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Oct 12 2011

Video from the Gloryhole

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Did you see our photos from our 40th anniversary bash? If not, take a moment to click over and see this amazing gallery of images from Gloryhole. We’ve also put together this short video featuring glimpses of poledancing by Kitty Cadillac, gloryhole action with Nina Hartley and Mistress Mary, sword swallowing by Breanna Belladonna, stiltdancing by Cassidy Haley and our very popular spanking booth, manned by Jesse Vendetta. Enjoy!

Oct 05 2011

A Peek Inside the Gloryhole

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Last Thursday night, our LA store was completely transformed for Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut, a fortieth anniversary party, hosted by Lenora Claire. And we kinda went off. The event included a sleazy gloryhole installation with appearances by April Flores, Nina Hartley, Damon Holzum and many other sexy folks, an aerial performance by Belladonna, pole dancing by Kitty Cadillac and Buffy, free vodka from Cougar Juice, a spanking booth, a party bus, a photo booth, a stiltwalker, a sword swallower, and yes, even a monkey! The whole shinding was topped with cheese curds and liberally slathered in gravy from The Poutine Truck.

Frankly, we are still recovering from the festivities, but we wanted to share these photos with you. If you’re still curious, please check out the LA Weekly‘s gallery for more scenes from Gloryhole. And if you have any photos to share, please send them to mattc@thepleasurechest.com or tweet them at us!

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Oct 04 2011

Performance Anxiety is BackTuesday, October 11th

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Join us on Tuesday, October 11th at 8pm for the return of our ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Confirmed guests for this show include Moshe Kasher, Ian Edwards, Jeff Dye, Sean O’ Connor, DC Pierson and Chuck Watkins. Buy advance tickets to guarantee a seat!

Please enjoy Jeff Dye’s bit on working out at the gym.

 

Oct 04 2011

Scenes from Love MachineOur 40th at Stonewall Inn

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Did you come to Love Machine, our 40th Anniversary party at Stonewall Inn a couple weeks back? Next Magazine did a great little write-up on it, and Jovan just sent us a whole bunch of pictures from the night. Here are a few of our favorites. If you have any photos you want to share, please email them to mattc@thepleasurechest.com or tweet ‘em at us! Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate.

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 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 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.

 

 

Sep 13 2011

Joan Jett, Sid Vicious & The Pleasure Chest

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Photo by Brad Elterman

In an interview posted today at The Morton Report, Joan Jett confirms a rumor we’ve heard for years:

I think it was '78. All the Runaways were staying on a houseboat. On that same trip, I was also hanging out with Sid [Vicious] and Nancy [Spungen]. That was right before they came to America. And you know, that hoop belt that Sid would always wear, it was a black leather belt with rings on it. I gave that to him in England. I bought that at the Pleasure Chest in LA, and I used to wear it all the time, you can see a lot of Runaways pictures with me wearing that belt. And I gave it to him just as a gesture, because I was a fan. And he started wearing it, and in all their pictures of them in America when they did their tour. I just think that's funny.

While we’re on the subject of the 70s, check out Dressing for Pleasure, a 1977 documentary on fetish fashion, which helped influence the UK punk scene.

Sep 12 2011

The Pleasure Chest on Entourage

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Last night, HBO’s Entourage wrapped up its 8th and final season. Love it or hate it, the show was an institution. Speaking of institutions, did we mention that we turned 40 this month? We’ll be sharing many of The Pleasure Chest’s pop culture cameos over the next few weeks. Check out this clip from season 6 of Entourage shot in our West Hollywood store. And no, unfortunately Sadie does not work here. Stop calling!

 

Sep 07 2011

40th Anniversary Celebrations in New York

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40 years ago this month, Duane Colglazier and Bill Rifkin opened a waterbed store at the busy corner of 7th Avenue South and 10th Street in the West Village.  The main flo0r of the shop was only 47″ wide and 12′ long. One customer described it as a split-level closet. They quickly added items like mood lighting, cockrings and handcuffs, before deciding to become a full fledged sex shop. The Pleasure Chest was born!

The original location is now a sushi restaurant, but our current New York store is just next door. We don’t carry waterbeds anymore, but we have expanded to offer products to meet nearly everyone’s needs and a roster of free educational workshops to support a diverse population. So, this month we’re celebrating “The Big 4-Oh” in style. Check out our complete lineup of free events and workshops through September!

 Sleazy Saturday

September 10th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

Pleasure Her Perfect
September 13th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Laura

Sleazy Saturday
September 17th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

Love Machine: Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary Party @ Stonewall Inn
September 18th @ 10pm-4am FREE!

The Pleasure Chest is turning 40 and we’re teaming up with Harder Candy to throw the sexiest, 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 Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard
September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sleazy Saturday
September 24th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

40 Sexy Things You Can Try Tonight with Jamye Waxman
September 26th @ 8pm FREE!

Get ready to rock your sex life! Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with special guest Jamye Waxman presenting 40 sexy things you can try tonight. During this workshop, we’ll unlock a treasure trove of quick tips to improve the sex life of any couple. Jamye will give you creative ideas and moves to keep your lover begging for more.

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50
September 27th @ 8pm FREE!

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

Sex Specialist: Ignacio 

40/40 Party
September 30th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

We’re celebrating two birthdays tonight! Not only is it the 40th anniversary of our humble smut shop, it’s also the big four O, for our very own Ignacio Rivera! Join us for an open bar, in-store DJ and cupcakes for the first 40 guests.