What to Look for in an Erotic Store

What to Look for in an Erotic Store

There are over 4,500 adult stores in the country right now, and that means if you’re interested in visiting one, it’s difficult to narrow them down! All of them are different, even if they carry similar products.

Whether it’s your first time visiting a sex shop at all or you’re new to the area and you’re trying to find a new place to get toys and lingerie, you need to know how to pick the right one!

At New Fine Arts, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn what to look for when you’re trying to find the right adult store in Dallas for your needs.

A Comfortable Environment

This is perhaps the most important thing to look for when you’re trying to find the right “adult store near me” in Dallas, especially if you’re new to adult stores as a whole.

No one wants to enter an adult store and feel like they’re somewhere they shouldn’t be. Lower-quality sex shops can feel seedy and grimy, and they tend to be fairly old-school. While these shops are often classic relics of a time when it was more taboo to be open about sexuality, that doesn’t mean that they’re the best place to go shopping.

You want to go to a shop that feels warm, safe, and inviting. You shouldn’t feel like you’re deviant (unless you want to be) as soon as you walk through the door!

A Wide Selection of Products

When you go to a sex shop, it’s because you want to look at products in person, otherwise, you’d be shopping online (you can buy our products online too, of course). If you enter a sex shop and they don’t have the lingerie and toys that you’re looking for, why bother?

All products at sex shops should be easily accessible and in nice displays. There should be toys for a wide variety of needs, kinks, and interests. You should be able to find unusual toys that you can’t identify, even if you’re not new to sex toys.

Variety is the spice of life, and it’s definitely the spice of adult stores. If you walk in and there’s a minimal selection, it’s not worth your time.

Employees may also be able to order items that aren’t present at the physical store, so if there are a ton of items but not the ones you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to ask.

Helpful and Informative Employees

Speaking of employees, the employees at the adult store should be ready and willing to help and answer questions when you need them.

Sex shop employees should be well-informed about the products at the shop. They may not be overly familiar with everything (and you should avoid asking what they use personally unless they offer that information on their own). But they should have a firm grasp on most of the toys or have access to further information that they can look up for you.

Employees should also never be judgmental. While they’re welcome to their opinions, they should display a positive and affirming attitude as long as customers are polite.

If you feel like an employee is disinterested in helping you, or that they’re displaying judgment, it’s best to find an adult store that’s more comfortable. Not all Dallas sex stores are supportive.

Non-Toxic Toys

This is important.

Sex toys need to be non-toxic, and this isn’t true for all of them. Some sex toys have harmful chemicals and they’re not labeled as such.

It’s normal for sex shops to have some “less safe” products at lower price points, but they should also offer a wider variety of safe and smooth silicone products that are easy to clean (and they should have cleaning supplies).

Lube should also be non-toxic and body-safe.

This is most important for toys that are internal. You want to look for materials like glass and silicone (among others). External toys have more variety, but trust your gut.


If you’re going to a sex shop in person, you want it to be nearly as convenient as your favorite online sex shop. Pick one that isn’t too out of the way or you’ll never want to go.

Luckily, New Fine Arts has several locations in Dallas. We also have an online store to make shopping a breeze when you don’t feel like leaving the house.

A Selection of Novelty Items

If you’re going to a sex store, consider looking beyond lingerie and toys and into some novelty items. Not all sex shops think these things are important, but they’re often the most fun part of visiting.

Novelty items include “funny” trinkets like the things you can get as party favors from bachelorette parties, but they also include accessories that you can use in the bedroom.

These are things like restraints, gags, small whips, and more.

This is often where you’ll find things that you want to experiment with that are less intimidating than new toys.

Time to Visit New Fine Arts

Now that you know what to look for, you’ll be pleased when you enter New Fine Arts. Our high-quality adult stores in Dallas have friendly and helpful employees, plenty of products to choose from, and even CBD products.

When you’re looking for “sex stores near me,” look no further than New Fine Arts.

If you’re ready to pay us a visit, check out our store locator to find the location nearest you. We can’t wait to see you.

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