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Phase Yellow: Private Shopping Available 6/22-7/2/2020

As we “test drive” safety procedures to protect our customers and staff, we are implementing practices that prioritize safety and intentional practice of preventative measures to minimize contact and potential exposure to COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses. During the shutdown, we began working on a brand new website and continued to serve online customers from our homes. Since phase yellow began, we implemented curbside pickup and began preparing our building for visitors. Now, in preparation for reopening, we are starting by-appointment shopping beginning Monday, June 22.

Private Shopping allows you to book an individual appointment with our sales associates. You will be able to peruse our store much the way you would have pre-covid, but without the concern of needing to social distance from other shoppers. Appointments are 1 hour long. To book an appointment you must provide a nonrefundable deposit of $100, which will be applied to your instore purchase.

For the respect and safety of our staff and store, customers must abide by the following guidelines and restrictions while shopping.

  • Staff and Customers will wear masks at all times while in the building. Masks must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth. Customers who do not have a mask may purchase one for $1.
  • 6 foot distance will be maintained between customers and staff throughout the appointment, except as is needed for brief assistance (no more than 10 minutes).
  • Customers must sanitize or wash their hands before touching any merchandise.
  • No more than 5 people may be included in your private shopping party.
  • Clothing items may NOT be tried on in store. However customers may exchange unworn items for size or return items for store credit (non-intimate apparel only- masks, gags and intimate items are not returnable) within 14 days.
  • Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium is a “Safer Space”. We honor and respect all customers and staff regardless of race, size, ability, religion, orientation or identity. We will NOT tolerate violence, harassment, or hate-speech. We will NOT tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or body shaming.
  • Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium has a zero tolerance policy for guests who perform or display any level of physical assault, consent violations, immediate threats, lewd or aggressive verbal assaults.

Failure to follow any of these guidelines and restrictions will result in immediate termination of your appointment and forfeiture of your deposit. Any feedback regarding your shopping experience may be submitted via email to passionalstaff@gmail.com.

Co-conspirators and collaborators wanted!

For the past 24 years, this business has focused on freedom of expression, pleasure and health without delving to deeply into the world of so-called “politics” Although Fetishes Boutique from the onset was LGBT-owned and operated, that was not a large part of our marketing or promotional efforts nor were the activist causes that we have passively supported since that time.

Through projects like Diabolique Ball we   causes that were close to our hearts without publicly taking a stand on many social or political issues. Projects like PASSIONAL Magazine that were city wide welcomed volunteer contributors of all types to write, model and create artistic content and we proudly distributed the magazines citywide and at select locations around the USA>

However now we are at a crossroads in history. Great strides have been made toward the acceptance of LGBT people but the progress on issues of race has surprisingly stalled to the point of danger for our colleagues and family many of whom are concerned for their safety while traveling, working and engaging in recreational activities.

As a business owned by a person of European descent, it is high time for this business to take an official stand against systems of injustice and oppression that punish “black”  and brown people out of fear, ignorance and privilege, even though these punitive actions are often committed  unintentionally.

It is time for all non-black people to take a much closer look at where and how our wealth, career advancements, advertising, business relationships  and collaborations have come from, how they have happened and who has been excluded in our competitive quests for “success” in our modern world.

This is a difficult examination for many “white” people to conduct, especially if they have not closely lived with and around non-white people because they very often are “colorblind” to the actual lived experiences and repeat offenses committed against people of color, specifically people of African descent.

Just as only the perpetrators  stop rape and sexual assaults from happening, it really falls on white people to consistently and tirelessly challenge the may vestiges of racial bias, Additionally, we need to provide safer spaces online and in our Philadelphia building for all people to access resources for self-expression, healing and pleasure.

Because the issues are complex and the remedies labor intensive, we have been taking the remaining days of COVID-19 precautions to both encourage physical safety from a novel virus and to to examine the ways we can support and foster social safety and psychological well being for those impacted by as well as those fighting against racism.

We are examining and reviewing every aspect of how our business operates to work and improve our commitment to inclusion, representation and quality.  To this end we are looking to use our “shutdown” year to reinvent and and redefine our online and instore environment to celebrate the diversity of the human species and to uplift the bodies, minds and lives of black and brown people of all persuasions.

If you are a model, photographer, writer, educator who is aligned with these goals and  would like to work with us, please contact us!

Our #PASSIONALpersona contest winner

We had six amazing finalists and a flurry of last minute votes once we published the final entries on May 1. But now all the votes are tallied, we are proud to announce our winner the_gothbae whose photo in our vinyl bodysuit with mask and sword and graveyard could make even a bygone spirit stir…

Goth Bae Photo in Graveyard
Local bae with severe goth tendencies submitted this socially distant but sexy photo in a PASSIONAL vinyl bodysuit

Our other finalists placed in the running and each will receive their own gift for sharing their talents and their bods with us during these homebound and spectacle starved times…

  • Our first runner up with a last minute rally of votes was steampunk goddess and community activist BloomsintheNight
  • Our second runner up was local photographer SyntheticShadows
  • Our third runner up was the indominable bearded Professor M
  • Our fourth runner up was Jim S.
  • And finally, our fifth runner up was LexieCoreYoga

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in this #onlinechallenge and to warn you that we may do it again. Maybe in June for Pride Month, so get your fabulous on and tell your friends!

 

 

Our #PASSIONALpersona online challenge finalists

The end of March and month of April were challenging weeks of isolation, but to entertain ourselves and engage the many, many folks who have contributed to the promotion of PASSIONAL looks over the years with a springtime edition of our online photo challenge (normally a Halloween-seasonal occasion). Nonetheless we got great photos from the recent and even more distant archives of our favorite PASSIONAL people!
Here s a slideshow the finalist’s photo entries:

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We are in the final phase of tallying scores, comment here with your favorites! Winner announced Monday – May the 4th be with you!

