Good Vibrations Buys Babeland Sex Toy Stores

The iconic Good Vibrations in San Francisco is getting into bed with Babeland. The iconic Good Vibrations in San Francisco — one of the first sex shops in the U.S., will buy the Babeland brand, which includes three stores in New York City and its flagship store in Seattle, Washington. The multiple stores will continue to produce multiple orgasms.

“Good Vibrations was the first sex-positive and women-centered store in the United States,” said the store’s Sexologist, Dr. Carol Queen, PhD. Founded in 1977 by Sex Therapist and Sex Educator Joani Blank, the store opened initially as an alternative to the creepy, male-centric adult sex stores called “raincoat” stores. “Good Vibes” as it is known, instead decided to go with a female friendly, sex positive store offering products for female pleasure, as well as fun, adult sex education classes. The store pioneered the concept of a “sex positive, clean, well-lighted place” to buy sex toys. Business has been buzzing ever since.

The store is notorious for its “Antique Vibrator Museum” with its stimulating display of antique vibrators, going back to the 1870’s. The vibrators were initially developed as a “cure” for female hysteria. The museum is now a tourist draw and is listed by Frommer’s in the category “Best Free Things to Do in San Francisco”. Cases of vibrators are arranged by decade, starting with the Victorian era and tracing the vibrator’s history, when in the 1930’s it was sold as a “back massager” and in the 1950’s advertised as a “facial massager.” Also on display is an elaborate handmade “hippie vibrator” from 1967 made in a hippie commune. 

“Babeland was co-founded by Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning 25 years ago as an affirming, feminist, lifestyle brand,” said Good Vibrations. “Cavanah and Venning are ready to say goodbye and move on to other pursuits after a momentous run of helping countless customers discover new pleasures and greater enjoyment in their sex lives.”

“Good Vibrations, with nine stores in five cities and goodvibes.com, will expand its reach and continue Babeland’s mission with similar education programs and curated products,” said Venning. It’s been a joy and an adventure to start and grow Babeland. Having Good Vibrations take over makes it easier to let go because we share so many of the same feminist values.” Co-founded by Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning in 1993 in Seattle, Babeland was the result of two queer, sex positive feminists who saw a need to create a welcoming and friendly place to shop.

Good Vibrations will continue their sex positivity and said “We take it as our mission to respond to all forms of sexual shame and support people as they discover their authentic sexual selves.”

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Girls-Club-Part/dp/0990462129. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.

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