(see West Bromwich)
Previously Adult X. Closed by 2012
95 Huddersfield Rd
Mon-Sat 9.30-6pm (Fri. 8pm)
This was the 2nd sex shop I've been to.
Licensed with a good range of toys, videos / dvd's and magazines -catering for all tastes.
Prices were good. Very clean and bright shop with friendly staff. Willing to help, give
advice and generally creates a relaxed atmosphere. I recommend this shop.
36 Park Road
Tel: 0161 7858505
From Gavin: Friendly & Helpful
This shop is a very clean, friendly and helpful place. It has a joint car
parking area. When I went in I was surprised at how bright and colourful the
place was. Their was also a friendly atmosphere. Their was also women who
were shopping in there as well as couples (they outnumbered the single men).
The number of sex related things to buy ranged from video's/dvd's, books,
magazines, clothes (stocks sizes for the larger ladies) to toys and novelty
items (i.e. games and party toys).
The shop itself as two floors with the videos and magazines upstairs whilst
the clothes, toys and novelty items on the ground floor. At the time of
opening it was the UK's biggest. Its been open for about 5 or 6 months now.
Video's and dvd's are generally priced at £24.95, which is a good price. I
noticed they have all the latest video's and dvd's catering for most tastes
(i.e. hetro, gay, transsexual etc).
As I mentioned earlier the range of clothes is amazing. From casual lingerie
to fetish clothes covering all sizes and shapes. The sex toys available was
huge, covering a wall display, and also priced reasonably.
They also had a bondage room (which I didn't go in but could see from the
main upstairs room). I assume you can buy bondage gear there.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The whole atmosphere was very relaxing
and I didn't have a feeling that I was being watched (which does happen in
some sex shops, usually if your the only customer).
I recommend it.
This was my second visit to a
store of this type the first being a disaster (Private shop) this visit
could not have been more different, lovely people , male and female staff
and lots of them, they had so much knowledge it was almost overwhelming my
partner was completely at ease in many ways more than I, and the stock
selection was huge it was like HMV when I asked I was told there were over
2700 titles in dvd and vhs totalling some 22000 items .......a fabulous
Independent: Ann Summers of the North
The town's newest shop is the creation of Suzanne Winfield, 42, who is
quietly laying claim to the title of the Ann Summers of the North.
store, Simply Pleasure is second only to the Hustler store on Sunset
Boulevard, Los Angeles, in an industry where size definitely matters.
The 3,000sq ft Oldham store raked in more than £40,000 in its first week
– with customers spending an average of £50 a time.
Winfield wanted to offer clothes and videos in a store with windows and
shopping baskets. Her Bury establishment turned over more than £1m to 31
January. we wanted it orientated towards the women, she said, armed
with customer analysis. A 71% majority of her sex shop customers are couples
– most of whose purchase decisions are led by women; 22% are women shopping
on their own and just 7%are men.
There's already evidence of the same trend in Oldham, where a "soft" Ann
Summers-style ground floor leads to the first floor with videos and an S&M
parlour. Last week, 70% of videos were sold to women or couples.
Her insistence on providing free drinks and leather couchettes to recline
in on the "hard core" floor delivers the uninitiated into the realms of the
bizarre, as they sip coffee to the sights and sounds of a pornographic
video. The multitude of books for sale in the coffee area – including The
Function of the Orgasm or Mars & Venus in the Bedroom – gives the shop
something of a Waterstones atmosphere. But there are no hard-core magazines.
They're a kick-back to mucky bookshops, said Winfield.
Laugh Out Loud
Old Market Place
Previously known as Bliss Adult Playthings
From Laugh Out Loud, December 2014: Fun
the focus is on putting fun into the adult shop
experience and in the products with a huge range of naughty novelties.
From Bliss Adult Playthings, Oct 2007:
Relaxed & Friendly
Bliss Adult Playthings is a chain of market leading shops, with
professionally merchandised stores stocking an extensive range of quality
Bliss shops provide a relaxed and friendly shopping atmosphere, with
trained and knowledgeable male and female staff in all of our branches.
With the modern day approach we have taken, no one should feel embarrassed
about using our adult shops. Call and see for yourself!
Unlicensed and opened in August 2008
News August 2008: Fancy Dress
Good Vibrations will be selling adult fancy dress costumes to cater to
the ever growing stag and hen party industry.
The shop also sells novelty items, but it is not licensed to sell adult
films or magazines.
Much of the shop's products are typical fancy dress costumes, with the
more adult items towards the back of the shop and not in view of the front
86 Cowley Road
Previously The Adult Bookstore
From Adult World, Feb 2007: Re-Fit
We've spent over £50,000 on a complete
shop re-fit at our Oxford store. The store now has a contemporary feel
with a dark wood floor and bright interiors.
With modern fixtures, we have specific areas targeted to ensure all
customers are accommodated for when they come to shop at Adult World in
Our prices are very competitive and you can source our product here at
Any customer printing the details
from the Melon Farmers Website will be entitled to 10% Discount in any
of our Adult World shops.
54 Cowley Road
The shop is nearest to the city end
of the road which is also the B480.
Mon-Sat 9.30-6pm (Fri. 8pm)
Licensed since 1981
News December 2017: Licensed renewed
The shop has been open since 1981 without troubles so it is not
surprising the local council dismissed just 2 objections and duly
renewed the shop's licence.
From ETO's Mystery Shopper, October 2015: Helpful
DVDs at £25 or 3 for £50.
There's a friendly and helpful manager.
News August 2013: Licence renewed
Normally a routine licence renewal but this year objectors seized on
the opportunity to cite the conviction of a gang of child abusers with
connections to the area. However the licence was renewed anyway.
Clean & Tidy
Brightly lit interiors contrasts with
the extremely unpromising exteriors. Well displayed products, everything
clean and tidy, light wooden floor and a busy, business like atmosphere.
R18 videos at £30 and DVDs at £35. Three for two offers on both formats.
Rabbits from £25. There was a fine display of bondage gear in the corner.
From Tim: Light & Airy
Parking is a problem, the nearest
car park is behind Tesco's which is about 300 yards east from the shop. It
is a small car park and I had to wait some time to get a space, although
there is some street side parking on the Cowley
road itself this is limited to 30 mins.
The shop has two doors, one facing
onto the busy Cowley Road and directly opposite a bus stop, or for the more
self conscious there is a back door which is more discrete.
The shop itself is quite light and
airy and reasonably spacious and the manager quite friendly. Magazines are
the best deal here, reasonably priced and with quite a good selection - I
got 4 hardcore mags three of them the 300 page “Pleasure” series for £30.
Videos and DVDs are rather more disappointing, I saw no R18 videos/DVDs at
all in the shop, they were all the censored 18's and were offered at £40
each although if you buy more than one, the price comes down (The normal
Private shop routine).The shop stocks the usual sex toys
at the usual Private shop prices - Dildos for £40 etc, (Although I'm sure
one can haggle) as well as poppers, and a limited selection of lingerie.
Overall – worth a visit if all you
want are magazines and know what you're looking for, but somewhat
disappointing in the video dept.Score (Out
of 5 for each heading)
Staff attitude 4
Shop Environment 3
181 Cowley Road
Tel: 0186 5251666