This NZ-owned shop serves sex without the snickers
D.Vice is neither your adult megamart, nor your dingy porn-hole, but rather the perfect entree to sex shopping for the uninitiated – whether you’re straight, gay, a wide-eyed couple, or something else all together.
Brightly lit, the store displays PG-rated wares out the front but you can find much saucier stock behind a wall up the back. D.Vice also has a no porn policy so mums can bring kids into the main part of the store without breaking any laws or having to answer awkward questions about what that lady on the magazine cover might be doing to her front bottom.
For those venturing out the back, staff won’t leave you to your own devices (literally) if you’re bewildered by shelves full of unidentifiable objects. Some of the team even come from health backgrounds and can take you through the mechanics of each toy in gentle yet matter-of-fact ways that won’t make you blush.
Staff are more than happy to take you through their entire range, from inexpensive cock rings to sleek, top-of-the-range Swedish Lelo vibrators which would look equally at home in an industrial design exhibition as inside your private parts. U-shaped We-Vibes are currently the biggest sellers, says store manager Kit, as toys you can either share or play with by yourself.
D.Vice is not just for curious L-Platers but seasoned sex toy veterans, sporting a sizeable range of fetish gear manufactured in-house with quality leather and colourful faux furs. Though a New Zealand chain, D.Vice’s Australian store makes a point of stocking locally made products like the popular ‘Mile High Club’ flight attendant uniform from Sexiaz, stocked in sizes big enough for cross-dressing gents to get on board.
The store’s philosophy is one that sees sex as important to your health as getting your rocks off and, by request, staff can present talks for groups like newborn mothers’ circles on how to bring sexy back. Though you won’t find porn mags you will find shelves full of serious and not-so-serious sex literature on anything from the ‘The Ultimate Guide to Strap-on Sex’ to booklets on ‘Dungeon and Emergency Supplies’. So if anyone asks, you can say you just go to D.Vice to read the articles.