So, I’m getting ready to hit the road for The Superhero Sex Shop Tour- woohooo!! Before I moved out of Boston though, I visited the New England-based shops on the tour list so you get a little tour taste before I head out!
First up is Northampton MA’s Oh My Sensuality Shop! Opened in 2003 and helmed by the mother and daughter team of Carol and Beth, Oh My is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for learning and exploring – seriously there’s a sign on the door that says “No ewwwwing!” The products featured at Oh My are high quality and, in many cases, freakin’ gorgeous! The shop hosts frequent classes and events and carries a bit of something for everyone. In addition to a wide assortment of toys, books, condoms and lube (For real- massive condom and lube bar! Check out the pics!) you will find locally made impact toys and a beautiful assortment of vintage lingerie- the corsets, oh the corsets- “Oh My” indeed!
I stopped in for a visit in January (I know, I’ve been holding on to this one for a while!) and had an awesome chat with Carol -the mother of the mother/daughter team. The atmosphere of the shop is warm, inviting and friendly and I will say the same about Carol! Carol says “Our mission is to provide a safe, sexy, educational space” Mission accomplished!
Carol was kind enough to take some time to answer my Seven Superhero Sex Shop Questions so here’s a bit more about Oh My Sensuality Shop- A Superhero Sex Shop:
What makes Oh My unique?
First we are a mom and daughter shop. Beth is soon to be 45 and Carol is 65 this offers customers of different age groups life experiences from varied prospectives. We also have a gentleman on our staff- again a different view and we have interns from local colleges also available. Our mission is to provide a safe, sexy, educational space where folks can explore their sensual side.
Entering a sex shop for the first time can be daunting. Any advice to first time shoppers?
Go on line and look at products on sex toy sites. Read books about sex and sex toys, bring a friend, and the first visit can be just a way to acclimate you to the environment. You can talk to a staff person who is happy to assist you in your search and can help calm your nerves.
I imagine your job to offer the opportunity to teach, open minds and change lives. Any favorite moments/great stories?
Working with people one on one to encourage them to have as much pleasure as possible is the best part of the job. we are thanked often, we have received thank you notes from customers one couple stopped in before their honeymoon and sent a post card thanking Beth for helping them pick out products that they really enjoyed.
You’re trapped on a desert island that contains a magical tree that grows batteries and has an electrical outlet in the trunk. What 5 sex toys/products available from Oh My do you want with you?
What is your favorite material for toys to be made out of? Why?
Silicone because it is soft and non porous
What is the most popular item you sell at Oh My?
It changes. Right now it is Gyrating Jumping Rabbit. This has to do with the student population and the WeVibe for the upscale line
Any cool upcoming projects?
We have an art exhibit as part of Arts Night Out ..In February we (had) an embroidered hanky show that (was) very smutty
In March we will have an Erotica reading by local author Miel Rose
What’s on the Oh My store soundtrack?
Beth has a little bit of everything on her IPOD
Okay folks! We’re off! We’ve got a lot more shop profiles to come. You’re going to hear about of a lot of awesome places – I can’t wait to tell you about them!
Oh My Sensuality Shop is located at
122 Main St