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Feb 13 2014

The History of Adult Stores

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You knew that we’re the oldest operating sex store in the country, right? Did you know that the first sex store in the world was a West German joint called the Institute of Marital Hygiene? (Yeah, we don’t think we’ll be changing our name anytime soon.) These and so many more facts about sex stores can be found on Tilly Pop’s most recent post, “The History of Adult Stores, Part I (1962-1977).”

Feb 12 2014

Burlesque on the Upper East Side

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For the next few nights, from 6-10PM, upscale burlesque dancers will be performing in the window displays at our Upper East Side store. Join us for champagne, chocolate, and an awesome schedule of performers:

Thursday: Jana Jacobs & Dangrrr Doll
Friday: Jana Jacobs & Bombazeen Bean
Saturday: Jana Jacobs and Dangrrr Doll

Additionally, we’ll be serving champagne from 6PM to midnight on Friday at our West Village location.

Feb 12 2014

The Amorino is our Valentine

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Are you still looking for a Valentine’s gift? Our staff is pretty well obsessed with the Fun Factory Amorino. In fact, Antoinette Elizabeth, at the Chicago store, wrote an incredibly thorough review that takes you through several different ways that you can use it. We thought you might like to take a look:

The Amorino is a petite dual-stimulation vibe from Fun Factory with the same waterproof, magnetically-charged, ridiculously strong qualities as the Pearly, Flora, and Semilino… and then some. It has a little something extra: a silicone band stretched from its big point to its little point, like the bow of the Cupid it’s named for. There are grooves or tracks molded into those points so it doesn’t slide off (something I wondered about before I saw it in person), and the band can be used twisted like an X between the points, open like an O around them, or removed entirely for a more traditional rabbit-style effect. The idea is that the vibrations will transfer to the band and stimulate the entire vulva between the vibrating points. Fun Factory has a good track record with anatomical intuition; their toys frequently do not do just one thing well, but two or three or four or…

How did I like the Amorino? I liked it a lot! 

It was an interesting journey. (A note on the vibration itself: I like strong vibration and don’t much care for pulsation, so I confess to mostly neglecting the lower settings and patterns. The quality overall is strong but fine; with a higher pitch than many but not teeth-grittingly buzzy. It’s a silver feather of light, not an angry bee. It’s also not too loud. A toy to compare it to in vibration frequency would be the Vibratex Rosebud, which also has two vibrating points, and which I frequently recommend be used this way, externally. This one takes that side dish and builds it into a main course. People who like the Rosebud should like this. Almost everyone seems to like the Rosebud.)

At first, used dry as a slow warmup, it stimulated the top of the clitoral hood and the fourchette (this is the ‘fork’ where the lips come together at the bottom of the vaginal opening, right before the perineum) simultaneously, a different sensation than I was used to from a toy, but had experienced before from loving and attentive hands. The little or clitoral point is pronounced, and brought the vibration down into the clit through the hood and up into its little sensitive nerve bundle without actually touching the head. I had the band in an X shape (the O shape did not fit my body very well) and at this stage did not notice it nearly as much as I noticed the dual vibration that made me very aware of the entire length of my vulva. All I was doing was pressing it against myself gently; it was quite enough for a while. 

Once everything was happy and warm, it was on to the next stage, wetness and motion. With some comfy water-based lube, I pressed a little more and observed how it fit and what motions would be most comfortable. It went only a little deeper past the fourchette and in/down while pressing the clit more directly. The crossed band that kept it from doing any real penetration was now a factor. It pressed against the urethra and the nerve-rich area under it called the vestibule, which is the outside of the G-spot and as important as the clitoris in many people’s sexual response. There were a lot of small positioning changes that produced noticeable effects. The toy will hit different bodies different ways, but this quality should be true for most or all of them, and the ability to twist or untwist the band will allow for some customization. Even though it was still mostly external stimulation, the downward pressure on the fourchette and perineum already felt a lot like penetration. Both the vestibule and the fourchette are so often neglected when we talk about sex, and few toys acknowledge their existence intelligently. 

Next, I pulled back and with more lube used just the big tip like a tongue on and around my clitoris for much longer than almost any other toy has ever convinced me to do (the other one was the FF Tango). The small, rounded-yet-pointed shape was a big part of it. It was easy to stroke it in between and around all the little puffed up surfaces, just pointed enough, just small enough, just flat enough at certain angles. The band was less noticeable now. Going back and forth between this position and the earlier ones that stimulated the whole vulva really felt like skilled cunnilingus. That’s a first for me with a toy!

