In the spring of 2021, Norman Ebenstein, owner of the Norman Ebenstein Pays A Visit to Eden Center, made history. He became the first openly gay cyclist in the world. Although many Americans were skeptical when news of his coming out broke, he attracted a diverse crowd, which included members from places as far away as Singapore and India. Norman and his staff have treated their guests with respect throughout the years, but they did receive a bit of criticism from one highly-sought after celebrity who attended one of their bubble tea sessions.
As you might imagine, this created quite a stir. Celebrities and other patrons of the Norman Ebenstein Bubble Tea Shop made several comments about Norman and his business practices. Many felt that because Norman is gay, he should not be representing the gay community in such a way. However, other people argue that businesses have the right to advertise for their products based on their beliefs. Many gay individuals do not feel like associating themselves with the types of businesses that are considered to be against their own personal beliefs and principles.
One such person is Dennis Rodman. The former NBA star believes that outing him as a gay would be wrong. “If that guy would have come out as a fag, I would have thrown him the towel and called the police,” said Rodman. Another individual that disagreed with Norman’s choice to promote his tea shop was Chris Sarandon. According to Sarandon, “Norman’s business is fine. And he should not be demonized for doing something that many other Americans do in order to raise money.”
Norman Ebenstein however does not agree. He states “My gay friends sometimes get me worried that they might not know what to do with their lives when I don’t have any teas left at the end of the day.” Norman goes on to state “The whole concept of the tea party is really bizarre to me. People think they’re doing something progressive for the gay community when they’re just having a good time.” He continues “I don’t even want to call it a tea party because it’s not a party at all. It’s more of a gathering of like-minded people who are just having a good time.”
Norman Ebenstein believes that he has done the best he can with his fundraiser. In the past, he has received numerous complaints from people about the quality of his products and service. According to Norman, however, these complaints are greatly overstated. Many of the people that complain to him about the quality of his products are actually supporters of the tea shop. They may only be upset because they feel the tea shop has made some sales with their money.
To those people Norman serves, the act of selling tea, while it may seem shallow, is a way to promote a cause. Tea, after all, is a popular means of promotion for gay pride and gay rights. Norman claims that this has been his reason for opening his business in the first place. Besides, he is convinced that there are other businesses that give more value to their patrons than he does.
In order to attract customers, however, the business must have something interesting to offer. Norman decided to feature a series of books on books written by people in the gay community. He says that these will be the topics that people will talk about when they come to his store. The books can be bought individually or as part of a bundle deal. He also has plans to include various other books on different topics of interest to the gay community. These could be a reference guide on gay fashion or an explanation of the words “lesbian” and “bisexual.”
As the owner of Norman Ebenstein Pays A Visit, I can tell you that the people of Norman are quite nice. I can see why they would be offended at the suggestion of advertising on the same site. The people in Norman are a warm and friendly lot. They readily offer their warmest welcomes to anyone who stops by. So if you want to buy tea, coffee, books, or anything else related to the gay and lesbian community, then you should probably check out Norman Ebenstein Pays A Visit.