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Oct
1

New product round-up for September

This month, Spareparts has done it again with their unbelievably cute Sasha underwear-style harness! It features their signature stretchy O-ring, and is decorated with sexy rouching over the butt. We also now have Spareparts’ Pete packing underwear in the trunks style, in case you prefer trunks over briefs or jock straps. Choices galore!
 
We’ve also added some gorgeous pieces from Incoqnito. Incoqnito’s specialty is creating provocative items that disguise themselves as innocuous jewelry. Check out their Droplet Necklace (secretly a pair of vibrating nipple stimulators!) and leather “bracelets” that morph into handcuffs. Incoqnito’s Leather Nipple Tassels don’t masquerade as anything else, but they are hot nipple adornments nonetheless!

Two new books are on our bookshelf this month: Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women, a collection starring voluptuous ladies, and When Sex Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain, a really wonderful guide that explains the causes of sexual pain, with stories from women who have experienced it and tips for choosing the right doctor.

We’ve been waiting forever for Vixen Creations to come out with some more of their dual-density VixSkin toys in non-realistic colors, and that day has finally arrived! Their bestselling Mustang now comes in two eye-popping new colors: neon pink and Tie-Bright. We’re in love!

Vixen also came out with Colossus, which is similar to their Ride On penis extender but with a longer inner cavity to accommodate longer penises.

Still looking for the rabbit vibe of your dreams? Kaya might just be it! This silky silicone toy has 12 vibration modes and an ergonomic shape.

The totally swanky Duet is also here! Constructed with body-safe silicone tips and a nickel-free electroplated metal base, Duet is USB rechargeable (!), waterproof, and extremely quiet. Oh, and it has two motors!

Last but not least — have you ever tried in vain to prop yourself or your partner up during sex? Squishy pillows aren’t exactly awesome at that, which is why the Liberator Jaz Motion exists. This handy sex pillow is made of durable furniture grade polyurethane foam, so it has just enough give while still being supportive. The cover also unzips so you can toss it in the washing machine!

Don’t forget! We have a “New Arrivals” section on our site that you can check whenever you’re wondering what’s fresh. We sometimes announce new products on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month as well.

Sep
1

New product round-up for August

We picked up three new dildos from Happy Valley this month: WildeFuze Tango, and Jet. Wilde is based on the design of Harmony, but a bit longer and thicker. The Fuze Tango is just like the double-ended Tango, only it’s made of shiny black silicone. Jet is a semi-realistic dildo with balls that comes in either blue or purple. What do these toys have in common? They’re all great for harness and partner play!

Our newest vibe is Zizo, a firm silicone G-spotter. Its sensual shape is smooth and comfortable, and its 12 vibration modes are both powerful and near-silent.

For your butt, we have the new Aneros Helix Syn. Based on the design of the super-popular Aneros Helix, the Syn is coated in silky silicone, but still retains the rigidity that makes the original such a superb prostate massager.

When you’re a young queer person, you need all the guidance you can get. That’s why we picked up Queer: The Ultimate Guide for LGBT Teens. This book discusses coming out, dating, and how to combat homophobia, along with a plethora of personal stories from the authors and lessons on queer history. If there’s a queer teen in your life, definitely pick this one up for them.

We mentioned in last month’s new product round-up that Aslan Leather does not forget about vegans, and that remains true with their slick Rubber Collar and Rubber Cuffs. Explore your kinky side with these sexy restraints featuring heavy welded rings and buckles.

Bonus! We now have a “New Arrivals” section on our site that you can check whenever you’re wondering what’s fresh. We sometimes announce new products on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month as well.

Jul
31

New product round-up for July

We are pleased to introduce the Pocket Toyfriends! These new additions to the Toyfriends line are cute, small, and inexpensive. We love that they come in such a nice array of colors — to match anyone’s preference and style.

 

Speaking of colors, it’s always exciting to see Fun Factory’s new releases because their colors are always so vibrant, and their shapes so interesting! Their latest toys are the Boosty, Sonic, and New Wave. Boosty is an adorable, bubbly butt plug just a step up in size from their popular Bootie plug, but with the same exceptionally comfortable base. The Sonic and New Wave are unique double-ended dildos that curve and ripple to provide tons of stimulation to one person or two.

Three more dildos have sprouted up on our dildo table this month, all of them on the realistic spectrum. The silicone Vixen Creations Woody and Large Realistic Bent are pretty reminiscent of penises, except they come in purple and black! Meanwhile, the Tantus Adam O2 comes in black as well as a couple skin tones, and is made out of Tantus’ amazing dual-density silicone.

