Today’s post was written by Teal Dye, Lotus Blooms.
“Hi, do you deliver your flowers?”
“Our apologies we’re not a flower shop, we’re an adult boutique.”
These phone calls and similar conversations are a weekly occurrence over at Lotus Blooms. And while we don’t have blossoming flower arrangements, we have curated a special selection of items that might just help you blossom in your own way!
But what really is an “adult boutique?” Is is just an ostentatious terms for a typical sex store? We don’t think so. Think about the images that get conjured up when you hear “sex store.” Are you envisioning a dingy, dark, seedy shop filled with old, dusty VHS tapes and maybe some newer DVDs lining the back wall? A musty smell of rubber and plastic, rows upon rows of half-opened products with nude bodies plastered across the boxes? If this is what comes to mind and a shiver runs down your spine (and not in the fun way!) when you hear the term sex shop, you’ve never visited us at 1017 King Street.
Here’s what to expect when you pay us visit.
Next time you stroll through upper King Street, take a second glance at our window filled with gorgeous silk, satin, and lace steel-boned corsets, twinkling lights, and hand-painted masquerade masks. Walk in and you’ll be greeted by flowy draperies that run floor to ceiling, sparkling chandeliers, armoires and bookcases filled with soft lace lingerie and a smiling, welcoming sex-educator excited to give you a tour and answer all your questions.
In order to create a comfortable, sex-positive environment, we stay away from toys and products whose packaging mirrors traditional pornographic imagery. The toys we carry are made from materials that are nonporous so that they can be cleaned and disinfected effectively. They are designed with gorgeous curves and shapes that take into consideration how human anatomy actually works, instead of designed to exaggerate and mock human anatomy.
Did you know that sex toys and products are sold as “novelty items” which means they aren’t regulated by the FDA like many other body products (shampoos, face wash, etc) you use. Ever used a lubricant that burned? Most lubes have harmful chemicals in them such as alcohol, glycerin (sugars!), and parabens which can contribute to tissue dryness -the opposite of what a lube should do- infections, irritation, and even more serious health complications. At Lotus Blooms, we don’t believe that something as wonderful and life-changing as lube should be an uncomfortable experience. So, educators have done extensive research on the ingredients and how they interact with bodies, to ensure that we have the perfect lube for your body.
At Lotus Blooms, our sex educators do the work for you. We carefully review every item in our store to find the most pleasurable items made with the healthiest materials and ingredients–that’s our body-safe philosophy. We aim to provide an elegant, relaxed environment with the educational resources necessary for you to take charge of your sexuality. Whether that means finding a lube because your body is changing, or finding the perfect piece of lingerie to feel confident and sexy, or exploring a new way of playing with vibrators for yourself or within your relationship. We want to nurture all people towards positive sexual wellness that will keep their bodies and souls healthy, happy and fulfilled.
Another thing that separates Lotus Blooms from many other shops is how we train our staff. Everyone at Lotus Blooms advocates for and provides sex education. We are passionate educators committed to helping you find products that fit your body and interests and are always available to answer any questions. We are trained in anatomy, physiology, pleasure, toys, lubes, you name it- we either know it, or we’ll find the answer for you. We encourage you to let us know what you are looking for, any body or health concerns you have, and what new ideas you would like to explore! In fact, many doctors, doulas, counselors, and pelvic floor therapists send their clients our way to learn more about their bodies and the endless opportunities for pleasure and play.
Don’t just listen to us brag about our shop, check out what some of our customers have to say.
“The girl working at the front was ridiculously friendly, approachable and made it almost impossible for my awkward shy self to feel awkward and shy in there. She was very attentive and noticed when we …needed more information about something and was there right away to help, but gave us space to browse on our own too”
“What an amazing shop!!! Gone are the shady feelings going into a nasty, dirty sex shop. The staff is high-class, well-educated, and remove any embarrassment about buying a product.”
“Lotus Blooms is a space so wonderful, you probably haven’t imagined it exists. It’s a body positive sex store with an emphasis on education. The carry these beautiful high end corsets that fit up to a 4X! Lotus Blooms is a safe space and is welcoming to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.”
We believe that everyone deserves a comfortable and sex positive environment to explore their sexuality and discover new interests. So, while we do our fair share of laughing at bad puns and dad-jokes, you won’t hear us laughing at “the biggest dildo.” And you definitely won’t feel like we’re judging what you’re looking for. Our motto? If it feels good, do it! And we’d love to help you find whatever that is! Plus, Valentines Day is just around the corner…