Sex shops can look scary from the outside, but you’ll always find a friendly face
once you get through the door. Today we met Kyle from the Newcastle branch of Private
How did you come to be working in a sex shop?
So, about a year and a half ago I was working in a regular 9-5 job at the big lottery
fund assessing applications in order to decide if they were suitable to receive a
grant, and after around 7 years of doing this, I decided I wanted a new career because
office work wasn’t really doing it for me. I then took voluntary redundancy and the
day I left work I walked past the Newcastle branch of Private Shops UK and there
was a sign in the window saying: ‘Shop Manager position - apply within.’ And so
I thought that’s pretty different and I walked in and put my name down. I was then
called in for an interview for the position, and when the area manager explained
everything that goes with running a branch, I knew it was the job for me.
What are the most popular products you sell?
At all branches of Private Shop, we do special offers on multi-buy purchases of R18
DVDs and so the most popular things we sell are DVDs, but on the toy front butt plugs
seem to be very popular at the moment, especially the brand Black Velvets. We have
a huge array of stock, though, and things like room aromas, bullet vibes, contact
mags and sex enhancement pills are always very popular with our customers, too.
What are the benefits of shopping in-store for a customer?
The benefits of shopping in store are without doubt the service you get. For example
if a customer has a question about a certain product or is just in need of some advice
on what to buy, we pride ourselves on giving them the best advice possible, as some
people aren’t as knowledgeable about many of the products that we sell as we are
- and so it’s nice to explain and suggest scenarios in which they could be used.
And of course, another benefit of shopping in store is being able to actually see
the physical product and to properly judge the size, feel and overall quality of
something like a vibrator, dildo or strap-on toy. Oh, and we also have special events
every now and then, like porn star DVD signing sessions, so it’s worth following
our Twitter feed @privateshopnclto see what’s happening on that front. We also list
a lot of the new DVD releases on Twitter, so that’s a good way of keeping up with
what’s coming out in all categories - MILF, lesbian, transsexual, gay, anal, gang-nag,
And what would you say to draw in the nervous man or woman that can't quite find
the courage to walk through the door?
I would like any potential nervous customers to know that they are walking into a
shop just like any other. We aren’t here to judge anyone and I couldn’t imagine anyone
who wasn’t broad-minded and open to talking about and understanding all kinds of
kinks and fetishes ever wanting to work in a shop like this. Also, sex and self pleasure
is a natural part of life and we are here to celebrate it and provide products that
will enhance it and make it even better. I get many customers who tell me how nervous
they were about coming in but once they get through the door they realise they are
in a nice and pleasant atmosphere. It’s really nothing to be frightened of at all,
so please come in and say hi...