One of our very favorite kegel exercisers, the LELO Luna Beads system, now has a slightly-smaller sibling: the Luna Beads Mini! The Luna Beads Mini are for folks experienced in kegel exercising and/or those who have yet to go through childbirth. As always, they are great fun to wear around; movement makes the inner balls roll around and lightly “vibrate” internally.

Although Aslan Leather makes a ton of leather items (obviously!), they have not forgotten about vegans! Their aptly-named Simple Harness is made of soft nylon webbing, and with no metal parts, it’s fully machine washable! This extremely versatile harness comes in pink or black and can be worn as a two strap or in G-string style.

The hot new queer porn film of the moment is Billy Castro’s Naughty Squirters. Directed by and starring trans heartthrob Billy Castro, it follows him as he has his way with several sexy femmes proficient in the art of squirting.

Last month we picked up the Fenis stand-to-pee device, and now we have its more masculine counterpart, Mr. Fenis! Mr. Fenis has a realistic shape, comes in four different skin tones, and performs just as valiantly at directing the flow.

Oh, and remember the Sliquid Organics Massage Oil we mentioned last month? We’ve added the three scented versions — Mandarin Basil, Coconut Lime Verbena, and Tahitian Vanilla — in addition to the unscented. Come to the shop to give them a sniff!

Jul
30

She Bop voted #1 sex toy shop in the Mercury

We were so ecstatic to learn that we were voted the #1 sex toy shop in Portland in the Portland Mercury‘s PDX Approved guide! The Mercury even published a really awesome write-up about us. Check it out:

Among our other attributes, Portland people are overwhelmingly sex positive. So we expect a bit more when shopping for toys and paraphernalia designed to get our rocks off. Surely that’s why you voted She Bop as “Your Favorite Sex Toy Shop” — because not only do they carry all manner of erotic vibrating toys for the “she,” they also have plenty of fun in store for the “he” or the “in between”! She Bop’s founders and owners, Evy Cowan and Jeneen Doumitt, started their venture in 2009 and quickly stumbled onto the secret for keeping their customers happy (sexually and otherwise). “Our customers really appreciate the experience they get when they come into our shop,” says Cowan. “We talk about sex toys and lube the way any specialty boutique talks about their products. We don’t get all sexy-sexy with people. We just give them the information and help them make educated decisions. However, you can’t come into She Bop and not have fun. It just isn’t possible!” The result is a very different type of sex shop that… well… doesn’t feel dirty at all. She Bop’s products are carefully curated by their staff, thereby providing the most scientifically advanced, non-toxic, and body-safe toys on the market — plus tons of advice and experience to back them up. Pair this with rows of slippery-slidey lubricants, DVDs, fun instructional books, and monthly events to spice up even the dreariest love life, and it’s little surprise that She Bop was voted the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and sex-positive shop in town.

Huge huge huge THANK YOU to everyone who wrote our name on the Mercury‘s ballot. We appreciate you so much and we are truly honored!

Jun
29

New product round-up for June

We are super excited about the release of Spareparts Hardwear’s Tomboi, a true game-changer for comfortable and versatile harnesses. The Tomboi performs valiantly however you use it — as underwear, for packing, for pack and play, and of course, for straight-up awesome sex. Its signature elastic O-ring can hold a variety of sizes of dildo, plus it has two internal pockets to hold mini vibes. The Tomboi also comes in a Modal/Spandex version.

The Fenis, pictured here in a cute and colorful pile, is a cool new stand-to pee device that comes to us all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada. Made of 100% silicone, it is easily folded and unfolded, so it can travel with you everywhere.

Buck Angel has done it again with Sexing the Transman XXX, an educational but hardcore film that gives trans men a space to speak about and explore their sexuality in intimate jack-off scenes. It won “Most Tantalizing Trans Film” at the 2012 Feminist Porn Awards!

That adorable pipsqueak to the right is the Bodywand Mini Massager. It’s a mere 4″ long, but has a surprising amount of power! It comes in several colors, all adorned with little rhinestones at the base. And it’s obviously quite portable!

Have you been wanting to try Vixen Creations’s dual-density VixSkin silicone, but would rather have it in a bright color and less realistic shape? Then you’ll be happy to hear about Raquel, Vixen’s only non-realistic VixSkin dildo. Its plush, G-spotting head and shimmery pink color are fantastic.

Sometimes all you want is a simple massage without an overpoweringly scented massage oil, which is why we picked up Sliquid’s Organics Massage Oil in its unscented version. This oil is a blend of naturally occurring nut and seed oils, combined with certified organic botanicals. The scented options will arrive in the shop very soon as well!

On the book front, we’ve completed the Fifty Shades trilogy in our catalog by adding the final book, Fifty Shades Freed.

