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Jul 29 2015

Free Los Angeles Workshops in August!

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by Chelsea

Kick off Anal August with these free and fabulous workshops!

Ease Into Anal August: An Ass-tastic Launch Party
Sunday, August 2nd @ 5-8PM FREE!

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Get your asses over to The Pleasure Chest for a party celebrating the return of Anal August and the launch of our Better Booty Campaign! At 6pm, Chris and Brian will ease you into our month of all things anal with a Butt Sex Basics workshop, where you’ll learn everything you need to know about warm-up, the best toys for beginners, which lubes your butt will love, our favorite positions for anal, and more. Plus, we’ll be providing chair massages, snacks, and booze, to help you stay relaxed all evening.

Prostate Pleasure with Charlie Glickman
Wednesday, August 5th 8-10 PM FREE!

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More people are discovering the amazing pleasure potential of the prostate, aka the male G-spot. Prostate massage, pegging, and anal sex for men can bring you to new heights of sensation, and Charlie Glickman PhD, one of the authors of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration for Men and Their Partners is here to tell you all about it. He’ll explain the role of the prostate in sexual arousal and orgasm, give you lots of tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, tell you all about prostate massage, show you the best toys for strap-on play and pegging, offer ideas for combining prostate play with other kinds of sex, and much more. Whether you’re new to the idea of prostate play or you’re an experienced enthusiast, Charlie has plenty to offer you, so come discover new ways to make your partner’s toes curl!

Guest Educator: Dr. Charlie Glickman

Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, August 12th 8-10 PM FREE!

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Do you want to walk on the wild side of sex!? This awesome course will focus on the things you need to know to enjoy sex in the extreme. Learn the ins and outs of anal sex including preparation, best lubes for every occasion, the most popular and entertaining toys and the best position to help you enjoy and impress your partner(s). This class will teach you fun and sexy tips to enjoy the sexier side of play time. Topics include watersports, hang/finger play, toys, dirty play and lot of other forms of unconventional play. Embrace your wild side and enjoy your sexploration in this sex-positive class where you’re free to ask all the kinky, taboo questions in a fun and zero-judgment environment.

Class is held on a first come, first served basis so arrive early to reserve your spot! Registration not necessary.

Guest Educator: Damon Holzum

Bend Over Buddy with Larkin & Chris
Wednesday, August 19th 8-10 PM FREE!

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Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get strapped on and warmed up for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Sex Specialists: Larkin and Chris

Spank Someone Happy with Mistress Mary & Andrea
Wednesday, August 26th 8-10 PM FREE!

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Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists 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.

Sex Specialists: Mistress Mary & Andrea

Jul 08 2015

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

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by Chelsea

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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 and Libby Thomas. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Featuring appearances by:

Brendon Walsh

Jon Daly

Julian McCollough

Arden Myrin

Dave Ross

Omar Nava

Joe Kardon

Harris Mayersohn

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Jul 07 2015

Free Workshops in LA in July!

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by Chelsea

Get ready to make this the hottest summer yet with our July workshops!

 

O-M-G-Spot! with Larkin & Amanda

Wednesday, July 1st @ 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!

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Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay and Fantasy in the Bedroom with Koko & Andrea

Sunday, July 5th @ 6-8pm – 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.

 

Asserting Dominance and Giving Submission with Mistress Mary

Wednesday, July 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

There are lots of ways to incorporate dominance and submission into your sex life. In this workshop, Mistress Mary will help you discover a way of playing that is unique to you and your partner(s). You’ll go over BDSM basics and negotiation, and how you can tap into your inner Dom and/or sub and even look the part. Plus, you’ll learn how to incorporate roleplay, bondage, sensation play and impact play into your D/s.

 

One-On-One: Dating for Introverts with the Redhead Bedhead

Wednesday, July 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

It’s hard out there for an introvert. It’s definitely an extrovert world, and sometimes it can feel like the very (often misunderstood) nature of introversion makes introverts ineligible for the traditional dating game. The Redhead Bedhead says eff that noise! Inspired her own experience as a raging introvert and the wisdom of Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, this workshop will show you how to make dating work for you, on your terms. The Redhead Bedhead will give tips, answer questions and share some fun introvert facts along the way!

