Richmond sex shop Passionfruit has been satisfying women and couples for 17 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 (below) – usually alongside Tantric teachers Layla and Carol. Or, if you're looking for a more in-depth introduction into their range, you can book an after-hours Girls' Night, where you'll sip complimentary drinks, learn about everything from bondage accoutrements to adult toys, and of course, receive tips for spicing up your sex life. Girls' Night: $50 deposit: book online or email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, she's also offering one-on-one sex coaching, perfect for women in need of greater sexual confidence. "Sexual power does not depend on age, weight or beauty," her website explains, "the sexually confident woman has an ease about her that is alluring yet powerful". All the sessions are designed to suit your needs, and are held in a private room, with no nudity or body contact. One on One Sex Coaching: $100 for one hour: book online or email Michelle at email@example.com.
Passionfruit: The Sensuality Shop. 404 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121.