Best Of

Best Sex Shop, 2014


After the “birds and bees” talk, most families keep the topic of sex off the table. Not so for Ida and Jimi Bure, who run A&J Lingerie and More out of the second floor of a NoMad brownstone as a middle-aged-son/octogenarian-mother team. The front of the shop is Mom’s territory, lined with lingerie and an impressive array of sexy costumes, including many plus-size options (Ida used to own a women’s clothing store down the block). Step into the back area for strap-ons, Fleshlights, lube, and a host of other sexcessories like light bondage gear (no full-body latex suits here) and an extensive array of phalloid trinkets and bachelorette games. There are plenty of smut warehouses with massive inventories and flashier environs, but here’s a genuine family-owned small business with heart. Heart and dildos.