On the run up to our new site, we've had the pleasure of getting to know (and will be featuring) Smitten Kitten. It's one of the most unique sex toy shops we've come across, and we can't wait for all of you lusty couples to check them out. Check out our review!
Smitten Kitten is a sex toy shop with multiple awards under their sexual belt (as well as ten thrilling years in their chilly Minneapolis home), priding themselves as a prominent progressive sex retail business. They were also one of the pioneers of the movement to eliminate toxic sex toys and educate consumers about the safety concerns of some of their favorite products.
Smitten Kitten offers much more diversity of product than one has come to expect from sex retailer. There are sections for men, women, couples, and a trans/queer gender section. The trans/queer portion of the website consists mainly of two types of products: harnesses or dildos and trans porn. There are also a variety of things like kegal balls and vegan products. How accommodating! In addition, Smitten Kitten works hard to promote events around their area and feature several resident bloggers on their site.
One of the most unique things about the Smitten Kitten is their instructional video series. Unlike many other educational videos, which merely describe the various techniques for a particular activity or toy, Smitten Kitten has taken it all the way and produced a series of explicit videos dealing with a number of sexual activities, ranging from topics like oral sex to bondage. In addition to the physical act of each activity, the performers create an environment full of explicit sex talk, consent, and direction, some of the essential components for good-in-the sack communication.
Their bondage section is also a little different from many other retailers. It is easy to find all the expected bondage gear; gags, ropes, cuffs etc. In addition however, Smitten Kitten has a variety instructional books and a device for electroplay. The texts range from beginner books all the way to books covering specific bondage styles, such as Japanese rope play.
Above and beyond your average sex shop
After removing all the potentially dangerous toys from the store in 2003, their shelves were left a little barren. Since then, the success of their efforts has resulted in a retailer with everything from sex furniture and books to a venerable galaxy of dildos and vibrators. Regardless of what you are looking for chances are Smitten Kitten will have it.
The videos also go a step further than most other websites. You can brush up on your technique alone or watch them with a partner and play along. By creating a series of videos of real people engaging in various sexual activities, Smitten Kitten has created an opportunity for people to learn more about sex without doing so from conventional porn, which has long been criticized for its lack of accuracy when representing things like the way oral sex really goes down.
They also have a variety of events throughout the month, which can be found on their website. The events, taking place at their Minneapolis location, cover a wide range of topics from the basics of non-monogamy to fund raisers for charitable groups. Some events, the 101 classes for example, are repeated throughout the year on a rotating schedule.
Check out this award winning sex toy retailer online at SmittenKittenonline.com, or if your in Minneapolis, stop in at the store.