Help us meet our Instagram Challenge to sell via PASSIONAL Boutique Instagram!

We want to be able to sell directly on the PASSIONAL Instagram to offer our fashions but to do that, we need 10K followers, so please tell your best Instagram buddies!

We would  like to meet the same challenge and sell Sexploratorium toys, tools and classes directly from the Sexploratorium Instagram, ,  so while you are following and reposting, please make sure to follow us on our individual networks!

 

Lights, camera, action! YOU are the star!

Break  out you inner badass in the house of quarantine!

Latex, wetlook and all the other unexpected comforts of home allow you to experience body flattering fit and sensory stimulation that will have you ready to take over the world when it is time to romp in groups! Meantime you can but your best face and foot forward during video chats, virtual dane parties and online fetish parties / munches!

Don’t forget our  PASSIONAL Persona Online Challenge – post your pics using #PASSIONALboutique and #PASSIONALpersona for a chance to win $100 in gear!

Also, plase take a few moments to complete our onilne shopping survey

New situation… working on a new website!

Since we have been online only for a month, we have been working toward creating a brand new website. But we need your help!

We have created an online survey with incentives of $20-$100  and we would appeciate it if you would visit http://PASSIONALboutique.com click the banner that looks like the one above and complete our 3 question or longer 6 question surveys (or both) to help us make sure that our next version is an improvement over what we  have!

 

Stay home, post your PASSIONAL persona & win!

#EveryDayIsHalloween and every month is #PrideMonth here at PASSIONAL Boutique, even when the store is shuttered.

It may be weeks or even months before it is safe to open out doors to the glamourous beings that keep our party going all year long. While we continue to deliver online and special orders, we have created a #OnlineChallenge for you to join across your favorite social networks: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

It’s easy and it’s fun!

  1. Take photos or videos and post them using the hashtags #PASSIONALboutique and #PASSIONALpersona
  2.  Share your posts wherever you may wish with friends, group members, fans, etc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  3. At the end of April, we will tally all the likes you received, and will have each of our active team members rank all the entries in the order of fantasy fashionability, assigning each submitted photo or video a staff score that will be added to this total to determine our winner
  4. Winner receives e a $100 gift certificate to purchase any items they might want to add to their style arsenal from the store when it reopens in Philadelphia or at conventions or online!

We cannot wait to see what you post! Stay safe, play safe!

Superheroes of #TeamPASSIONAL are here to serve you!

Team PASSIONAL continues to work from home, We are offering advice and taking orders for free delivery during the pandemic. We have added online chat to PASSIONAL Online and have forwarded store telephone calls  to serve you daily from 10am-8pm.

This is also a great time to follow PASSIONAL Boutique on our social networks: TwitterFacebook  , Instagram  and FetLife where you can stay in touch with our team members and learn about the many projects we are working on from our homes. It is also a great time to subscribe to our email newsletter

If you are looking for sexuality tools or kinky accoutrements, make sure to follow our sister Sexploratorium networks.

HALLOWEEN is screaming! Looking for a party?

Philly has so many places to party with creative and kink creatures, especially this week! Check out our PASSIONAL party recommendations:

THRU 10.27 KILLJOY CASTLE– Tired of the old haunted tropes? Bring the whole family to a haunt that  Lesbian Feminist Haunted House at Crane Arts in Philadelphia (all ages, wheelchair accessible). Stereotypes are broke, but we are woke, don’t miss the uprising!

FRIDAY 10/25 Amateur Drag Attack – doing drag this Halloween? Strut your stilettos into Tabu TONIGHT  to watch contestants show you how it should (or shouldn’t) be done!

SATURDAY- 10/26 Hallowqweens invite you to join the queer and the allied for a colorful party that is sure to inspire @FringeArts!

HALLOWEEN THURSDAY- Philadelphia is famous for keeping the raw, real trusted and true Halloween Celebrations on 10/31 come hell or highwater.

10/31 Dracula’s Ball will sell out, if it hasn’t already so make sure to get your tickets ASAP! Live goth industrial music, high dark fashion and deejays without boundaries make this all ages party (with an adults only bar to drink/play in) an annual ritual for adults and young adults in your family to dress up and get your (dark and fashionable) dance party on!

10/31Henri David’s Halloween Ball attracts theater folks, politicians and perverts alike with the biggest, baddest costume contest in town. It’s the 50th (that’s right, count ’em) anniversary so it should be HUGE. If creative kinky costumes are your true love, you won’t want to miss Henri David Ball

10/31 Visit Asylum 13 at Bar 13 Wilmington on Halloween or any Thursday of the year!

11/1 PEX Halloween Ball is a costumed extravaganzaa of burner-fueled audio, visual and sensory overdrive. An absolutely inspiring and inspired dance event with performances and more!

 

GET TICKETS NOW for Diabolique Ball 23: Fetish Asylum before they price goes up on Oct 31

 

BARS… Mild play like parading with a collar and leash or light bondage is not illegal and is generally tolerated in adult-only environments like bars. IF it’s in your neighborhood, you might want to check with your neighbors before exposing your interests in that way, but as with any recreational activity, a little diplomacy goes a long way. And if you want to hang out in an unpretentious leather bar in Philly’s gayborhood where any body can express their kinkiness within the confines of Pennsylvania Liquor Law, we highly recommend you visit The Bike Stop anytime you are in downtown Philly. We especially recommend Vice Philly night every Second Thursday and Philthy Pups night every third Saturday– any time of year!