Until 2008, it was illegal to sell sex toys in Texas, although this problem was commonly skirted by labeling devices "massagers" or for "novelty purposes only." But even now that it's perfectly legal, you may not be familiar with the best places in Dallas to buy them.
Sure, you could just go online and shop on sites like Good Vibrations. But the in-store experience, getting a feel for the different textures, hefts and settings, can be part of the fun.
While Dallas doesn't have any shops that can compete with the luxuriousness of New York City’s Coco de Mer or Portland’s She Bop, it does boast an impressive number of places where you can get your buzz on, ranging from your own living room to an array of shops. Here are the best of them.
3000 Main St.
As you can imagine, Leather Masters offers a large selection of leather to be used during sex play. But that’s just a tiny piece of their offerings. There are shoes, medical play items and furniture, too. The store has a second location in San Jose, California.
19177 Preston Road, No. 175
In addition to carrying a wide variety of toys and accessories — far from anatomically correct — for either solo or partnered play, this store offer parties, classes and theme nights. Their classes focus on improving couples' sex lives by strengthening their mental and emotional connection.
8687 N. Central Expressway
This is Dallas’ best sex store. It carries extravagant lingerie and accoutrements. This is definitely a place to visit with your partner in all things naughty. Just walking in is likely to get you thinking untoward thoughts, and with the goodies they sell, you’ll be able to play out any scene that your dirty minds conjure.
The benefit of shopping at one of Dallas' major chain stores is that you'll find everything you need — from costumes to lube to strap-ons — in multiple sizes and varieties. The only downside is that the staff can range from knowledgeable to not-so-much, depending on who's working that day. Stores with multiple locations are Condom Sense, New Fine Arts and Paris Bookstore (part of the same family); and Condoms to Go and Sara's Secret, also under the same umbrella. The chain Cindie's has a location at 3610 S. Cooper St. in Arlington, too.
If you're feeling self-conscious about your planned purchases, set up a toy party through Pure Romance, My Pure Pleasure, Fantasia Home Parties or Intimate Tickles, invite your squad over and get the frosé flowing. The store will come to your home and in complete privacy you'll be able to touch, taste, and otherwise sample all sorts of wares, which is always a bonus before you buy.
Non-Sex Shops That Do Fine in a Pinch
You already know drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS carry condoms, lube, massage oil and even vibrators. But have you ever thought of making use of the hot and cold packs or muscle relaxers, which they also sell?
Probably you only visit Brookstone (NorthPark Center) once a year when you're Christmas shopping for a difficult someone, but while you're checking people off your list you can also pick up vibes by Lelo and Tenga and sex props from Liberator. Even though you’ll know exactly what you’re using those babies for, you'll walk out carrying a discrete bag that maintains the illusion that it’s your back and shoulders that are in line for a little extra attention.