Noticing a dearth of like-minded stores in her neighborhood of Flatbush, Angela Campbell opened the What a Gyrl Wants adult boutique in 2012 with education as her main goal. “There’s a lack of knowledge in this neighborhood about sexual health, self-pleasure, and heightened intimacy with your partner,” she says of her discreet shop in the predominantly Caribbean community. Campbell has spent the past four years cultivating an engaging, female-friendly atmosphere where beginners can feel comfortable asking questions, veterans can source more advanced hardware, and everyone can take advantage of special deals like “Anal August.” Whether you’re looking for lingerie or itching to take a class on the art of fellatio, Campbell — who runs the business with her three adult children — takes an enthusiastic approach to resolving her customers’ amorous quandaries. With a private entrance tucked away on a dead-end street, this modest emporium more than makes up for its tight quarters with an outsize, libidinous spirit.
859 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn