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Apr 20 2012

The Pleasure Chest on Nightline Tonight

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Want to know what this Fifty Shades of Grey craze is all about? Curious about the “mommyporn revolution?” Check out tonight’s episode of Nightline, featuring us! The segment airs at 11:35pm tonight. You can check out a teaser here.

If these books have piqued your curiosity about bondage and submission, don’t forget that we now offer Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a unique workshop inspired by scenes from the novel.  If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations.

Apr 17 2012

Fifty Shades of Pleasure

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Have you heard about Fifty Shades of Grey? If not, welcome back from vacation! E.L. James’s amazingly popular erotic e-book has launched two sequels and announced the arrival of a new literary genre dubbed “mommyporndue to its popularity with suburban mothers. The Fifty Shades trilogy follows a young woman named Anastasia as she’s inducted into the kinky world of bondage and domination by dreamy millionaire Christian Grey (hence the title). The books have captured the top three slots on the New York Times bestseller list and nabbed a movie deal, and they’re only just now coming out in print.

The LA Times devotes a lengthy article today to the Fifty Shades phenomenon, and we are prominently featured. The piece begins:

The staff of the Pleasure Chest, a high-end West Hollywood sex shop, were first tipped to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon by their accountant, who noticed a curious spike in sales a few weeks ago. New customers had been drawn to the store after reading the erotic novel about a young woman’s submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, and wanted some products described in the book. 

It’s true! Fifty Shades fever has led to increased demand for bondage rope, blindfolds, kegel balls and riding crops– all items featured in the books‘ steamier passages.

“We’ve had all these women coming in saying, ‘Where do you keep your mommy porn?’” said Kristen Tribby, director of creative development and strategy at The Pleasure Chest. “Or a man will come in and say, ‘My wife’s reading this book. She attacked me three times last week. I’ve been married for 20 years and we rarely have sex three times in one week….’ It is kind of opening up their sex life.” 

So, why Fifty Shades and why right now? There are a lot of opinions on the mommyporn phenomenon. Newsweek’s cover story links the apparent rise in fantasies of sexual submission to women’s increasing economic power, while The Nation argues there’s nothing new about the popularity of sadomasochism.

What we do know is that women are more curious than ever about trying some bedroom bondage of their own. So, we’ve created Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a new workshop to help Fifty Shades fans and bondage beginners make their fantasies come true. If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations. We’re also offering Fifty Shades of Pleasure to private parties and groups. Contact mike@thepleasurechest.com

Apr 17 2012

Sex Ed (for Adults Only) in Chicago

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There was a nice little tribute to our Chicago store on Salon yesterday. The writer remembers:

When “The Pleasure Chest” moved their Chicago store to our neighborhood a few years ago, the brigades of young mothers pushing $1,000 strollers were not amused.

It’s true. Our move to the Lakeview District caused a small controversy back in 2006 as you can see in this news clip.


Six years later, Salon notes:

The Pleasure Chest really —as it turns out—didn’t change morality, end marriages, beckon to the four horseman of the apocalypse to giddy up down Lincoln Avenue and flash their swords of righteousness. Neither Michelle nor husband Marcus Bachman needed to be called in to consult. The war on women did not open up a new front right down the block from the Dunkin Donuts.

Instead, The Pleasure Chest just keeps on doing what it has been doing since the early seventies. And doing it well. No one’s morality changed. People had much larger battles to wage.

The post was inspired by the improbable appearance of a school bus parked outside our store. (Don’t fret, the bus was filled with adults from a tour group).

But we feel this is a good time to mention that we actually do have a sex ed curriculum– for adults. Tonight you can learn about vaginal fisting with Sarah Sloane. Or join us in May to learn about the G-Spot with Antoinette and female dominance with Midori. No matter what your experience level, we’ve probably got a class that will interest you. School is in session. And enrollment is free.

 

 

Mar 28 2012

Spring in ChicagoUpcoming Free Workshops

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Spring is here! We’re just getting warmed up with a full offering of free workshops, from classes on cunnilingus and the basics of buttsex to a handy tutorial on fisting. Check out our complete lineup below.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 4th @ 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 blowjobs. 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect (Special Cunnilingus Edition) with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, April 11th @ 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.