And lastly, check out the sassy and adorable Foulmouth greeting cards! Manufactured start to finish in artist Anna Diem’s living room in San Francisco, they feature colorful paintings and a glorious sense of humor. For example, one card features a painting of a house getting rained on with the phrase “I wanna be inside you” on the inside. We love it!

Jun
1

Find us at Pride 2012!

The annual Pride festival is coming up on June 15th through 17th, and we will be involved all weekend! At our festive booth in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, we’ll be representing pStyle, so we’ll have tons of pStyles in every color for all your stand-to-pee needs — plus other queertastic items such as Rainbow WristbandsQueer Magnetic PoetryPride Jock Straps, and more!

Of course, you’ll find us marching in Sunday’s parade along with the Q Center, whom we’re sponsoring again this year! We’re also a sponsor of the Q Center’s Queer Heroes NW Art Show, a multi-media celebration of LGBTQ pioneers and leaders. The project can be viewed on the walls of the Aaron Hall Gallery at the Q Center throughout June, as well as in the Q Center’s booth at Pride.

That’s not all! She Bop goodness can be found at several other Pride events during the weekend. You won’t want to miss Gaylabration on Friday, June 15th — it’s an epic dance party fundraiser at Leftbank Annex that benefits Basic Rights Oregon and Pride NW. We’re a sponsor, and we also donated a whole pile of gift certificates!

We’ll also have a table at the Pride NW Inferno Dance Party on Saturday, June 16th at Refuge (116 SE Yamhill), 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The party will feature burlesque, belly dancers, aerialists, several DJs, and of course, tons of dancing! Show your pride by costuming as your gayest fantasy, and be sure to come by our table! Advance tickets are $11 (+ service charge) and can be purchased online, or tickets are $15 at the door.

Also, don’t miss Pride NW & In Other Words Present Beautiful Families on Sunday, June 10th. Bring your kids to In Other Words for face painting, arts and crafts, story time, magic, and clowning around!

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May
17

Portland Queer Girl City Guide

Have you seen Autostraddle’s Queer Girl City Guide to Portland? This in-depth guide lists all kinds of queer-friendly restaurants, bars, coffee shops, strip clubs, hair salons, and tattoo shops in PDX, as well as events — such as queer dance nights, Portland Pride, and a plethora of other rad LGBTQ functions.

There’s a lot of love for our home, North Portland, in this guide! Under “Neighborhoods of Interest,” NoPo is listed as a “Gayborhood” (amazing!). Many businesses in our area are listed, including Bishop’s (which just moved in down the street from us), Mississippi Studios / Bar Bar, The Florida Room, Sloan’s TavernCup and Saucer, and Icon Tattoo. We were excited to see She Bop listed under “Etc.” as Portland’s local, female-owned sex toy shop. Here’s what they have to say about us:

[She Bop offers] a positive environment, helpful staff and a range of high quality sex toys. The shop also offers classes and workshops such as The Joys of Toys! & Exploring Burlesque: Striptease Salon.

The guide also gives a run-down of queer-friendly Portland colleges, sports teams, performing arts groups, outdoor adventure spots, and several non-profits we support, such as Bitch Media, In Other Words, and the Q Center.

Near the end of the guide, there’s an analysis of the diversity, safety, cost of living, and overall queer-friendliness of Portland, concluding that Portland is “very queer-friendly” and “very body positive, sex positive and accepting of gender variant identities.”

Within the city limits, queers are seen everywhere and go relatively unnoticed by the general population. Walking around town, you’ll see many different business with the HRC equality sticker hanging on a window, or a rainbow flag. Portland makes us queers feel very welcomed.

The overall atmosphere of the city is SUPER friendly. When walking around on a sunny day, expect smiles and nods from strangers and friendly waves. People in Portland are very chill, accepting, and friendly overall.

Autostraddle has published many other Queer Girl City Guides, including one for Seattle and one for Spokane. Really cool resources — check them out!

Mar
30

Heading to Momentum!

This weekend just may be the most exciting of the year, as we’ll be attending Momentum in Washington D.C., an amazing conference focused on sexuality and feminism.

There’s a whole host of incredible presenters and sessions jam-packed into the weekend, like a session on senior sex by Joan Price, and a panel specifically about the sex toy biz, featuring Metis Black of Tantus, Greg DeLong of njoy, Rachel Venning of Babeland, and Carol Queen. Pretty sure we’ll be too busy to breathe this weekend — in a good way!

We also can’t wait to meet up with the other members of the Progressive Pleasure Club, an indie sex shop collective that we’re proud to be a part of.

If you can’t be there this weekend, be sure to follow the hashtag #mcon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute reports from the conference!

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Mar
29

We’re proud to be a part of the Progressive Pleasure Club!

