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Feb 28 2013

Free Workshops for All Experience LevelsMarch in Los Angeles

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Our workshops just keep getting more popular. We had huge turnouts in February as curious folks came to learn about everything from G-Spots to threesomes. This month, we’ve got a little something for everybody, with introductory classes on anal sex and bondage and advanced workshops on blowjobs and “extreme sex.” No matter what your gender, orientation or experience level, there’s a class for you in March. Join us!

Butt Sex Basics with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, March 6th @ 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.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 12h @ 8-10pm $7

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. This show’s guests include  Kurt BraunohlerTJ MillerDan LevyTommy JohnaginAparna NancherlaJared LoganKara Klenk and Rob O’ Reilly.

Head of the Class: Blowjobs 201 with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, March 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to give an even better blowjob? Let our Sex Specialist 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.

Basic Bondage & Sensation Play with Mary
Wednesday, March 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Learn the essentials of bedroom bondage and sensation play. Our kink connoisseurs will show you the ropes, including how to communicate and negotiate for what you want. You’ll discover quick and easy bondage techniques and how to use blindfolds, feathers, massage candles and other items to play with your partner’s sensations. People of all experience levels and orientations welcome.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 26th @ 8-10pm $7

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. Guests TBA.

Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, March 27th @ 8-10-pm FREE!

Do you want to discover and push the boundaries of your sexual exploration? Damon will guide you through the outer edges of erotic experience, including fisting, watersports, sounding and “dirty play.” This judgment-free class will focus on finding partners, safer sex practices, emotional safety and practical advice for a wide range of edgy fetishes.

Jan 30 2013

Upcoming Workshops in New York

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Feburary is right around the corner. Our store will be extra busy with Valentine’s Day shoppers. Which reminds us, have you seen our new window display? We’re also offering two of our most popular workshops: Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Ignacio and Brandon B’s expert class on blowjobs. On February 27th, we’re pleased to host guest educator Ducky Doolittle for a special class on sex for survivors. Read on for our schedule through the end of March.

50 Shades of Pleasure with Ignacio
Wednesday, February 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Inspired by E.L. James’s “Fifty Shades” books, which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Brandon B.
Wednesday, February 20th @ 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.

Sex for Survivors with Ducky Doolittle
Wednesday, February 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you find it difficult to be present during sex? Tuning out? This is a very common coping technique for anyone who has survived domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms abuse. Join Ducky Doolittle, a sexual assault & violence intervention counselor, and herself a survivor, to discuss common issues we face and discover ways of growing beyond the trauma. We’ll learn how to become more conscious in our bodies, build confidence, bond with our partners, embrace desires, and explore healing through touch in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Coming up in March

3/6- Strap On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Ignacio

3/13- Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura

3/20- Blowjobs & Beyond with Laura

3/27- Butt Sex Basics with Brandon B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 08 2013

Touring the Exhibition Floor at ANME

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As followers of our Los Angeles Twitter feed know, yesterday we dropped in at the Adult Novelty Manufacturer’s Expo in Burbank to check out the latest gadgets. Here are some of the more unusual sights that caught our eye…

Ceramic vibes from Blissful Touch

 

Grabbing hold of James Deen

 

Memo double fisting with the new Fun Factory Stronic

Here’s the Fun Factory Stronic in action!

System JO had a soft serve ice cream bar with flavored lubes!

 Try this at home, if you dare.

Cyberskin dolls were an uncanny sight

 

Down the rabbit hole.

 

Look at these cockrings.

 

Colorful silicone from Tantus!

Check out more Tantus toys.

The new Hello Touch finger vibe from Jimmyjane

 

Jimmyjane’s booth had a Sistine Chapel vibe to it.

 

Our colleague from Lovehoney demonstrates the Thrustick. Wow.

Kind of like a Nerf football. With nipples.

 

The “Fantasy Football Stroker”

Which toys would you like to see on the shelves of your local Pleasure Chest? Tell us in the comments.

 

Aug 10 2012

Dan Telfer, Megan Gailey & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- August 20th

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Join us on Monday, August 20th at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety, produced and hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Dan Telfer, Megan Gailey, Will Miles, Lisa Laureta and Andy Fleming. We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

Please enjoy Megan Gailey on being a Disney princess.

Aug 10 2012

Mailbag: A Letter from Kenneth Snipps

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This week, The Pleasure Chest was honored to receive the above letter from the enigmatic Kenneth Snipps. When we first read this rare piece of snail mail, we were a bit puzzled. Then we Googled our new friend. Turns out Mr. Snipps is quite the prolific letter writer, and might just be a prankster with a vivid imagination. He may even be connected to this delightfully weird gossip blog about the residents of Forestville, Connecticut.

To be honest, we prefer to believe that Mr. Snipps and his friends Betty Potter, Barbara Deavers and Norbert Pendleton are all real.

So, Kenneth, if you’re reading this, we’d be delighted to give you a special discount on your Christmas purchases. Please send us an email (or another delightful letter) and we’ll help you make Norbert’s holiday a very happy one.

Your friends,

The Pleasure Chest

 

 

Jun 08 2012

Celebrate LA Pride With Us& Win a Fun Factory G4 Tiger

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Are you going to LA Pride this Sunday? We are! Nearly two dozen members of our sexy street team will join the festivities in West Hollywood. We’ll be handing out free buttons and prizes, and posing for naughty photos. If you don’t see us on the street, look for our posse at Here, at the corner of North Robertson and Santa Monica.

In addition to the free goodies, we’re also offering Pride partiers a chance to win the new Fun Factory G4 Tiger, a luxury vibe so powerful it’ll make you roar with delight.