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Sex Buffet: Planning Your Spread with Sex Nerd Sandra

Wednesday, July 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Hungry for some new ideas? Plan out a spicy menu with professional sex nerd Sandra Daugherty! From appetizer to dessert, each person has their favorites. In this sex-positive primer, learn how to negotiate what’s on the table, explore a taste of popular entrées like kink and oral and find surprising ways to expand your palate. Join in for a night of delicious adventure.

 

Lick by Lick, Blow by Blow: Oral Sex for Everyone with Elle Chase

Wednesday, July 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Do you marvel at people who love giving head or going down? Are you checking your watch as you suck and blow? In this fun and informal class, we’ll spend some time talking about your oral pet peeves and how to solve them. You’ll learn some basic pleasure-focused anatomy, easy tips to make fellatio and/or cunnilingus fun for you, and tricks to render your partner speechless. Lady Cheeky will show you how to enjoy pleasing your partner with your lips and tongue – and even look forward to it.

Jun 11 2015

The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles Seeks Customer Service Assistant

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by Chelsea

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The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a part-time sex-positive customer service assistant to join our family at our Los Angeles location! An ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills, a flexible schedule – including availability on nights and weekends – a passion for sexual health and an interest in sex education.

About us:

Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has firmly believed that everyone has a fundamental right to pursue sexual fulfillment. Our mission is to support our community’s sexual growth and exploration by providing a fun, educational and specialized experience.

Customer Assistant Job Description

Customer Service:

A Customer Assistant is primarily responsible for point of sale. This includes communicating information about the materials of the toys to the customer and any manufacturer’s warranties, battery-testing all toys, and making any relevant point of sale purchase recommendations (such as batteries, toy accessories, etc). Customer Assistants will need to be comfortable using a computer and possess a general knowledge of Eagle POS software.

Customer Assistants are also expected to greet customers as they enter the store, be aware of all promotions, discounts, coupons and cross-promotions that The Pleasure Chest is running, and to participate in a core sex education training and maintain a general knowledge of products in the store by also attending periodic, mandatory in-service trainings.

Store Upkeep:

Customer Assistants are expected to assist with special cleaning, merchandising, purchasing and events projects as assigned by Floor Supervisors.  Customer Assistants will have daily cleaning, stocking and “fluffing” duties. Customer Assistants must be able to lift up to 20 lbs and handle minor store maintenance.

Pay:

Customer Assistants’ starting wage is $9.00/hr plus commission. Please note: this position will require weekend night shift(s).

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@pleasurechest.com no later than Friday June 19th. No calls.

The Pleasure Chest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and trans* people are encouraged to apply. 

Jun 06 2015

Kinane, Braunger & More!
Performance Anxiety June 9th

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by Chelsea

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Join us on Tuesday, May 12th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Jun 05 2015

The Pleasure Chest Seeks National Copywriter & Social Media Specialist

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by Chelsea

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The Pleasure Chest is seeking a motivated and experienced National Copywriter and Social Media Specialist with a passion for writing, blogging, social media and sex toys to work in our national office in Los Angeles. The successful candidate will have strong writing and editing skills, a good understanding of the sex industry, and recent experience with existing and emerging social media platforms. We are especially interested in candidates with a solid customer service background, marketing experience and the ability to balance creative and analytical duties. Last but not least, this individual must enjoy writing about sex.

Position summary

The National Copywriter and Social Media Specialist is a full-time position which requires balancing the art of social media with the daily duties of content writing for a fast-paced national retail store. The ideal candidate will be able to use technology to further business goals as well as create strong customer relationships.

