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  Mangobeaned...

Sheffield's Private Shop has closed


Link Here 13th October 2017
Private Shops bannerSheffield's Private Shop has closed on Division Street. The shop is now being converted into a Mangobeans coffee shop.

The shop had a minor claim to fame as it is next door to house where Jarvis Cocker of the Sheffield band Pulp, fell out of a window at party when trying to impress a girl with his Spiderman impression.

 

 Offsite Article: The Golden Age of Porn Media...


Link Here 5th October 2017
dvd US adult producers discuss the diminished, but continuing popularity of DVDs as an alternative to internet streaming or downloads

See article from xbiz.com

 

  Pop in for a chat...

Vibes in Aylesford becomes the second stockist of the Samantha sex doll


Link Here 27th September 2017

samantha vibezVibes Adult Boutique in Aylesford, Kent has become the second shop to be noted as official vendors of the intelligent sex doll Samantha as created by Synthea Amatus.

The shop will sell the dolls for 3,500.

While Vibez has just one on sale at present, orders can be taken and deliveries can be made within six weeks.

Samantha has an SD card for programme updates and will be able to adapt and be updated as programming evolves.

 

  Appropriate 4Play...

ASA dismisses whinge about a sex shop advert


Link Here 18th August 2017

4play street advert advertA poster for 4Play Adult Store, which appeared near a bus stop in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear, was seen on 25 April 2017. The ad contained text that stated 4play adult store ... Use our new Click & Collect service to receive an additional 10% Discount. The ad also featured an image of a woman dressed in purple bra, knickers, suspenders and stockings. She was reclining on her side with her arm raised and her hand touching her head.

A complainant, who believed that the ad was unsuitable for display where children could see it, challenged whether the ad was irresponsible.

ASA Assessment: Complaint not upheld

The ASA noted that the model featured in the ad was in a reclining pose that accentuated her chest and hips. The model's hair appeared tousled, her lips were slightly parted and she had a sultry facial expression. Although the model was wearing a matching lingerie set, we noted that it was not overtly revealing and the ad did not show any nudity. We noted that the name of the shop was a play on words and acknowledged that some might find the name distasteful, but considered that the pun was unlikely to be understood by most children. We also acknowledged that some might find the products sold by the shop distasteful, but noted that such products could be advertised as long as ads complied with the Code and were not irresponsible, harmful or offensive in their presentation.

Notwithstanding the nature of the products sold by Damcott, we considered that the image featured was sensual, and the ad overall was sexually suggestive but not explicit. The size of the poster and the location on a main high street meant that it was likely to attract some attention. Although we understood that the ad in question did not have a placement restriction, we noted that it had been placed more than 100m away from schools located in the area. We therefore considered that the ad had not been inappropriately placed and that it was not irresponsible.

 

  Future World...

First sex robot goes on sale in the UK, no mention of any chance of test drive, but the doll can be seen at Liberation sex shop in London


Link Here 18th August 2017
sergi santos sex robotThis hyper-realistic sex robot filmed having an orgasm in a jaw-dropping video can now be bought for the first time.

The human-like erotic cyborg, named Samantha, has been programmed with eight different modes: family, entertainment, analysis, sleep and three sexy settings -- romantic, calm and nasty.

For around 2,500 customers can buy their very own sex robot.

Its creator, Dr Sergi Santos, from Barcelona, told Daily Star Online the experience of seeing Samantha climax will be surreal and comparable, if not better, than human sex. After months of fine tuning, Dr Santos, a scientist and academic, has finally started selling his talking female androids through his robotics company, Synthea Amatus.

Her brain memory is stored on an SD card in a computer inside her head, which is attached to the voluptuous silicone body. Her body has pressure points, which are responsive to physical interaction and feedback to the brain. This means Samantha can tell when you're getting excited because of penetration, speed and the way she got aroused

Samantha can be seen at Liberation sex shop in Covent Garden.

 

 Update: Unreasonable debate...

Westminster Council wins a case at the Supreme Court with regards to what costs can be loaded onto sex shop licence fee payers


Link Here 23rd July 2017  full story: Unfair Sex Shop Licences...Court battle over unfairly high sex shop licence charges
Uk Supreme CourtSome while ago, the European Court of Justice ruled that council fees should be limited to the cost of administration associated with licence. This put at end to massive morality charges but left open the debate about what costs are reasonable to include. Westminster Council has just won a case at the Supreme Court as part of this debate.

