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Sep 24 2011

40 Ways to Make Life Sexier

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We asked our LA store staff for their favorite sex tips. Here’s what they said…

Hard to remember to do your Kegel exercises? Do them at traffic lights! Every time you stop at a red light, squeeze for as long as you can, or until the light turns green, whichever comes first. -Sandra

Wrestle! The physical contact will make you sweaty, get your heart rate up and make you laugh. -Alicia

Buy a great lube, even if you think you don’t “need” one. Sometimes getting extra slippery can be just what the night needs. -Alicia

Take over one of your partner’s chores for a day. Let them relax and expect nothing in return (though you’ll probably get something!). -Alicia

Attend free sex workshops together. Get inspired! -Alicia

Find a great porn that really does it for you. -Alicia

Go down on someone without expecting anything in return. It’s sexy, fun and a good deed! -Alicia

Come up with a catchphrase to let your partner know you’re thinking of him or her naked. (Example: “Elephants are my favorite animal!”) With your partner’s consent, use the phrase often and in very public settings.  -Alicia

Roleplay! Make up a totally different persona and have your partner do the same. Don’t tell each other the details ahead of time. Meet at a predetermined location, commit to your newly acquired identities and let the sparks fly! -Oriana 

For women, the foreplay begins at dinner, not necessarily in the bedroom. Master the art of mental seduction by being attentive, making eye contact and engaging her in stimulating conversation. After all, nothing is sexier than a confident man or woman with brains to boot. -Oriana

The key to a sexy time is communication. Honestly discuss your dos and don’ts and learn to respect each other’s boundaries. It will make for a much more enjoyable time for all involved. -Oriana

Have an edible night! Edible body paint, chocolate-covered strawberries and whipped cream all have sexy possibilities. -Oriana

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, a little spanking in the bedroom is always appropriate! Experiment with different positions rhythms. Use your hands or grab a wooden spoon from the kitchen. Just make sure to replace it afterwards! -Oriana

If your partner is female-bodied, don’t use oil-based lube, not even for anal play, as it can lead to a bacterial infection. Opt for a silicone, water-based or hybrid lube instead! -Madison

Buy great underwear. It can literally change your day. -Alicia

Compliment others. Putting all the positive energy into the world is bound to pay off somehow. Making others smile usually elicits the same response in ourselves.  -Alicia

Have a nooner. Sex in broad daylight just seems naughtier. -Alicia

Never underestimate the power of sexting. Fire up your imagination early in the day. By the time the evening comes, you won’t be able to control yourselves. -Alicia

Putting a cheeky finger in a willing butt is always fun. But be kind and lube that bad boy up before getting the party started! Spit is a sexy option, but may dry too quickly. -Madison

Set the scene! Light some candles, put together a sexy playlist, get your sexy ensemble on and make sure all your toys are at hand. -Madison

Ladies, own at least one set of sexy lingerie. Pull it out and surprise your partner(s)! Don’t have any? Bring your partner to The Pleasure Chest and pick something sexy out. -Madison

Prostitution roleplay! Have your partner meet you at a seedy motel. Dress up sexy and make them pay for it. Return home and ask them how their day went. Act like it never happened. -Kitty

Layer your sensations! Use a clit toy, nipple clamps and a toy in your ass, all at the same time, and take your orgasm to the next level. -Jamila

Do a sexy photoshoot alone or with your partner(s). Make it as tasteful or as raunchy as you want. -Alicia

Have naked movie dates. Watch a regular movie while completely nude. Try not to fool around during the entire movie. Even if you lose, you win! -Alicia

Put a little ice in your mouth before performing oral sex. The cold might be a welcome surprise to your lover. -Jess

Use bondage tape to make an outfit. Then have your lover cut it off. -Mary

Try gender play. A packer will put you in touch with your masculinity and make you feel sexy. Or, if you’ve always imagined yourself with breasts, try a pair of breast forms. Wear both at the same time and be a pomosexual gender warrior. -Matt

Gag reflex problem? Instead of numbing your throat with a spray, try swallowing! The act of swallowing should override your gag reflex. -Jess

Want to sweeten your come? Drink pineapple juice regularly! -Jess

Play the “Who can make the other come first?” game! Try your very best to make your partner climax before they make you come. The object of the game is to hold back for as long as you can, delaying that sweet, sweet release. -Shay

When you’re giving a blowjob, use thicker gel lubricant like Good Head. This will coat your mouth much better than a traditional water-based lube, so you can really get your face fucked! -Mykey

Try some sensory deprivation. Intensify your partner’s experience, or your own, by adding a blindfold and earplugs (or earbuds playing some mood-setting music). Taking away the ability to see and hear will not only heighten your sense of touch, but also add the thrill of “what’s coming next?” Have fun with it. Massage, sensation play, toys. The possibilities are endless! -Shay

Apply Nipple Nibblers to your asshole for a cool, tingly sensation. It will also make your asshole sweet and leave your lover’s tongue tingling. -Mykey