Duties include:

- Participate in the development and execution of a strategic national social media plan with special attention to new initiatives
- Maintain national and regional profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Vine, Instagram and Fetlife
- Write and edit 3-4 short blog posts per week, including sex news, product reviews, event announcements, company news and product giveaways
- Write educational and product-focused content for our how-to blog
- Assist in creating marketing and PR content (press releases, media samples, creating real time promos, etc)
- Write and edit product descriptions, ads, email blasts, staff product reviews, and in-store content such as signage and brochures
- Stay informed on industry news at the national level and local store regions
- Use analytics to measure and report the impact and progress of social media on the overall marketing efforts
- Collaborate with Head of Business Operations and Graphics Designer on marketing plans
- Collaborate with store managers in all locations on local marketing efforts
- Be an enthusiastic sex nerd and sex toy evangelist

Qualifications

- Excellent writing, copy-editing and proofreading skills
- Sex-positive industry knowledge
- Basic familiarity with WordPress and social media platforms
- Ability to write in The Pleasure Chest’s voice, which is witty, sometimes irreverent, and always sex-positive and inclusive
- Strong organizational skills and the ability work independently
- Marketing and PR experience preferred
- Creativity and flexibility
- A desire to be surrounded by dildos all day long

Benefits

- Paid vacation and sick time
- Medical benefits
- Fabulous discounts on sex toys as well as free products to review

Schedule/Pay

- Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
- $16/hr starting rate; eligibility for annual performance-based raises

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume via email to Karen@pleasurechest.com no later than Sunday June 14th.

In addition, please submit the following writing samples:
- A sample blog post of no more than 150 words.
- A sample tweet
- A sample Facebook status update

The Pleasure Chest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and trans* people are encouraged to apply. No calls.

About the Pleasure Chest

Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has helped pioneer a sex positive culture, with an emphasis on education, enjoyment and inclusivity. For 40 years, we’ve been a resource for the best products and the most accurate information to make your life sexier. Along the way, we’ve appeared on Sex & the City and Entourage and even shown up in the lyrics of a Queen song. With stores in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, we offer every customer a specialized experience in a judgment-free environment, a huge variety of toys and a regular series of free workshops to promote healthy, pleasurable and fulfilling sex for everyone.

Jun 03 2015

June Workshops in L.A.

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by Chelsea

Summer is coming, and things are about to get hot at The Pleasure Chest! Come join us for workshops and comedy this June.

SeDamon Holzum 1x-Positivity for Gay Men with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, June 3rd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

This workshop will explore the sometimes complex ins and outs of creating a sex-positive love life for gay men (and those that love them).  Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or single and ready to mingle, this course will uncover the tools you need to have a hot sex life and explore your kinks. A wide range of topics will be included, such as: overcoming common road blocks to sex, being comfortable with communication, addressing intimacy hurdles with your partner(s), where and how to hook up, topping/bottoming, foreplay, common myths, and your risk factor spectrum.  This is a sex-positive environment where you’re encouraged to ask all your sexy questions and chat about anything and everything related to the joys of man-on-man sex.

Surefire Sizzling Sex with Judith & Frank
Sunday, June 7th @ 6-8pm – FREE!

Judith and Frank, co-authors of the award-winning book So That’s Why They Do That! Men, Women, and Their Hormones, will be joining us for a workshop on making sex a practice. They’ll share techniques for sizzling sex, how hormones influence your sex life, how to tell when your partner is ready to go, and what to do once you know! Although everyone is welcome, this talk is geared toward straight, partnered couples.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, June 9th @ 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 and Libby Thomas. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

midori 5Auntie Midori’s Practical Advice for New Tops & Dominants
Wednesday, June 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Are you just beginning to explore your top or dominant side?  Do you find all the information about BDSM out there a bit intimidating? Do you want to have successful kinky scenes and feel confident? Auntie Midori is here to help! She’ll share practical tips, easy ways to get started, and how to avoid common mistakes. Learn how to find out you and your partner’s desires and select the right toys to make them a steamy reality. Midori will teach you how to avoid harming your partner while keeping the thrill and answer all of your kinky queries. She may even share some tales of her spectacular, goofy bloopers too.

Hands-On Rope Bondage with Midori
Thursday, June 11 @ 8-10pm – FREE! 

Bring the pleasures of Japanese bondage into your bedroom with easy, sexy rope play. In this class, you’ll learn simple, elegant, effective and sensual rope skills that will thrill your partner. Midori, author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage and educator extraordinaire, will also teach you how to avoid clumsiness and minimize risks, including boring or harming your partner. Learn essential foundation techniques including four two-column restraints, safety, rope selection, and creative, sexy positions. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 15 feet and 2 of 25 feet of rope. Rope will also be available for purchase. Class size will be limited, so please arrive early to secure a space.