But…after a while, even if the cunnilingus is very skilled, some of us want more. How did it work as a ‘regular toy?’ The band did make full penetration slightly uncomfortable at medium arousal; at high arousal it might be easier if one desires it. When I wanted all of it inside, I took the band off. Again, the oddly shaped tips made a difference, and concentrated the vibration in a way that made it more effective. It’s not a big toy, but penetration with it was very satisfying, especially after the full vulva warm-up it gave beforehand, and the grooves for the band added some pleasant texture. The little tip did not in this position actually touch the clitoris, but it pressed up so intently beneath it through the fourchette that everything was happy and feeling it, and the big tip was curving toward the G-spot just so. The fact that it had previously stimulated every surface and special spot on the outside made for a far more complete-feeling orgasm, like the one you get with someone who cares enough to touch and take care of all of you. It’s a more romantic form of self-love! Or partner love. I swear I did not say that to build on the Cupid-bow-Xes and Ohs et cetera; Fun Factory is just magic (or science). 

Really, this will be delightful for singles and couples (and groups). I can only imagine how nice it will also be for penises and butts, both of which it is also authorized and designed to handle. In the land of Love, all is permitted. My journey is not over, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about other people’s trips with this one for a long time.

Grade: A+. Thank you Fun Factory, thank you fun job.

By the way, if you’re reading this before 2/14/2014 at noon PST, you still have a chance to win an Amorino!

Feb 11 2014

Want to Win an Amorino?
Write a Love Poem!

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Update: Congratulations to Lee, who won the Amorino! Congratulations also to Amber and to BlackRa Ven (on Facebook) who will also receive some free goodies for being such awesome runners-up! Thanks to everyone who entered. You really made our Valentine’s Day. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away a Fun Factory Amorino!

Shaped like Cupid’s bow, with a subtle heart and arrow design along its side, the Amorino is fluent in the language of love. Its satiny silicone body is ideal for resting against the clit while you rock it against the G-spot, or for external stimulation during prostate play. Want more? The detachable silicone band wraps around the toy, transmitting vibration around the entire vulva, and can be twisted into different shapes for a variety of amazing sensations.

Want to win an Amorino? Here’s how.

In the comments below, write a love poem – to Fun Factory, to us, or to the Amorino itself. Be as serious or as silly as you want. Your poem can be a rhyming couplet, a limerick, a haiku, an experiment in the use of emoticons in free verse, or anything else you’d like it to be. It can even begin, “Roses are red, violets are blue.”

We’ll pick a favorite on February 14th at noon, PST.

U.S. residents only. 

Update: This contest is running simultaneously on Facebook. It is also possible to enter via our Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York pages. 

Feb 04 2014

4PLAY in Chicago: Your Valentine’s Date

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Wondering what to do this Valentine’s Day in Chicago? Wonder no more. February 13th-15th, you can get two tickets to 4PLAY sex in a series, champagne before the show and during intermission, chocolates, and a saucy gift bag from The Pleasure Chest for only $50. Much sexier than fighting the crowd at a French restaurant, non?

4PLAY sex in a series
The Den Theatre,
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.,
Thursday, Feb. 13 – Saturday, March 15.

Told in a sitcom format, with 4 acts, each running twenty-two minutes, 4PLAY is the not so simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party.

Reserve your Valentine’s Day Package here.

Feb 03 2014

Got a Pleasure Chest Tattoo?

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One of our staff met someone at a party this weekend and immediately recognized his tattoo as the Pleasure Chest logo. When he showed us a picture, we liked it so much that we decided to offer a 10% discount to anyone with a Pleasure Chest tattoo. We’re hoping that hundreds of you come out of the woodwork.

In-store only.
Offer valid through 2/28/14.

Jan 31 2014

Role Play, Burlesque & More! Free Workshops in Los Angeles

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Embrace romance this February by learning some new seduction skills! As always, attendees get 15% off all of their purchases.

My Smutty Valentine: Role Play & Dirty Talk with Kate
Wednesday, February 5th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Who says that Valentine’s Day has to be all about hearts and flowers? This class will teach you how to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies, for a truly salacious celebration of love. We’ll help you find the scenarios that make you the hottest, move past giggle fits gracefully, and embody an extra-sexy alter ego.

sex workers uniteSex Workers Unite with Melinda Chateauvert
Monday, February 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Activist Melinda Chateauvert will be reading from her new book, Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, a provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism, and freedom.

Bedroom Burlesque with Kitty Cadillac
Wednesday, February 19th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn how to take it off like a pro! Join Sex Specialist Kitty Cadillac as she shows you how to tantalize and tease your lover in the bedroom. Put on a private show they won’t forget. She will guide you through hot exotic dance moves, sensual glove and stocking peels, and how to give a sexy lap dance. It’s role playing at its finest!

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, February 25th @ 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.