The latest case considered repayments to overcharged licence fee payers. The Court ruled that the correct approach to settling the repayment question is one that restores the parties to the position they should have been in.

The Court also stated that enforcement costs could be passed on to licence fee payers, but not before a a licensing application has been successful. ie the full costs cannot be loaded onto an applicant who has been refused a licence.

A number of operators of licensed sex shops in Soho, led by Simply Pleasure owner Timothy Hemming, had challenged Westminster City Council's previous practice of charging a 26,000 management fee over and above a 2,600 administration fee as part of the licensing application process. The fee went towards the costs of management and enforcement of the regime, and was refundable if the application was refused.

The case will now return to the High Court, which will settle a number of questions as to the reasonableness of the fees raised by the licence holders.

See full details in article from out-law.com .

 

  And the winners were...

ETO Awards 2017


Link Here 7th July 2017
ete award logoETO is a trade group for the UK adult trade associated with online and offline sex shops. The winners were decided by the votes of visitors to www.erotictradeonly.com. ...And the winners were:

Best New Female Product: Satisfyer Pro 2 (Satisfyer)

Best New Male Product: Pulse III (Hot Octopuss)

Best New Couples Product: Sync (We-Vibe)

Best New Hi-Tech Product: Sync (We-Vibe)

Most Innovative New Product: Fuzion Xchange (Rocks-Off)

Best New Product Range: Kink (Doc Johnson)

Best Consumable: ID Glide (ID Lubricants)

Best Fetish Products Brand: Fetish Fantasy Series (Pipedream)

Best Pleasure Products Brand: CalExotics

Best Luxury Brand: We-Vibe

Most Innovative Brand: Lovehoney

Best Sexual Health Brand: System Jo

Best Consumable Brand: ID Lubricants

Best Lingerie Brand: Leg Avenue

Best Fetish Products Distributor: Mister B

Best Specialist Products Distributor: Mister B

Best Pleasure Products Distributor: Creative Conceptions

Best International Distributor: Scala Playhouse

Best Lingerie Distributor: Leg Avenue

Best Retail Chain: Nice 'n' Naughty

Best Individual Store: Vibez Adult Boutique (Aylesford)

Best Specialist Retailer: Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium (London)

Best Online Retailer: Lovehoney

Best Erotic Writer: Cara Sutra

Best Store Manager: Sue Judge (Saints & Sinners, Blackpool)

Best Sales Team: Creative Conceptions

 

  New owners on the prowl...

Prowler stores in Soho and Brighton have changed hands


Link Here 21st April 2017
prowler logoThe Prowler Group including several sex shops and the Gay Times went into administration in March 2017.

The ABS Holdings, who run the Simply Pleasure chain of sex shops has just purchased the Prowler shops in Soho and Brighton and will keep these shops open.

The Birmingham store has closed though, as has Expectations in Hoxton, London which closed at the end of last year.

The Gay Times has been bought by a management group and will continue to publish.

 

  Mandy's Delights...

Irish sex shop owner receivers a small fine for selling porn DVDs without a licence


Link Here 13th February 2017
mandys delightsA sex shop boss has been fined 400 for illegally supplying porn videos from her shop in Navan.

She was found guilty after gardai seized 126 DVDs following a raid on her shop Mandy's Delights.

All the seized DVDs featured mainsteam porn with titles such as Jasmine and Her Gang, Third Sex Encounters, Apples and Bananas, The Great British Gender Bender #2, Discovering Alexis Texas, Backdoor Emergency Entry, 40 is the new 20, Best of Bisexual and Land of the Shemales.

 

  Colin retires...

Colin's Books sex shop closes in Cardiff


Link Here 5th February 2017
colins cardiffFor 40 years sex shop Colin's Books has sold porn and sex toys to its customers in Cardiff. A sign in red felt tip told customers All DVDs 5 cash only.

But the store was shutting its doors for good on Saturday as the businessmen behind the venture decided to retire. Colin's business partner Anthony expanded:

It used to be a little backstreet here but it is all built up now and the rents are going up and the rates are going up and we don't want to get in a difficult position. It's time to get out, it's not like it used to be with the internet.

 



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