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Apr 29 2015

May Workshops in Chicago

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by Kate M.

Get kinky, play solo, and give some head this spring, with skills you pick up at our free workshops!

role play 5Role Play with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 6th @ 8-10 PM  FREE!

Want to play doctor and patient? Or master and servant? Learn how to craft exciting and fun roleplay scenarios. We’ll cover the basics of safe, sane and consensual fantasy fulfillment, including negotiation, costumes, games, props and more.

Solo Sexuality  with Ash
Wednesday, May 13th  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Most people use the term “sex” to describe something that happens between at least two people, but what about the onesome? This class will discuss getting off individually, for anyone who’s interested. How do we set aside distractions, create elements of tension and intimacy, give ourselves permission to breathe and maybe make noise? How can we expand the ways we can give ourselves pleasure? Whether you’re making love to yourself or furiously jerking off (or both!), pick up some tricks with Ash.

Twisted Knitters Knitting Night with Sex Geekdom Chicago
Tuesday, May 19th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Come out and play with yarn and enjoy yummy snacks and great conversation with the folks from both The Pleasure Chest and Sex Geekdom Chicago!

getting cockyHead of the Class with Louie
Wednesday, May 20th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to give an even better blowjob? Let our Sex Specialists show you some new tricks and techniques. Learn how to find the perfect grip and mouth movement. Discover how to use your whole body to go the distance. Find new ways to tailor your blowjob to your specific partner. This class is for anyone who feels confident in giving head, but wants to take their skills to the next level.

Flogging 101 with Ash
Wednesday, May 27th  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to woo your partner with the massaging thud or the invigorating sting of a flogger? In this workshop, Ash will cover everything you need to get started, including negotiation, types of floggers from gentle to intense, different ways to use floggers to create a wide range of sensations, and how to pick the right tools for your scene.

Mar 20 2015

New Upper East Side Workshops

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by Kate M.

Join us in our gorgeous workshop space at our Upper East Side location

Butt Sex Basics with Phillip
Wednesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s bff, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

bondage 5Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Bondage for Beginners with Victor
Wednesday, April 1st  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Curious about getting tied up? Let us show you the ropes of basic bondage! This interactive beginner’s bondage workshop will cover a plethora of types of restraint, from using silk ties, to whipping out the handcuffs, to practical 30-second rope bondage for sex. We can guarantee that you’ll leave with a handful of tricks to incorporate safely into your next scene.

Head of the Class: Advanced Blowjobs with Brandon B.
Wednesday, April 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to give an even better blowjob? Let our Sex Specialists show you some new tricks and techniques. Learn how to find the perfect grip and mouth movement. Discover how to use your whole body to go the distance. Find new ways to tailor your blowjob to your specific partner. This class is for anyone who feels confident in giving head, but wants to take their skills to the next level.

pleasure her perfect 6Pleasure Her Perfect with Jes
Wednesday, April 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality. Although this class is geared toward people with vulvas, all genders and orientations are welcome.

The Ultimate O with Carly
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand blow jobs 4your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Blowjobs and Beyond with Lucas
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more. All BJ enthusiasts welcome.

Mar 20 2015

Free Chicago Workshops

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by Kate M.

Spring got sprung; you can too. Join us for a free workshop and get 15% off your purchases!

sarah sloane 1Prostate Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm – Free

If you haven’t thought about your prostate, you’re behind the times! Unofficially known as the male G-Spot, the prostate can actually be central to orgasm & can provide amazing pleasure, either solo or with a partner. Our Sex Specialists will explain the role of the prostate, both physically & sexually, and offer tips and techniques to bring out the best in your bottom!

Ultimate O for Her  with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 1st  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys. Although this classes focuses on people with vulvas, all genders and orientations are welcome.

blow jobs 3Ultimate O for Him with Louie
Wednesday, April 8th  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to blow his mind? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of men’s anatomy, while exploring the physical and psychological patterns of male arousal. Discover how to expand his pleasure through breathwork and other techniques and learn about the different types of orgasm (penile, prostate, energetic, etc.) This workshop is open to all genders and orientations, but will focus on male-bodied people and their partners.