We chose the Tiger as our top prize because the wide base and ergonomic handle make it versatile for both vaginal and anal play. It’s also got the an amazing textured silicone shaft and just the right curve, whether you’re aiming for the G-Spot or the P-Spot. Oh, and did we mention that it’s rechargeable?

How to Win a G4 Tiger

1. While at Pride, take a photo with someone from our street team.

2. Email your best pic to mattc@thepleasurechest.com before Wed, June 13th.

3. We’ll award the G4 to the proud person who sent our favorite photo.

It’s that simple! We hope to see you on Sunday.

Jun 04 2012

Oral Sex, Prostate Play & Our New Comedy Night June in Chicago

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In June, we welcome the beginning of summer and the annual LGBTQ pride festivities. To celebrate, our Sex Specialists will host free workshops every Wednesday night, including classes on how to queer your sex, pleasure the prostate, optimize your orgasm, and give amazing oral. We’re also kicking off the Chicago edition of our Performance Anxiety comedy night. In addition to all this free fun, look for our sexy street team, handing out goodies at the Pride Parade on June 24th!

Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

This class is geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or nontraditional power play into their sex. We’ll cover communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, pumping, oral pleasure, role-playing, and tips, tricks and toys for hot queer sex.

The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 13th @ 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 is actually central to the male 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!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, June 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place! Join us for the Chicago debut of Performance Anxiety, a free comedy night produced and hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher. It’s absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases. The show will feature appearances by James Fritz, Chad Briggs, Puterbaugh Sisters, Goodrich Gevaart, Eli Olsberg and Katie McVay.

The Ultimate O with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 20th @ 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.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 27th @ 8-10pm 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 blowjobs, 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.

May 08 2012

Dona: A Ritual for the Senses

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Vanae of Culver City, CA for winning this contest.

This month we’re pleased to introduce you to Dona, a line of sensual bath and body products. Each of the items in the Dona line is created with naturally-derived ingredients from renewable resources. Dona products are eco-friendly, biodegradable and made without animal testing.

Best of all, each Dona product comes infused with one of three proven aphrodisiacs. There’s acai for stamina, blue lotus for heightened awareness and tranquility, and goji berry for increased testosterone and sex drive.

Each product can be seen as a step in a sensual ritual, designed to awaken the senses and nurture the body and mind. For the bath, Dona offers bath salts and body polish, both derived from the Dead Sea. There’s a shave gel for grooming intimate areas, and a body mist for moisturizing. If you’re planning a romantic evening, they’ve got sensual, soy-based massage candles and a more traditional massage oil. There are faux rose petals to create a path or set the stage, and a kissable body drizzle for sweeter foreplay.

Win a Dona Sampler

Want to win a sampler of Dona products? Perhaps you want to try them for yourself. Or win them for the lucky woman on your Mother’s Day gift list. Simply tell us why you’re excited to try Dona in the comments below. On Friday, we’ll pick one lucky reader to receive an assortment of goodies. Good luck!

 

 

 

Oct 21 2011

Free Workshops at Our Chicago Store

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Have you been to one of our workshops yet? They’re fun, open to everyone and totally free. In the next month, you can learn about tantra, female ejaculation, communication and more. Join us.

Introduction to Tantra
Wednesday, October 26th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation
Wednesday, November 2nd @ 8pm 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!

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Blowjobs & Beyond
Wednesday, November 9th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Tell Me What You Want
Wednesday, November 16th @ 8pm FREE!

Everyone wants to feel valued, understood, and safe while opening up to a lover, but in a society that doesn’t foster communication about sex, even the most basic requests can be difficult. In this workshop, we’ll share some tips from the kink and poly worlds that will help you compassionately communicate and negotiate your deepest needs in that most delicate of spaces– the bedroom. We’ll share practical advice for communication, regardless of your gender or orientation.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Erotica Salon Chicago
Thursday, November 17th @ 8pm FREE! 

Join us for an evening of sexy spoken word with Chicago-based writers as they weave sensational stories guaranteed to tease, titillate and tantalize your brains (and maybe your bodies, too!) The evening’s guests include:

  • Menajah Twah, the Chicago-based author of “Whimsical Intentions.”
  • Clarisse Thorn, a feminist, pro-BDSM sex writer, who will be reading from her new e-book on pickup artists.
  • The salon’s MC will be Sarah Sloane, a prolific writer & educator who occasionally delves into the steamy underbelly of porn and resurfaces with something dirty to talk about.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Circle
Monday, November 28th @ 8pm 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.

Self-Pleasure Workshop for Women
Wednesday, November 30th @ 8pm FREE!

The orgasms you experience with your lover start with you. Our Sex Specialists will cover anatomy, techniques for self-touch, and, of course, our favorite toys, lubes, and erotic accessories. The more you know about your own response patterns, the better your sex life will be, whether partnered or solo! This workshop will be a safe space for women only.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Oct 11 2010

It Gets Better

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In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. — Quentin Crisp

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, we’re throwing our support behind Dan Savage and his It Gets Better viral video campaign to combat homophobia and suicide among queer youth. The project has resulted in some surprising and candid videos from a number of folks in the sex positive community,  but we’d like to give a special shout out to porn star Buck Angel for this heartfelt message.

Savage’s campaign is so popular that even The White House tried to co-opt his rhetoric, with an opportunistic speech by presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett at the HRC dinner this past weekend.  Well, Savage ain’t havin’ it. We’re happy to see him standing his ground, and helping to spread the message.

Last but not least, here’s lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, with a hilarious take on coming out. When it comes to comedy, it doesn’t get much better than this.