Your Local Adult Shop: From Butt Plugs to Sex Booths

Sex-ToysFear not, lonely Valentines. As the day in question looms on the horizon, many of you living without a mate may be experiencing familiar pangs of despair. But there’s no reason to feel sad, pathetic, or worthless. This year, it’s time to quit worrying about not being part of a perfect union, and instead to start celebrating yourself. The prescription is self-love, and the pharmacy that sells it is the Corvallis Adult Shop.

This Valentine’s Day, our town’s only local sex toy shop and porn store is going all out with sales on the franchise’s most popular toys, gifts, and accessories.

“We will have free gifts with every shoe purchase,” said longtime manager Cynthia Ferguson of the big Valentine’s Day sale. In addition to free gifts, many items will be marked down. WeVibes and Fun Factory vibrators for individual, couple, and anal play are all now 10 percent off. And for those looking for quality porn content not found on the Internet, select dirty DVDs are on sale as well.

In addition to getting those Valentine’s Day deals, regular customers can find great prices every day by signing up for the Adult Shop’s exclusive coupon service. Give them your number when you check out at the counter, and you’ll receive exclusive coupon codes by text once a week.

For those who simply cannot handle a day of solo sex, the Adult Shop offers a lesser-known service that is often frequented—and allegedly maintained—by some of Corvallis’ most notorious deviants. Invisible from the outside of the store, and hard to find on the inside, the Adult Shop Arcade consists of several back rooms where both individuals and couples can—for a price—live out their kinkiest fantasies.

Each booth contains a TV set up to view the hottest new porn flicks and protected by a cage that prevents removal. It’s a classic setup that’s been in place in porn shops since the adult bookstores of the 1970s.

If you go into the right booth, expect to see more than just a movie. “You can do anything legal,” another Adult Shop employee told The Advocate. “Just make sure it’s following Oregon law as well as our policies and paying for the booth.”

Online “cruising” sites and several sex meet-up pages for Oregon sex-venturers, like Craigslist and Cruisingforsex.com, include firsthand accounts of steamy encounters had in the Adult Shop’s infamous arcade—mostly described as anonymous oral-or-otherwise penetration made possible by a collection of glory holes which apparently exist on the walls between the arcade booths, allowing strangers to service one another upon demand.

“This is a great place,” wrote one happy customer on Cruising for Sex’s local listings. “I was there at lunchtime on a Monday and sucked four c*cks in 45 minutes.”

One anonymous poster on the site describes a booth with a larger-than-usual hole that is utilized to fulfill fantasies of voyeurism or exhibitionism.

“I just like being watched,” the entry reads. “Want to bring the wife sometime and put on a show.” However bizarre—and possibly health-code violating—this “glory hole” system may seem, Ferguson does not deny (nor confirm) that it exists. “You’re welcome to come in and check it out yourself,” she said.

The most popular items in the retail section of the store are lingerie sets and massage oils, though the shop boasts hundreds of different items, including everything from the standard vibratory fare to kinky fetish supplies like double dildos and intricate restraint systems.

Due to the Adult Shop’s focus on quality rather than quantity when selecting items to sell, customers should remember that most of the toys are fairly expensive. Expect to spend an average of $20 to $100 on a standard purchase, and remember that add-on requirements such as batteries and antibacterial cleaners must usually be purchased separately.

Despite whatever is going on in the Adult Shop’s arcade, the actual store is renowned for its cleanliness, particularly that of the toys for sale. Germophobes—and anyone perturbed with what goes on in the back—will be consoled by the establishment’s open-bag policy. Once a customer has touched and bought a toy, they cannot come back to return it. “We do not take any returns,” explained an employee working the early-evening shift, “ever.”

For those new to the nightlife, Corvallis’ Adult Shop is located at 2315 NW 9th Street. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week, almost as long as the 7-11 down the street, which is the perfect place to head afterwards when you get thirsty. Happy trails, kids.

By Kiki Genoa

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