Electrosex  with Ash
Wednesday, April 15th  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

It’s true, some people love getting a charge with their sex! Electro-play offers a world of new sensations to enjoy, and in this workshop our Sex Specialists will show you how to make it safe and pleasurable. Learn about everything from external electrostatic tickles to internal electro-stimulation. Whether you’re cautiously curious or totally excited about electric sex, this class is perfect for you.

Twisted Knitters Knitting Night with Sex Geekdom Chicago
Tuesday, April 21st @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Come out and play with yarn and enjoy yummy snacks and great conversation with the folks from both The Pleasure Chest and Sex Geekdom Chicago!

Butt Sex for Beginners with Louiebutt sex 3
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Ready to explore the final frontier? Our sex specialists have the knowledge you need to make your fanny happy, from positions to plugs to prostate play. We’ll teach you how to warm up your butt for a good time, fill you in on the best toys and lubes for solo and partnered anal play, and address common concerns about comfort and cleanliness. All butts welcome. Bums away!

O-M-G Spot with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 29th  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Too often, the G-spot is described as a myth or a too-good-to-be-true orgasm button. Our Sex Specialists are here to set the record straight and teach you some real world techniques for enjoying your G-spot with or without a partner. We’ll cover massage, toys, the best positions for G-spot access, and even tricks for teaching yourself to squirt! All genders and orientations welcome.

Dec 19 2014

Advent Calendar Day 19:
Tantus Wham Bam Paddle

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by Kate M.

Update: Congratulations to Vivian Darkbloom, who delighted us and/or ruined our lives with Portnoy’s Fun Taint. 

Welcome to day nineteen of our Holiday Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away 24 prizes in 24 days, including many of our favorite toys! Every day, we’ll be posting a new contest and linking to it from the Holiday Advent Calendar main page, where you can also find more details and tips for how to win.

Today, we’re giving away a Tantus Wham Bam Paddle!

Day 19 tantus wham bam paddle

Thank you, ma’am! Made of 100% silicone, the flexible Wham Bam Paddle is vegan and non-porous, making it a great toy for sharing. An excellent  alternative to wood and leather paddles, and a must-have for impact play enthusiasts. 

Want to win? Here’s how.

Delight us with your wit yet again! We loved reading “Pulping the Classics: Bad Romance by Great Writers” on The Toast this morning, and we’ve decided to make it the subject of our contest today. In the comments below, give us the title and a couple sentences of jacket copy of a well-known-book-turned-bad-romance-novel. For example:

Of Mice and Members by John Steinbeck

The lissom but lonely wife of a California landowner has her life turned upside down by the presence of a rugged but sweet ranch worker named Lennie. Does she dare to follow her heart? And can Lennie really give her what she craves?

We’ll pick a favorite tomorrow at 11:30am PST. One entry per person.

U.S. residents only.
Entering this contest will add you to our mailing list, so that you can receive occasional updates about new products and deals from our web store. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

Sep 25 2014

“A Perfect Fit”: Staff Review of
the Tantus Beginners Gag

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by Kate M.

beginners gag

For those interested in exploring BDSM or those who are already seasoned veterans, this is a great alternative to the classic ball gag. Instead of the traditional rubber or latex, the insertable part of the Beginners Gag is made of ultra high quality silicone. This means there’s no unpleasant taste or odor, and that it can easily be cleaned after play and the straps can be removed to facilitate even easier cleaning.

The straps themselves are made of leather, providing a great sense of quality to this toy. It attaches behind the head with a velcro closure. This allows the toy to be fitted to each individual person’s head, meaning it will always be a perfect fit!

The internal part of this gag has a ball shape with a tapered stem, allowing the teeth and lips to comfortably close instead of being stretched open. However, the internal part is prominent enough to still act as an effective gag.

I find this to be a great option because traditional ball gags open cause me jaw pain. I like that I don’t have to keep my mouth so wide open, I enjoy the total lack of flavor or odor, and I really appreciate the quality of this gag.

Sep 17 2014

Sexy September in Chicago:
Upcoming Workshops

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by Kate M.

chastityChastity Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, September 17th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Curious about this very intimate form of restraint? This class will cover ways to play with chastity with and without specific devices, the health factors of short and long-term chastity play, how to correctly fit a chastity device, troubleshooting issues with them, how to negotiate with a partner or practice solo, and ways to play games and have fun with it.

Ask A Sex Educator Anything
Saturday, September 20th @ 2-5pm – FREE!

Have a question about sexuality that you want to get an expert opinion on? Curious about how to create better orgasms for you or your partner? Want to know what resources there are for you, both in and out of the shop? Never fear! Stop by the shop, and chat with one of our senior sex educators about whatever sex topic you’re curious about. And after you chat, you’ll get a discount coupon to use on your purchase that day!

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving with Charles Muir & Leah Alchin
tantra 7Tuesday, September 23 @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Tantra Masters Charles Muir and Leah Alchin will provide you with a fresh approach to sex and sexual love, teaching you how to bring more spirit, intimacy and ecstasy into your love life. You will learn the secret to longer and deeper orgasms and ways to expand pleasure and become orgasmic throughout the entire body.  You will also learn the Art of Touch: how to give and receive with increased awareness and energy transmission.  Additionally, this is an opportunity to learn what to expect at the Tantra weekend seminar in Chicago, Sept. 26-28. All attendees will receive a $25 CD on “Tantra Practices and Principles.”

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Louie
Wednesday, September 24th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years, the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

Sep 09 2014

What Midori Taught Us
About Feminine Dominance

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by Kate M.

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Last night, we were lucky enough to host Midori‘s Art of Feminine Dominance Class at our West Hollywood store. For those of you who aren’t in L.A., or who couldn’t make it to the class, here’s a little of what we learned:

- Anyone can be a femme top when and if they want to be, regardless of gender identity.

- Scenes depend on objectification – not destructive objectification, like when someone catcalls you from a passing car, but constructive objectification: “taking a little sliver of the full spectrum of you, giving it depth and height, and exploring it.”

A femme dominant is a fetish, in the less-common sense of the word – an object believed to hold the power of magic, transcendence, protection and transformation. So when your lover says, “I want you to tie me down and spank me,” they may actually be saying, “Strip me of my defenses and bring me the anxiety and joy only you can.”

- You can have lots of femme top identities for different partners, moods, and occasions.

Who are your power femmes from myth, religion, folklore, fairy tales, history, movies, (actors vs. characters), books, comics? How about job titles or social positions: CEO, pirate, mommy, nurse, popular girl, assassin? What about people from your own life? Try listing some of those people and their powerful femme attributes – the dark as well as the light – and then take a look at your list. This can give you some great ideas both for role play and for some power femme traits you might find within yourself. 

Want to know more? Midori’s Forte Femme weekend intensive in San Francisco is coming up in October. What better way to continue your journey of femme dominance? 

Aug 05 2014

Free Workshops this Anal August
at The Pleasure Chest L.A.

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by Kate M.

It’s Anal August, and we have an ass ton of awesome workshops for your butt! As always, attendees get 15% off their purchases after each class, so get your ass in here and join us!

ninaBlow Jobs 2.0 with Nina Hartley
Sunday, August 10th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Want to amp up your blowjobs? Sex educator and adult star Nina Hartley will teach you to suck it up and swallow your doubts, with enough tips and tricks to keep your lover begging for more. Plus, she’ll be celebrating Anal August by teaching you to incorporate ass play into your oral fun, for an experience that’s way beyond the average blow job.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 12th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

mary2Spank Someone Happy with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, August 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let Mistress Mary bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and roleplay. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

Butt Sex for Beginners with Kristen
Wednesday, August 20th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Ready to explore the final frontier? Our sex specialists have the knowledge you need to make your fanny happy, from positions to plugs to prostate play – and even how to access the G-spot anally. We’ll teach you how to warm up your butt for a good time, fill you in on the best toys and lubes for solo and partnered anal play, and address common concerns about comfort and cleanliness. Bums away!

