• Redbook online June 7, 2012

    Top 40: Tips from Our 40 Steamiest Sex Articles
    What I Learned in Sex School
    It's all about the tongue.
    When it comes to performing oral sex on him, don't focus only on porn star-style suction. You can do a lot with just your tongue, I learned at Babeland's "Oral Sex Basics: Fellatio" (Babeland's most popular class!). Flatten your tongue and pretend you are licking a delicious ice cream cone. Then try the "pointy-tongue" technique to stroke up and down and side to side. Do different strokes and touches, like flicking your tongue over the head, and see what kind of response you get.
    http://www.redbookmag.com/love-sex/advice/best-sex-article-tips#slide-3
  • New York Post June 7, 2012

    Fifty Shades of Grey spurs sales of sex accessories, bondage material

    At Babeland, sales of kinky products are up nearly 30 percent in the last few months — and visits to the bondage section of their Web site have spiked 81 percent. Riding crops and handcuffs — both used in the book — are hot items. And there’s a “Fifty Shades of Grey” book and bondage kit sold online for $29 and a more extensive “Fifty Shades of Grey: Indulge Your Fantasies” kit, which includes restraints, a riding crop and “Spank Me Baby” body powder for $169. “It’s like a juggernaut,” says Babeland co-founder Claire Cavanah. “You’d be surprised to see how very ordinary these people are who are coming in. The book is just an explosion of permission for them to try something new in the bedroom.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/ny_gals_learning_the_ropes_at_fifty_sVWWKeksj9WKUto2ITg1KK/0
  • USA Today May 30, 2012

    Many chain stores now add a toy aisle for adults
    Websites that sell an array of paraphernalia designed to enhance the sexual experience include Liberator Bedroom Adventure Gear, which looks rather like a sexual Bed, Bath and Beyond. The Fifty Shades books prominently feature a sex playroom with whips, handcuffs and other sex toys, and now websites including Pure Romance and Babeland sell Fifty Shades-inspired wares. Vibrator sales are increasing, show exclusive data provided to USA TODAY by Trojan. The research is by Nielsen, which tracks UPC-coded items scanned at food, drug and mass retailers, including vibrator rings and handheld devices. First-quarter numbers for 2012 count 318,840 vibrators (all brands) sold at retail outlets, excluding Walmart. That's $4.4 million worth of vibrators sold, up about 14% over the first quarter last year, Nielsen says.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/wellness/story/2012-05-29/vibrators-and-sex-toys-sales/55289424/1
  • Huffington Post May 25, 2012

    Is He Toy Worthy? Looking for Mr. Goodvibe
    A week ago, ready to purchase what I hoped would be a self-fulfilling prophecy, I took a field trip to Babeland, an adult toy store in SoHo. A sex educator, Pamela, schooled me on what was new in the toy market. Let's just say they're not your mama's magic wand (not that there's anything wrong with that). They were esthetically beautiful devices that look like a piece of sculpture -- something I'd comfortably leave on the nightstand even when my 80 year-old father visited.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melani-robinson/female-sex-aids_b_1540487.html
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek May 24, 2012

    The Fifty Shades of Grey Stimulus Retailers have been quick to jump on the Fifty Shades bandwagon, sensing a rare opportunity to attract mainstream customers. Babeland, a sex toy retailer based in Seattle, has launched a mini-site “inspired by” Fifty Shades of Grey that suggests dozens of items, from a scented massage candle to a set of vibrating nipple clamps. Claire Cavanah, Babeland’s co-founder, says the books have breathed life into the moribund BDSM category, noting that sales of bondage gear jumped 375 percent in April. “Now we have an event called Fifty Shades of Hot Sex,” Cavanah says, offering practical demonstrations on spanking and bondage. “About 150 people have responded in the SoHo store [in Manhattan], maxing out capacity. We had to add another section to take overflow.”
    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-24/the-fifty-shades-of-grey-stimulus
  • The New Yorker Page Turner Blog May 22, 2012

    “Fifty Shades of Grey”: The How-To Class Over at Babeland, a New York sex shop, the best-selling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey has shifted from erotic fiction to how-to guide. On a recent Friday, a hundred or so women, four men, and one Chihuahua crowded into the SoHo store for a class inspired by the books. “I found out about the books because people kept coming into the store and asking about specific products— floggers, restraints, paddles,” said Claire Cavanah, Babeland’s co-founder.
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/05/fifty-shades-of-grey-the-how-to-class.html
  • Glamour Smitten Blog May 14, 2012

    Whoa. You'll Never Believe The Vibrators Women Used to Use on Their Lady Parts! Well, here's another reason to be thankful we live in 2012 and not, say, the 1920s. Take a peek at what women used to use as vibrators. Seriously. I’m coining this week Vibrator Week. For no reason other than that I’m fairly certain it doesn’t have its own week yet, and this one might still be up for grabs. Also, there's the upcoming release of Hysteria, the movie about the invention of the vibrator, and sex toys are getting a lot of play. So, in honor of this made-up week, let's take a walk down memory lane and look at the, um, devices women once used on their naughty bits. (Thanks, friends at Babeland!)
    http://www.glamour.com/sex-love-life/blogs/smitten/2012/05/whoa-youll-never-believe-the-v.html
  • Crushable May 12, 2012


    I Attended A 50 Shades Of Grey BDSM Workshop Last night, I attended a BDSM workshop called “50 Shades of Hot Sex.” I didn’t really learn anything I didn’t know about BDSM already, but I was heartened to see a whole bunch of people who’ve gotten their ideas about BDSM from a terrible book guided by the ever-responsible hand of Babeland, New York’s premiere woman-friendly sex shop. The workshop (which was actually more of a talk) was led by a Babeland employee who’s been active in New York’s BDSM community for quite some time. Looking around, I saw an assortment of much more “regular” looking people than you’d expect at a BDSM workshop, sipping vodka cranberries and paying attention.
    http://crushable.com/other-stuff/i-attended-a-50-shades-of-grey-bdsm-workshop-695/
  • Shine from Yahoo! May 11, 2012


    The Ex Makes the Sex Spectacular
    Babeland was founded by two women - in answer to the "lack of women-friendly sex shops" as they so eloquently state on their website. They specialize in high quality toys AND offer educational informational sessions to women (and men) who want to be encouraged while exploring their sexuality. Toys, (I mean friends to hang out with) include: vibrators, adult DVD's, sex books, and dildos. My personal pick is the "Babeland Pocket Rocket"; a discreet, personal vibrator that retails for $17.99. It only requires a single double a battery and is velvety soft to the touch. Let's just say that good things cum (wink, wink) in small packages…
    http://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/ex-makes-sex-spectacular-151800476.html
  • Entertainment Weekly April 6, 2012


    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
    E.L. James’ erotic debut novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, began as Twilight fan fiction. But now it’s a phenom—and just sparked a rich movie deal. The Brit author talks to EW about bondage and best-sellers.
    But the phenomenon behind the glib description, “Mommy Porn”, makes sense when explained by Anne Semans, marketing director at the sex-toy emporium Babeland: “Sexual desire is something that really ebbs and flows in a woman’s life…and one of the ways you give your sex life a boost is through your erotic imagination.”