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OHHH CANADA 721 Queen West, suite 201, 647-288-1118, ohhhcanada.ca
At a time when most sex shops are moving online, Ohhh Canada did the reverse. Last October, after about four years in business, the popular online utopia for all things carnal set up shop on Queen West.
Owner Katrina McKay, who speaks all over the world about sexuality and is the resident "sexpert" on PROUD FM's Your Morning With Richard And Chris, is as passionate as entrepreneurs come.
"Having a little boutique gives us a home, a place for people to come and get a feel for what we're all about," says McKay. "While it may seem crazy to others that we made the leap to bricks and mortar, it was a logical extension for us."
Ohhh Canada is all about the personalized shopping experience. Staff even do Skype calls with customers to show off products and answer questions.
All stock is handpicked, high-quality and body-safe - no overpriced, underperforming dildos here. Ohhh Canada price-matches any Canadian competitor and allows you 30 days to bring back any toy that doesn't rock your world. (Don't worry, they never resell returned toys.)
The store's vibe is flirty, friendly and undoubtedly feminine, but its customer base is extremely diverse - "men, women, trans, gay, straight and everything and everyone in between," says McKay. What better place to stock up for Pride?
Ohhh Canada picks Canadian company Naked Underwear's trunks ($31.99) and Silver boxer briefs ($37.99), which have silver threads woven into the material to make them anti-microbial and perfect for sweaty dance parties at Pride. The Lux LX3 Prostate Vibrator ($95.99) is also designed in Canada and made from body-safe silicone. And don't forget what McKay calls "the accessory of the Pride season," rainbow eyelashes ($4.99). "We can't seem to keep them in stock."
Look For All the rainbow goodies a flamboyant heart could desire. Rainbow Dot Pucker Back Bikinis ($67.99) are ethically made in North America, and Jumbo Rainbow Cock Pops ($6.99) are too fun to resist. Pick up gay and lesbian wedding cards ($4.99) designed by Toronto company Trenchcoat Press for this year's historic mass gay wedding.
Hours Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 7 pm, Thursday noon to 9 pm, Friday through Sunday noon to 7 pm.