Looking Forward… out with the old and in with the NEW!
This was the last year we will be using our old-fashioned rewards system where you must cash in your rewards for the year every January. Thanks to an upgrade in our point- of-sale system, beginning January 1, 2103, your rewards will be issued monthly based upon the prior month’s purchases! All sales rung through our register will automatically generate and redeem rewards with each purchase – rewards become available 30 days after your purchase and are valid for 30 days after becoming available. This means that in addition to more immediate gratification, you will already be earning rewards on the money you spend when you come in to redeem 2012’s rewards this January! The only downside is that this is the last year we can offer double rewards to our affiliates, who will continue to enjoy a discount on every purchase!
If you would like to redeem your rewards on our websites simply state in the “comments” section that you want to apply your rewards to your purchase. Remember, our websites do not tally shipping and do not charge your card until we ship, so although it may appear that your discount has not been applied, we will apply it manually before we charge you. We will continue to manually apply your rewards on web orders until our website is updated (at which point it may become automatic). Any ecommerce programmers reading this who might like to assist in our update are welcome to email us.
Note: We are currently in the process of searching for new location(s) for our store(s). Depending upon the outcome of our new location search, rewards for Sexploratorium and for PASSIONAL may be tallied separately for the first time ever. Click Sign Up to be notified of any and all news via email.
Redeem your rewards at MAL in Washington, DC. You only have until the end of the month to spend your 2012 rewards (we apologize for this but it is the last time!). If you are in the DC area, you can redeem your rewards at the PASSIONAL Booth!
New year, new location(s)? Help us make the right choices!
PASSIONAL Boutique launched Sexploratorium in 2007 as its retail space dedicated to healthy sexuality & sex education products/resources. This year we will likely need to move Sexploratorium, possibly consolidating with PASSIONAL into a larger, centralized space.
We are currently scouting for a new location or locations to better serve YOU. The building that houses Sexploratorium has been sold and we are actively seeking a new location for one or both of our stores while we remain on “month-to-month” leases. We launched the “two store system” in 2007 to better serve two distinct customer types: sexuality shoppers and fashion shoppers. However, many of our customers roam from store to store so we are considering consolidation if we can find the right real estate! Please take a moment to complete our 5-question survey about what is important to you when you shop our retail stores. Also folks in the real estate business are welcome to contact us about potential new locations.
Diabolique 2013 – Save the Date – Noevmber 23!
Libertine Ball will be on hiatus this summer as we focus on readying a new location and forging a new path, but Diabolique is scheduled for November 23. Spread the word!
Diabolique Ball 2012 was a blast thanks to Jean Bardot, Rev Bev and a host of amazing entertainers, celebrities and volunteers. We were thrilled to donate $4000 each to One Step Away and Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue as well as over $1000 split between GALEI, The Ali Forney Center and Mix Tape.
Passion 101 classes at Sexploratorium
We will continue to offer fun weekly educational workshops at Sexploratorium through March. Depending upon location and feedback we may curtail or expand this program in the coming year. If you have suggestions for class topics or feedback email Andrea Renae, our educational coordinator.
Final Show in Aphrodite Gallery
Aphrodite Gallery’s final show features the fetishistic photography of Swav Jusis. If our new location includes gallery space we will find a permanent consigned collection of art but will no longer be scheduling seasonal collections for the foreseeable future.
New year, new road trips!
Kali and Brooklyn and a few other amazing folks have full travel itineraries this year! Click the “calendar” link on our websites for events of interest (cosplay, fetish, fashion @PASSIONAL and sexuality, bdsm play @Sexploratorium).If you are planning your convention schedule for the first half of the year, here is where you will find your favorite PASSIONAL fashions and some Sexploratorium gear:
Mid-Atlantic Leather, Washington DC
The Crucible LF&P, Washington CD
Providence FFF, Providence RI
Dark Odyssey Winter Fire, Washington DC
Colonial Kink, Norfolk VA
Texas Latex Party, Houston TX
Frolicon, Atlanta GA
Kinkfest, Portland OR
CLAW, Cleveland, OH
Twisted World, Piscataway NJ
Steampunk World’s Fair, Somerset NJ
International Mr. Leather, Chicago IL
Camp Crucible, Darlington MD
Shibaricon, Chicago IL