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Wednesday, June 17th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

BJ beginner? Want to shake up your oral routine? Our Sex Specialists will teach you to make every mouthful count. This class will cover all of the anatomy that matters, tips and tricks to keep under your belt when going below the belt, and of course, the legendary deep throat.

Snatch Attack: The Art of Common Sense Cunnilingus with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, June 24th @ 8-10pm, FREE!

Going down. Pearl diving. Whisper in the willows. Whatever you call it, the potential for pleasure can leave some speechless! Join sex educator and Nerdist podcaster Sex Nerd Sandra as she tears down misleading myths and dishes on easy ways to build up and expand your arsenal for amazing oral sex.

May 16 2015

The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles Seeks Customer Service Assistant

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by Chelsea

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The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a sex-positive customer service and web fulfillment assistant to join our family! An ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills, an interest in sexual health/education, decent technical skills and strong attention to detail.

This is a full-time position with 3 shifts in the Web department and 1 shift working on the sales floor at our LA store.

Web Customer Service Job Description

Customer Service:

In the Web department, Customer Service Assistants field calls from customers, which can involve helping someone through a phone order, making recommendations, answering questions about orders and handling customer grievances.  They are also responsible for order fulfillment, which involves pulling and packing products to ship out same-day.

On the sales floor, a Customer Assistant is primarily responsible for point of sale. This includes communicating information about the materials of the toys to the customer and any manufacturer’s warranties, battery-testing all toys, and making any relevant point of sale purchase recommendations (such as batteries, toy accessories, etc). Customer Assistants will need to be comfortable using a computer. They are expected to participate in a core sex education training and maintain a general knowledge of products in the store by also attending periodic, mandatory in-service trainings.

Store Upkeep:

Customer Assistants are expected to assist with special cleaning, merchandising, purchasing and events projects as assigned by Floor Supervisors.  Customer Assistants will have daily cleaning, stocking and “fluffing” duties.  Customer Assistants must be able to lift up to 20 lbs and handle minor store maintenance.

Pay:

Pay for the web shifts starts at $10/hr.  Pay for the floor shift starts at $9/hr plus shared daily commission. Both rates will increase by $1/hr upon achieving Sex Specialist status.

About us:

Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has firmly believed that everyone has a fundamental right to pursue sexual fulfillment. Our mission is to support our community’s sexual growth and exploration by providing a fun, educational and specialized experience.

Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@pleasurechest.com with the subject line “Web Customer Service”.  Application cutoff is May 20th.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and trans folks are encouraged to apply. Please no calls.

May 11 2015

Miller, Stevens & More!
Performance Anxiety May 12th

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by Chelsea

Performance Anxiety May 13th

Join us on Tuesday, May 12th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy Nicole Byer’s unsuccessful attempt to get laid, on her webseries.

Apr 17 2015

Comedy & Crotchless Panties: Performance Anxiety’s 4th Anniversary

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by Chelsea

Performance Anxiety 4th Anniversary

On Tuesday, Performance Anxiety, the comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles, celebrated its fourth anniversary with a sold-out show. Fans of the show packed the house, finding places to stand in the back and sit on the floor once the seats were filled. T.J. Miller and Pete Holmes, who headlined Performance Anxiety’s very first show in 2011, returned to headline the anniversary show. Special guests Joe Mande and Eddie Pepitone made appearances as well.

The anniversary audience enjoyed a better class of free booze — Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and even wine — and some lucky folks went home with giveaways, including Pleasure Chest gift cards and products. T.J. Miller also gave away Silicon Valley swag and a signed  bottle that was a prop from the film Extract.

It’s an exciting moment for comedy, particularly in L.A. Vulture recently identified this as the “second comedy boom” in an article in which Performance Anxiety is featured. We’ve been delighted to play host to the renaissance for the last four years, particularly since the renaissance gives us beer and makes us laugh.