A lot of people know The Stockroom mainly for the stuff that we sell online. That’s not unfair; since one of our biggest claims to fame is that when Joel Tucker started the company in 1988, he broke new ground by taking his business online. The Stockroom was the first sex toy company on the Internet, and 28 years later, we’re still here.
But we do a lot of great stuff in the real world, too, and if you’re in the Los Angeles Area, this weekend is a great opportunity to come and see us doing our best work in the latex-and-leather-clad-flesh. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re having our first rummage sale of 2016 today and tomorrow.
Our rummage sales have become legendary among Los Angeles kinksters. When most people have a rummage sale, they bring out obsolete stereo and video equipment, old board games, and that ugly piece of china that some distant relative gave as a present three or four holidays ago. When we do it, it’s a prime opportunity to find some of the sexiest, most imaginative toys and BDSM gear around for amazing prices.
If you love latex and leather, this is the perfect time for you to come out and look at clothes from Syren and Stormy Leather that are in perfect shape and sexy as hell, but for some reason just didn’t find a home before now. And on these two days, the deals on that stuff and various toys and accessories will be so good that you’ll feel like you’re stealing them away.
There’s something for every kink, fetish, and sensual desire, so you’re sure to find something that will make this Valentine’s Day memorable.
So come down to the store between 11 AM and 7PM anytime this weekend. If you’ve never met our staff in person before, this is the perfect chance to introduce yourself.
[Note: We’ve been informed that the 101 and our nearby freeways may have closures due to construction over the weekend. Please check the traffic reports and use alternate routes.]
When: Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.
11 AM – 7 PM both days.
Where: Stockroom Hall: 2809 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd. Located next to our retail store.
This week, Stockroom University makes its return with a very popular yet misunderstood topic: Strap-on sex. Dildos are perhaps one of the oldest sex toys around; depictions can be found in ancient Greek vases, and there are even some artifacts from the Paleolithic Era that may have been early dildos. With all their history and popularity, though, people also pick up a lot of half-truths and misconceptions about what strap-on sex is like and how to go about it for the first time. Fortunately, Mistress Kara, the Manager of our own Stockroom Syren Boutique, has extensive knowledge about strap-on sex and will be sharing it this Saturday at Stockroom University. She’ll be covering topics including how to choose the dildo or harness that’s right for you and your partner and how to insure pleasure for wearer and receiver alike. In the Q&A below, Mistress Kara gives her thoughts on some of the basic issues.
As you might already know, this week is a busy one for us. We’re putting on the erotic equivalent of our Sunday best and getting ready to head for Las Vegas to attend this year’s AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The action starts on Thursday, January 20, and lasts through Sunday the 23rd. We hope that lots of you will be there to drop by our booth (#820 in Muse Hall) to say hi in person and check out our gear. If you can’t make, though, the very first thing that you should do is follow us on Periscope to get an inside view. Our Executive Creative Director, Shawn Gentry, will be giving live updates every hour on the hour. Shawn will be interviewing and playing with stars from Burning Angel Productions (including Joanna Angel herself), taking you behind the scenes to parties, and much more. Even if you are at AEE yourself, Shawn’s reports are sure to let you know where all the good stuff is happening at any given time. And there is going to be A LOT going on. Here’s a few of the things that we’ll be doing:
On January 16, Stockroom University will be proud to welcome jessica drake, one of the biggest names in adult entertainment today. With over 300 performances and three AVN Awards for best actress to her credit, she’s one of the most prolific and acclaimed talents in the industry. But when making appearances to promote her videos at adult boutiques and events, she found that many of her fans craved not just entertainment, but answers to the questions about sexuality that schools and parents regularly ignore. People of all genders grow into adults trying to parse out those answers for themselves, and often the first place they turn to do that is porn, which drake feels is an inappropriate source of education.
So she decided to begin filling that gap with jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, a series of instructional videos that now covers fourteen volumes on topics ranging from fellatio to plus-size sex. She talked to us about why she was inspired to start working on sexual education and why porn might a great source of fantasy, it’s not a good source of education.
This weekend, the esteemed sex educator Midori will be returning to Stockroom University to teach two classes: The Exquisite Whip: Amazing Hands-On Flogging Training and How to Create Amazing Scenes: Get Into Their Heads. For more details on what you can expect from the two classes, check out the Q&A with Midori that we published earlier this week.