Vaginal Fisting with Sarah Sloane
Tuesday, April 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Fisting has a formidable reputation in some circles, but it’s actually a sensual, spiritual way of connecting with our partners. Find out what fisting really is (hint: there are no fists!), how to coax your body (or your partner’s body) into opening up for it, and some healthy and easy tips for making it hotter than you can imagine!

           

 

Butt Sex Basics with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 18th @ 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, April 23rd @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

Coming up…

Wednesday, May 2nd -40 & Over Sex Secrets with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, May 23rd- G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette

Tuesday, May 29th- Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori

Wednesday, May 30th- The Art of Feminine Dominance with Midori

Wednesday, June 6th- Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 13th- The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 20th- The Ultimate O with Antoinette

Wednesday, June 27th- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane

Feb 28 2012

Strap-Ons, Threesomes, Tantra & MoreUpcoming Workshops in Chicago

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Spend this rare February 29th with us, learning new sex positions to make your Leap Year extra sexy. Then, keep coming back for more in March. We’ll host sex and relationships expert Reid Mihalko to discuss threesomes and blowjobs. Our resident Sex Specialists Antoinette and Sarah Sloane will share their wisdom on strap-on harnesses, G-spots and Tantra. There’s even another knitting night. We hope to see you here!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th, 8-10pm FREE! 

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th, 8-1opm FREE! 

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

Tuesday, March 13th, 8-10pm FREE!

It’s a popular fantasy with twice the pleasure potential, but navigating a three-way romance (if only for one night) can be tricky. Sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach techniques to satisfy two lovers at once, ways to overcome fears and concerns, the most common threesome mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to negotiate boundaries and safer sex protocols to make your next ménage à trois trés bien!

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 blowjobs. 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.

Wednesday, March 21st, 8-10pm FREE!

Most classes teach sex from the outside in, but tantra can help you learn from the inside out. In sex, as in life, it can be difficult to slow down and breathe. If you want to deepen your approach to pleasure and the body, come learn the practical skills that can be your gateway, whether you’re with a loved one or renewing your love for yourself.

Monday, March 26th, 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Wednesday, March 28th, 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!

 

Jan 31 2012

Dirty Talk, Sex Toys, Open Relationships & MoreWorkshops in Chicago

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February is here, and with it a full lineup of free workshops in our Chicago store. Whether you want to learn how to improve your oral (and aural) skills, incorporate sex toys, try new positions or explore open relationships, we’ve got a class for you. There’s even a knitting night! Check out our schedule below.

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

What are open relationships and how do they work? From polyamory and consensual non-monogamy to swinging, we’ll explore how to negotiate these often challenging relationship models. Learn the pleasures and pitfalls of open relationships, improve communication and discover how to find other non-monogamous people.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 7pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Coming in March…

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th @ 8pm FREE!

Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm FREE!

Introduction to Tantra with Antoinette
Wednesday March 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 26th @ 7pm FREE!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 28th 8pm FREE!

 

Jan 02 2012

Spanking, Sex Tips, Rope Bondage & KnittingFree Events in Chicago

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Hey Chicago, what are you doing in 2012? May we suggest a little spanking? Or some seductive sex tips? We hope you’re not all tied up yet, because we’ve got a full lineup of free events, from rope bondage to knitting nights! Join us.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 18th @ 8pm FREE!

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, January 23rd @ 7pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Rope Bondage with Leon MonkeyFetish
Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm FREE!

Rope bondage is passion.  It is connection. It is pleasure and pain, joy and suffering, gentle and brutal all combined into one.  The technical side is important and is the basis of good rope bondage.  We will cover the skills you need to continue your newfound love affair with rope. You will also learn how to use rope to manipulate the emotions of the scene to produce the desired effect in your partner.

Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 25th @ 8pm FREE!

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Coming up in February and March…

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 7pm FREE!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th @ 8pm FREE!

Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm FREE!

Introduction to Tantra with Antoinette
Wednesday March 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 26th @ 7pm FREE!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 28th 8pm FREE!