Richmond sex shop Passionfruit has been satisfying women and couples for 16 years, but it's the workshops that should get tongues wagging
When Michelle Temminghoff decided her background in retail would make her well-enough placed to open Melbourne’s first sex shop for women back in 1998, The Age awarded her a double-page spread and ladies around town breathed a sigh of relief at not having to don a hen’s L-plate just to step inside.
“Back then there was just those industrial estate sex shops, with husbands buying the vibrators,” Temminghoff explains, reclining on a typically plush chair. “That’s how it started; my husband and I went into a sex shop one night in St Kilda after having a really nice dinner, and by the time I walked out I thought, ‘I don’t feel like having sex ever again! Just leave me alone!’”
Upstairs in her neat green shop, tucked away from the elegantly crafted toys, lingerie, carefully chosen DVDs and erotic fiction, Temminghoff hosts workshops – usually alongside Tantric teachers Layla and Carol.
Tantra teacher Layla on five things she's learned that she never realised she could do...
1. Orgasm through anal stimulation
2. Be naked in a room full of people and feel no inhibitions about her body
3. Make a man have multiple orgasms without ejaculation
4. Releasing my inner domanatrix and being damned good at it!
5. Being a teacher of sexuality
Passionfruit, 404 Bridge Rd, Richmond. 03 9421 3391.