As always, The Stockroom is very excited to host Midori, who has long been one of the most insightful people that we know. The below excerpt from her book, Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink is an excellent example of that. Aftercare is one of the elements of BDSM that is often missed in discussions about technique or negotiation, but as Midori says below, it’s essential to good, safe BDSM, and we’re often not aware of how important it is until it’s not there or done badly.
Stockroom University is starting 2016 in the best way we can imagine: With not one but two workshops by the acclaimed sex educator Midori. This Saturday, she comes to Los Angeles to take on the physical and psychological elements of kink alike with a double bill of The Elegant Whip: Amazing Hands-On Flogging Training and How to Create Amazing Scenes: Get Into Their Heads.
Many people first became familiar with Midori as one of the leading educators about rope play. Her 2002 book The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage remains indispensable for anyone interested in shibari and related techniques, and her Rope Dojo intensive workshops continue to be in high demand, as do her Forte Femme workshops for female dominants.
As this pair of workshops shows, though, she’s one of the most articulate and widely-knowledgeable educators in the field, and her knowledge goes far beyond rope and domination. Her books include Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink (Available from The Stockroom’s publishing arm, Daedalus), Master Han’s Daughter: True Tales From Depraved Neo-Tokyo, The Toybag Guide to Foot & Shoe Worship, and you can buy her video Midori’s Expert Guide to Sensual Bondage in The Stockroom’s online store. We’re very proud to be starting out the year with her. She gave us a few sneak peaks of what she’ll be teaching this Saturday.
In over two decades as an educator and Sexual Empowerment Coach, Amy Jo Goddard has spoken about sexuality t0 almost every kind of audience conceivable, from first graders to hardcore kinksters. She considers healing the shame and guilt that makes so many people feel like their sexuality is “broken” to be an essential public health issue. “I think sexuality is the core of who we are and that when we are happy and fulfilled as sexual people, we create happy and fulfilled lives,” she writes on her personal site.
This Saturday, she comes to Stockroom Hall in Los Angeles to speak specifically about building satisfaction and power in the context of kinky sex. We talked with her a little about what she thinks is wrong about our society’s attitudes towards sex, how we can work towards healing that feeling of brokenness, and where kink fits into all that.
In just one year with The Stockroom, Head Mistress Hudsy Hawn has brought Sex Positive education to a whole new level. With classes now happening on a weekly basis, The Stockroom University has more than tripled its attendance and has brought the “Think Kink” slogan back into the Stockroom Hall. Education is essential to maintaining an imaginative and ethical kink community, and the quality of workshops that Hudsy has brought into Stockroom Hall on a regular basis makes us extremely proud to have her on our team.
To wrap up the year, Hudsy has created an event called “KinkFit!” which brings together several of the community’s finest sex educators to give live demonstrations of their favorite kinds of play, all within a short and sweet circuit-training style format.
Cock and ball torture, or CBT, is one of the most advanced kinds of play there is. It offers unlimited possibilities for intimacy and trust between the bottom and top, but those pleasures also come with a great deal of risk. The penis and scrotum are very sensitive and easily damaged if you play without knowing exactly what you’re doing.
This Saturday, Mistress Morgan Sterling is coming to Stockroom University for an extensive workshop on both the pleasures and the risks of CBT. She’ll cover a wide range of techniques from basic manual twisting and scratching with the fingernails to ball busting to penetration with urethral sounds, while giving tips on how to torment the penis and scrotum mercilessly while still keeping them perfectly healthy. She gave us a little preview of what she’s going to talk about this weekend.
Happy post-Thanksgiving day to everyone. We hope that you spent the holiday safe, warm, and well-fed with your families (biological, leather, or otherwise), and that today the tryptophan coma has worn off into a pleasant, satisfied afterglow.
Most of us at The Stockroom had great times with our loved ones, but there’s no time to bask in that afterglow; the passing of Thanksgiving means that we’re now entering the final stages of our Black/Cyber Sale, which ends on Tuesday, December 1. If you haven’t used the last few days to take advantage of the 25-75% discounts on some of the kinkiest equipment in our inventory, this is the time to do it. (On the other hand, if you have been taking advantage of us, don’t feel like you have to stop.)