“When the shop first opened all we featured were beach towels,” according to the Towels of Key West website. “Over the years the collection has expanded into all types of towels, for the beach and home. Always striving to improve our customers experience we added other home décor and an extensive collection of lounge wear including robes, nightshirts and pajamas.”
Located at 806 Duval St., Towels of Key West was founded in 1986 by Kent Henry and Stan Wellman. That year, Henry and Wellman introduced the LGBT Rainbow towel, which is currently available online for $48.
Here’s the Key West Business Guild news release:
The Key West Business Guild will award its annual Lifetime Membership Award to Towels of Key West at its January 6 membership luncheon held at the Key West Marriott Beachside.
Towels of Key West is owned by Kent Henry and Stan Wellman. They started the business 30 years ago and it is the longest running LGBT retail store at 806 Duval Street, and is one of the oldest business on Key West’s main drag.
They opened Cocktails of Key West nine years ago and began selling their own line of clothing, American Boy Key West, five years ago. Towels of Key West was one of the first to offer the famed LGBT Rainbow towel in the US for sale 30 years ago. They just recently reintroduced the Rainbow towel to the public this fall.
The Key West Business Guild is the nation’s oldest Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.