Priape 465 Church, 2nd floor, 416-586-9914, www.priape.com Rating: NNNNN
Chain stores thrive on familiarity. You know what you're getting and you like it that way. Fine when it comes to Home Depot, but even better when you have a shop on the fringe known for leatha, sex toys and literotica. Yes, we can only be talking about the thriving, throbbing success of Priape , which in addition to its T.dot shop has locations in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver (not to mention all the U.S. destinations).
Different departments mean Priape is your Pride megastore. Products ranging from leather chaps to verging-on-medieval m-ASS-ive dildos to erotic books and DVDs mean you can shop to outfit your wildest fantasy.
Funny thing about the familiar - while you might stop to ogle the big-ticket items under the counter, you'll most likely do what comes naturally and balk at the bounty of choices, then pick up staples - domers, lube, maybe a mag - and call it a day.
Priape's picks: Leather shoulder harness, $39.95, leather shoulder pad with built-in wallet, $39.95, leather cuff (again with zippered wallet compartment), $19.95, all by Priape; Pride bathing suit by Alpine, $28, layered over Unico pro-active boxers, $22; and Platinum Premium Body Glide by Wet, $14.95/4.2 oz.
Look for: The new Priape line of underwear; intense liquid incense; collectable gay-themed figurines; and a wide selection of Pride rainbow flags and stickers.
Store hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.