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 26th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Damon Holzum 3Advanced Anal with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, August 27th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

And when Anal August is over, you can still look forward to this:

The 5 Biggest Myths About Sex & Aging with Joan Price
Sunday, September 14th @6-8pm – FREE!

Joan Price, author of Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex, shatters the myths and shares the most common questions that Boomers, seniors, and elders ask her. She’ll answer those questions, too—in the candid, upbeat manner that led the media to dub her “senior sexpert.”

Jul 25 2014

All the Kinky Sex Toys
from the 50 Shades Trailer

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by Kate M.

50 shades movie

Have you seen the 50 Shades of Grey trailer yet? No? Okay, we’ll give you a moment to catch up to the rest of the internet.


Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get started on fulfilling those innocent-coed-meets-tortured-hunk role play fantasies. As it turns out, you don’t have to be a reclusive billionaire to turn your bedroom into a dungeon for an hour (or a weekend). You can even stock up on the kinky treats you see in the trailer.

Choose Your Blindfold
grey satinpadded blindfold
The blindfold may be our favorite BDSM toy out there. Having the eyes covered heightens the wearer’s other senses, making each touch a delicious surprise. Plus, it’s a boon for new tops: if your bottom can’t see you, she can’t see you checking your Two Knotty Boys book to make sure that you’re tying her up correctly. The trailer features both the classic Gray Satin Blindfold and a soft leather one, like the super-comfy Padded Blindfold.

Suspension  Cuffs
suspension cuffs
Here’s the thing about having your hands cuffed over your head: it can be hell on the wrists. We were pleased to see that Christian Grey was putting Anastasia Steele’s safety first, with cuffs that gave her something to hold on to. You, too, can keep your sub safe with the Master’s Series Suspension Restraints.

Floggers
rotator floggersuede flogger
We’re hoping that FSoG: The Cinematic Experience will include a scene with the Rotator Flogger that we saw in the trailer! These floggers look really impressive when you swing them, and they pack a serious wallop. They take some practice, though, so we recommend the soft Suede Flogger for a less experienced top or a bottom who prefers a lighter impact.

Riding Crop
vegan bat crop
Ah, the classic riding crop, star of so many kinky fantasies! You can flick your lover with the tip or deliver a serious smack with the shaft. We like the compact, sturdy Vegan Bat Crop.

Red Rope
japanese style bondage rope
One does want a hint of color. This cotton Japanese Style Bondage Rope is soft and thick enough to be comfortable (even under clothes, if you’re feeling naughty), and the color options make it a friend to the fashion-conscious fetishist. (Whenever you use rope, make sure that you have a pair of utility scissors handy, in case you need to cut your lover free. Don’t let a stubborn knot, an earthquake, or a surprise visit from the in-laws catch you unprepared!)

Jul 04 2014

Fetish Fitness: The Greatest Idea

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by Kate M.

fetish fitness

Mistress Anna, a pro dom/personal trainer in Australia, has come up with a million dollar idea: she holds fitness classes that combine her two areas of expertise. Kinksters hoping to get in shape come to her for circuit training that takes discipline very, very seriously. We’re going to go ahead and say that this is the greatest use of “if you want to do something difficult, make it sexy,” that we’ve ever heard of. Mistress Anna, we praise your entrepreneurial spirit. 

You can watch a news segment about Fetish Fitness here. It’s a little sensationalist in the way that you’d expect from a news segment about anything kinky, but some of the interviews are lovely.