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About Us

We're an education-oriented sex shop and bookstore with something for everyone. Anyone who’s turned off by traditional sex shops will find us a welcoming and informative place to get cool and sexy stuff.

We think our customers deserve quality products and good information, and that sex should be dirty in a good way, not a shameful one.

Our Purpose

At Venus Envy, we make it our mission to help people know themselves better and explore their own pleasure. We do this by offering shame-free sex education, and by celebrating the vast diversity of sexual experience. As long as it’s consensual, we’re cheerleaders and supporters of all manners of desire.

Our Communities

We owe so much to our communities, and we make it a priority to share the love. Both stores regularly donate to causes that align with our values. The Ottawa store also runs a pay-it-forward program for binders and gaffs.

Our Values

For sex education to be truly inclusive, we know that it needs to be feminist, anti-racist, and queer + trans-positive. These values are central at Venus Envy, and they guide our decisions about everything from the words we use to the products we sell. As we advocate for sexual and reproductive justice, we fight against all other injustices. Because we believe that everyone has the right to accurate information, shame-free exploration and consensual pleasure.

Our History

We were first established in 1998, as a retail store in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our web store came soon after, along with our second retail location in Ottawa in 2001. Since then, both the online store and our brick and mortars have grown significantly to support our communities, delighting pleasure enthusiasts across North America.

We hope you enjoy learning and shopping here! And if you have any questions, comments or concerns, we'd love to hear from you.
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