burger and wing spots.” Bubbles + Pearls is a raw bar focusing on oysters.

Her favorite part of owning a business on the Drive is being an active part of the community.

“My entire life is about being a contribution in this world and of course I want to be a contribution to my LGBT community as well. I am proud to represent the community here in South Florida. Plus, I love seeing all my Wilton neighbors strolling the Drive.“

For other LBT women who want to take a step into the world of business ownership, Smith offers this advice:

“Go for it! Look into grants for women and put your whole heart into it! Don’t forget you have an entire community to support you. Oh and don’t leave anyone out, be inclusive.” Smith’s background is full of inclusivity her mother is Puerto Rican-Italian, her father Filipino.

Smith is also known for appearing on season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef series.


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