COME AS YOU ARE 10TH ANNIVERSARY The co-op shop celebrates with DJ music, cupcakes, door prizes and more tonight (Thursday, January 25) from 6 to 9 pm. Free. 701 Queen West. 416-504-7934. Rating: NNNNN
WHAT: "The first of many events celebrating our 10th anniversary, a customer appreciation night with erotic cakes and pastries by Fromstitution and balloon performance artist Sean Rooney doing erotic narratives."
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A CUSTOMER TO ATTEND? "No, but I guarantee you will be once you come to the store."
SECRET TO SUCCESS? "Great customer service, totally fair prices, excellent, knowledgeable staff."
SURVIVAL STRATEGY? "We're a collective, and regardless of the players, the collective lives on. Besides, good sex is a co-operative endeavour."
WILDEST CUSTOMER MOMENT? "After being here five years, nothing seems unusual, although recently a customer asked, 'Can phlegm be used as a lubricant?,' which I'd never heard before."
VALENTINE'S DAY PLANS? "Come as You Are is holding an erotic arts and crafts night at the Gladstone on Saturday, February 10, noon to 5 pm, featuring everything from licorice thongs and balloon dildos to hand-made lingerie with built-in vibrators."
FAVOURITE EROTIC MOMENT IN A MAINSTREAM MOVIE? "The only movies I watch are porn."
FAVOURITE MUSIC TO FUCK TO? "Peaches or AC/DC. I figured that out when I was learning how to demo the iPod-controlled vibrator. Both those artists have good variations in their bass lines and produce the best vibrations."
FAVOURITE PICKUP SPOT? "Aside from Come as You Are? Do I ever leave the store? Okay - Craigslist."
MOST ROMANTIC SPOT IN T.O.? "The firepit at the Don Valley Brick Works. You can see the entire city from there, and it's gorgeous."