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COME AS YOU ARE 493 Queen West, 416-504-7934, comeasyouare.com
Toronto's favourite sex co-op is settling into a new home three blocks east of its original Queen West location and preparing for the Valentine's Day rush of shoppers hunting for playful presents and hardcore hits. Size might not matter to some, but CAYA's larger square footage makes the store's selection of toys, books and DVDs easier to shop.
There's a full display of sculptural Lelo vibrators, an expanded library stocked with how-to volumes and erotic reads, a wall of all-natural and synthetic lube and a sensual product section featuring massage oils and feather ticklers. Further back is a workshop area that hosts blow-job boot camps and sex memoir writing classes.
The new space also gives staff lots of wall space to mount monthly art shows. Look for Olga Morshchinina's painted wooden hearts throughout February.
Come as You Are picks: Social networking meets sex toys with the Zoon+, a rechargeable and remote-controlled vibrator than can also be manipulated by a long-distance partner over the web, $180; choose a Fleshlight in your texture of choice, $80 to $100; Erotic Decks come printed with tips on tantric sex, massage, fantasies and more, $15 to $20.
Look for: The co-operative's sixth annual Erotic Arts And Crafts Fair Saturday (February 11) at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West) from noon to 8 pm. eroticartsandcrafts.com.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.