A Guide to American Sex Shops

sex shops guidesex shops guideSpicing up things in the bedroom is always a good idea, so why not make your next date night destination a sex shop in your neighborhood?

Inspired by Babeland's Cheap Date Night series (free stuff this Thursday in NYC!), here's a list of the best sex shops across the USA that you can hit the next time you and your partner go out on the town. If your town isn't represented, head to the online version and search the web for a night in -- either way the results will surely be explosive.

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Getting off in:

Boston

The original Good Vibrations opened in San Francisco in 1977, but also has an East Coast presence in Brookline, Massachusetts. One of the oldest sex shops in the nation, Good Vibrations has always been a sex-positive store with a mission to provide information on sexual health and pleasure in an all-inclusive manner. You'll receive top-notch customer service at Good Vibrations, alongside a huge selection of sex toys, books, videos, and a number of enhancement items.

Los Angeles

Coco de Mer is the classiest of sex shops, offering high-end, lush accessories as well as classes on oral sex and your fetish of choice. The photo booth/changing room is an added bonus, and as I've mentioned here before, a perfect way to get your partner turned on in a flash.

New York City

Babeland has locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn so your commute should not be an excuse to miss any of their classes, workshops, or just fun events for couples and singles alike. This week the ladies of Babeland explore the topic of their book, Moregasm: Babeland's Guide to Mind Blowing Sex. If you're in Seattle, you can also stop into the original Babeland and stock up on your date night essentials.

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Austin

Voted the "Best Naughty Store" by the Austin Chronicle, Forbidden Fruit has been around for the past 20 years educating Texans on everything from correct condom use to exceptional fellatio. Whether you want to explore a fetish or simply lube up for the night, Forbidden Fruit will have what you're jonesing for on date night.

Portland

Female-friendly means couple-friendly,and generally "clean," so looking for a female-friendly sex shop is always a great idea. Portland's She Bop offers gorgeous toys as well as stimulating classes. Up next, burlesque and gender and role play.

Chicago

From the Better ----- Kit to the Curious Couple Kit, The Pleasure Chest has an extensive toy collection whatever your mood. Another store with mileage, The Pleasure Chest has been enhancing sexual health and happiness since 1972 and can also be found in Los Angeles and New York City.

Atlanta

If you thought George Clooney was on to something with his sex chair in Burn After Reading, you'll love The Liberator Factory Store online and in Atlanta. This high-end store gets rave reviews for being more "adult" and less black light and bong. With lots of sex-enhancing cushions and furniture, Liberator is a truly unique sex shop experience. Of course they offer the toys, vibes, lingerie, and lubes for the whole experience.

Cleveland

Getting consistently good reviews online, Ambiance offers Cleveland couples everything from sexy lingerie to honey dust (a must-try). In multiple locations and also online, Ambiance is all about offering couples of all kinds advice and inspiration.

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Miami

Last year Playthings was voted the Best Place to Buy Sex toys by the Miami New Times, and with the description of its offerings, it's no wonder. From the soft, motorized tongue to the John Holmes 12-inch dildo, something will tickle your fancy in Miami's understated (really, that's why they put the John Holmes c--- in the backroom) sex shop in a strip mall.

Albuquerque

Self Serve Toys really is a DIY sex shop offering private classes for you and your friends to make your own fun. But rest assured, they have a healthy curriculum of BDSM and the art of cunnilingus they offer as well. More Urban Outfitters than underground, Self Serve Toys really will feel like a regular shopping trip, you'll just come home with body treats, vibes, lubes, and c--- rings instead of an A-line skirt.


Written by April Peveteaux for CafeMom's blog The Stir.

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