She Bop is so proud to be a part of the Progressive Pleasure Club, a collective of indie sex shops that are committed to providing honest sexuality education and body-safe products to customers.

The community was founded by our friends Molly Adler and Matie Fricker, owners of Self Serve in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a way for similar shops to share resources and support.

A press release went out yesterday introducing the Progressive Pleasure Club to the world, and Molly Adler was quoted explaining the group’s philosophy:

We believe everyone has a right to enjoy sexual pleasure in a smart and healthy way, and the PPC will educate customers about local, independent stores where they can feel safe shopping, and can trust the safety of the adult products they buy.

Amen!

Currently the Progressive Pleasure Club’s network includes She Bop and several other shops from around the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a list of the current members:

Future plans for the Progressive Pleasure Club include informing the public about the importance of body-safe sex toys, garnering support for small, local businesses, and lobbying sex toy manufacturers to stop using phthalates and toxins in their manufacturing.

Follow the Progressive Pleasure Club on Facebook for updates!

Mar
1

Locally-made goodies available at She Bop!

Doesn’t buying stuff locally just warm the cockles of your heart? We agree — it feels really good to support local businesses. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to stock locally-made products and team up with Oregon artists for specialty items. We recently added a local section to our online shop, but here’s a more in-depth run-down of all the Beaver State goodies we carry! From floggers fashioned out of old tires to organic lube and handmade toy bags, this stuff is very Portland — just how we like it.

We are lucky to have several sex product manufacturers based in Oregon. Good Clean Love, the company behind organic Almost Naked lube, is based in Eugene. Empire Labs, who you might know as “the place that makes those Clone-a-Willy/Pussy thingies,” is in Portland. Local company Seagrape supplies us with delicious-smelling body products. GladRags, purveyors of adorable menstrual accessories such as cloth pads and the Moon Cup, calls Portland home. And Gothfox Designs, the company that brings us stunningly beautiful, hand-sewn pasties, resides just across the Columbia river from us, in Vancouver, Washington.

It can be hard to find proper storage for your sex toys sometimes, so we asked local brand Appetite to make some of their gorgeous, nature-inspired bags especially for us. Appetite padded bags and travel bags come in several sizes and are hand screen-printed. Appetite strives to use end-run, organic, and scrap material whenever possible. We only feature a few fabric choices online, but we’re constantly acquiring different fabrics in the shop.

Some items we carry in the shop are a little too varied to offer in our web store. Like the porcelain dildos from Porcelain Pleasures, which are all one-of-a-kind pieces. Crafted out of a milky white porcelain and sealed with a non-porous glaze, these dildos look and feel amazing. Then there’s the much-loved Naughty Autie’s Aprons, made for us by a local designer. We also stock an array of Courtesy Pads — sex blankets for keeping the sheets dry.

Portland has no shortage of kinksters, and we’re thrilled to carry some of their hand-crafted wares! In Her Tube is a Portland company that constructs floggers and harnesses out of recycled rubber tires. Can it get any more Portland than that?! Our rattan canes and hankies are also handmade in the City of Roses. Shiny Shiny, a company run by a pair of crafty and kinky Portlanders, supply us with hand-conditioned, organic hemp rope, in our signature plum color. We also stock Twisted Monk rope, which is from Seattle.

Of course, as home to famed book maze store Powell’s, Portland has produced tons of fantastic writers, and we’re honored to carry several books written by and featuring them. Wild Feminine, The Chronology of WaterOh Joy Sex ToySex from Scratch, and My Erotic Adventure were all written by local women, and the work of Portland-based author Shanna Germain is featured in quite a few anthologies we stock, such as Women in Lust and Please, Sir.

Our She Bop swag is furnished by local businesses as well! Our T-shirts and undies are produced by Printed Matter; our stickers are made by Diesel Fuel Prints; and our business cards are printed by Phoenix Media. In fact, Phoenix Media is responsible for those beautiful, enlarged sex toy photos decorating the shop’s walls.

When you visit our shop’s check-out station, you may sometimes notice little boxes of chocolates beckoning to you. Those are handmade by Neapolitan Chocolate & Co., and come in some irresistible flavors such as lavendar + smoked salt and rose + raspberry. Neapolitan Chocolate & Co. have even made us boobie-shaped chocolates and chocolates with our logo on them!

Behind the scenes, we utilize local service providers in the running of She Bop: our phone company and our credit card processing company are both Portland businesses. And when you purchase something in our shop, you’ll take it home in a 100% recycled, hand-stamped paper bag from Portland Store Fixtures. Portland Store Fixtures also supplies us with tissue paper, display stands, and other doodads around the shop.

As time goes on, we plan to stock more fun and unique items from local artisans and authors. We’re thankful we live in such a great city filled with so many talented and crafty people!

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