Invest in one really good toy, like a stainless steel Njoy plug or a Jimmyjane Form 2. -Lillian

Keep your partner’s package locked until you’re ready to play with a chastity device like the CB6000 or the Birdlocked. -Matt

This one’s perfect for an anniversary or birthday surprise. Buy a wireless vibrator with remote control. Wear the vibrator and then gift wrap the controller. When your partner unwraps it and asks what it does, tell them to switch it on and see your reaction. Or, if you want to be in charge, gift wrap the vibrator. When they open it, switch on the controls, so that it vibrates in their hand. Either way, you’re both in for a fun night. -Sandra

 Make a replica of your partner’s penis. You can use it when you’re apart and missing him. Or, tie him up and tease him, while he watches you get yourself off with his clone. For more fun, bend him over, lube him up and fuck him with his own cock. -Matt

Take a bath together. It’s a wonderful way to relax, and also great foreplay. Bring a waterproof toy to play with. Wash each other’s bits before the main event. – Matt

Write erotica starring yourself! - Lillian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 23 2011

Tuesday Night: Performance AnxietyA Very Special Evening of Free Comedy

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Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a special night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Beth StellingKumail NanjianiAngelo BowersHampton YountAhmed Bharoocha and a top Secret Special guest you don’t want to miss!

We’ll announce the special guest on Tuesday on our Twitter account. We’re not taking reservations for this event, so be sure to plan on arriving early to claim a seat!

Sep 21 2011

Go Go Sister Bingo!This Saturday Night at Our LA Store

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Wanna get lucky this weekend?

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence & The Pleasure Chest invite you for a night of naughty bingo in our WeHo store, this Saturday night from 7-10.  Drop on by anytime throughout the night. We’ll have free drinks and fabulous prizes, provided by The Pleasure Chest.

Admission is free, but we ask a $1 donation per bingo card. The best part is that all proceeds go to charity. Join us! 

 

 

Sep 19 2011

Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest UncutThursday, September 29th

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Heads up, LA. Here’s the party you’ve been waiting for. We’ve teamed up with party diva Lenora Claire to present a night of decadent fun at our flagship store in WeHo. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 29th from 7pm til 11pm for Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut. This is the final party in our 40th Anniversary celebration.

Gloryhole is a peek behind the red curtain, giving guests a chance to mix and mingle with the sexual glitterati. Equal parts tease and sleaze, Gloryhole will let the curious see what goes on after hours at one of Los Angeles’ most storied locations, on the very same floor where Joan Jett once shopped for leather gear and 70s gay porn movies were made. Attendance is free, but given the nature of the entertainment, the party is invitation only. To RSVP, please send an email to gloryhole at thepleasurechest.com.

Featuring appearances by…

The night will include:

  • An XXX Gloryhole installation- Gaze through a voyeuristic portal into the extremes of human sexuality
  • Dancing with the Pornstars- Shake your booty with your favorite erotic entertainers & live DJs

Free Cocktails Provided by Cougar Juice!

  • Kinky Crafting- Make pervy paper dolls with your free Pleasure Chest Activity Book
  • Spanking booth
  • Sword swallowers, stiltwalkers, strippers & maybe even a monkey!
  • More TBA
Come celebrate with us!

 


 


Sep 16 2011

40 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pleasure Chest

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1) The Pleasure Chest started out in New York as a waterbed store. Mood lighting, cockrings and handcuffs were quickly added to the inventory, before it became a full fledged sex shop.

2) When it first opened, the main floor of the flagship store in New York was only 47” wide and 12’ long.

Duane Colglazier

3) The Pleasure Chest was founded by partners Duane Colglazier and Bill Rifkin.

4) The Pleasure Chest was the first adult retailer to not block out store windows and hide merchandise.

5) “We treat our customers just as though they were walking into Gimbel’s to buy a table and chairs.” – Pleasure Chest co-founder Bill Rifkin, 1972

6) In a New York Times article from 1972 which describes Rifkin and Colglazier as “bachelors,” Bill Rifkin claimed that 60% of the customers were “obviously heterosexual.”

7) Many celebrities have identified themselves as proud customers of The Pleasure Chest, including Victoria and David Beckham, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Queen Latifah and Olivia Munn.

8) The 1984 gay porn feature Fantasize was shot in the Los Angeles store.

Photo by Brad Elterman

9) Frequent customer Joan Jett says that she bought a leather ring belt from the Los Angeles store, and gave it to Sid Vicious. The belt can be seen in many photos of them from the 70s

10) “Enough to warm the cockles of the coldest Sado-Masochist heart.” – Playboy

11) Duane Colglazier was a former Wall Street trader and Bill Rifkin was a former banker before they co-founded The Pleasure Chest.

12) The Pleasure Chest has sold over 10,000 Rabbit vibrators since their appearance on Sex & The City, which was shot in our New York store.

13) “Make regular visits to the Pleasure Chest! You can’t forget your sexuality. You can still embrace your body by going to the gym or The Pleasure Chest.” – Halle Berry

14) The Queen song “Let Me Entertain You” released in 1978 includes these lyrics: “If you wanna see some action/We get nothing but the best/The S & M attraction/We got the Pleasure Chest.”

15) Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens met his wife Josie while shopping at The Pleasure Chest.

16) Many people believe that the Los Angeles store is haunted.

17) The Pleasure Chest used to accept Diner’s Club.

18) In a 1972 interview with The New York Times, Duane Colglazier claimed that Kama Sutra oil was the store’s top seller.

19) The deleted scenes for the first Jackass movie feature a hidden camera prank at our New York store in which Johnny Knoxville attempts to return a rubber ass covered in fake blood. Our fearless salesperson donned rubber gloves, inspected it and refused to take the toy back.

20) Past store locations include Miami, Toronto, Washington, DC,  Atlanta,  New Orleans, Key West and Philadelphia.

21) The first Los Angeles store was at 1022 North La Brea, south of Santa Monica Blvd. The second Los Angeles store opened at 8549 Santa Monica Blvd. In 1980, The Pleasure Chest moved again settling at its current location 7733 Santa Monica Blvd, the former site of two houses.

22) “Sex has been a good business for me.” – Pleasure Chest co-founder Duane Colglazier in The New York Times, 1981

23) When The Pleasure Chest announced plans to relocate its Chicago store in 2006, the company won a zoning battle with some local opponents.

24) Costumers for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge went to The Pleasure Chest for the outfits in a leather bar scene.

25) A hardcore gay sex comic from the 1970s was shot in the Los Angeles store.

26) Graphic artist Peter Saville, famous for his cover art for New Order and Joy Division, called The Pleasure Chest “the best fetish store in the world.”

27) “At last, New York has a respectable little store called The Pleasure Chest.” – Rolling Stone

28) Many TV shows have filmed on location at the Los Angeles store, including Tori Spelling’s So NoTORIus, The Girls Next Door, Penn & Teller: Bullshit, The Wanda Sykes Show, Secret Lives of Women, Tough Love Couples & Entourage.

29) The New York Times consulted The Pleasure Chest for a 1971 article on the “trend” of men wearing earrings. The store only sold them in pairs, because they were sourced from women’s costume jewelers.

30) Famed British music impresario Tony Wilson said of The Pleasure Chest: “Unlike Britain, people in America don’t talk about sex, but they (The Pleasure Chest) have things there that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.”

31) “One big classy Neiman Marcus.”– Hustler

32) When Pleasure Chest employees earned individual sales commissions, competition was fierce. Most of the staff were men and many were known to stuff their jeans to attract customers and boost sales. The company sought to level the playing field and banned the bulge. Aprons became mandatory uniforms for staff, until the individual commissions were finally abolished.

33) “I was going to a bachelorette party and doing a little shopping. I went in there to get tons of tiny sex toys and pin-the-penis-on-the-man games and stuff like that. I knew the paparazzi were there. I knew my picture was going to be taken when I came out. And I’m wearing my Stella McCartney sex-store-shopping jacket.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

34) “I remember being so happy when it opened here, at a time when Chicago was still kind of a cultural one-horse town.  It was a real harbinger of liberal thoughts and times to come!” – Cynthia Plaster Caster

35) Pleasure Chest co-founder Duane Colglazier used to drive an ice cream truck in California.

36) Most of the women’s apparel and shoes sold by The Pleasure Chest in its early years came exclusively in men’s sizes, to serve crossdressing and trans customers.

37) The Pleasure Chest used to sell jars of Vaseline and T-shirts with the Crisco logo.

38) The Pleasure Chest once sponsored a car in a demolition derby.

39) “I have gone to the Pleasure Chest. Hey, you know what, there’s nothing wrong with The Pleasure Chest. I don’t care if you’re famous or not, everybody needs a little toy here and there.” – Queen Latifah

40) Over 1 million cock rings sold since 1971.

Sep 14 2011

Love Machine: Our 40th Anniversary Party Sunday at NYC’s Stonewall Inn

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What are you doing on Sunday night? Cancel your plans, because you’re joining us at the legendary Stonewall Inn for the sexiest party of the year. That’s right, it’s our 40th anniversary bash, and we’re celebrating in style.

We’re teaming up with Harder Candy for Love Machine, a sexy, psychedelic naked cabaret hosted by “boy-next-whore” GO-GO HARDER. Dress your sexy 70s best: Leather, sequins, Boogie Nights, roller girl whores, disco slaves, and all things that unzip easily!

Featuring performances by:

  • Badass Boylesque Hottie Rockit
  • Flashdance Firecracker Diva Dev
  • siren of sodom Crimson Kitty

PLUS!

  • A free Pleasure Chest gift card for $19.71 for the first 40 to buy The Pleasure Chest COCKtail “Aphrodisiac”!
  • Kinky crafting & pervy paper dolls with your complimentary Pleasure Chest Activity Book!
  • Raffle with prizes from The Pleasure Chest.

The party goes until 4am, and best of all, it’s totally free.  Check out our Facebook page for more details.

 

 

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