Nikki Mier is the manager of Fairvilla’s Sexy Things on International Drive in Orlando.
Sexuality is a real and necessary part of human behavior. Without sex, there would be a halt in population growth. Besides, many studies have shown that a healthy sexual relationship releases stress and enhances mood and mental well-being, as well as physical health, such as an increased immune system and weight management. Unfortunately, some people may be embarrassed to address their sexuality for fear of judgment or violating a social taboo. Intimacy between couples is designed to be private and personal; however, if one wants to spice up the romance a bit, there are exciting ways to do so in a safe and tasteful manner.
Those who have lived in Orlando for a period of time likely have heard of Fairvilla Megastore, which specializes in retail for adults. For nearly three
decades, the 12,000-square-foot flagship store, located on Orange Blossom Trail, has offered adult toys, gifts, novelty items and videos designed to enhance a couple’s or individual’s sexual experience. Fairvilla Megastore is the brainchild of owners Bill and Shari Murphy. The couple wanted to create a retail atmosphere that would be approachable for all adults, whether they are couples or singles, male or female, young or old. The concept was well-received, and the original Fairvilla Megastore evolved into the first of its kind in the U.S. It remains a model for others in adult-industry retail.
Cognizant of changing times and an evolution that is taking place in this specialized industry, Fairvilla made a concerted effort to tweak its business plan to appeal to a wider demographic. As a result, Fairvilla’s Sexy Things was introduced to Southwest Orlando as a concept store that embraces a philosophy of sexual wellness. Specifically designed to be smaller, Fairvilla’s Sexy Things offers an alternative to those who may feel overwhelmed at Fairvilla Megastore.“We think of ourselves as an intimacy and wellness boutique,” said Nikki Mier, store manager.The store’s products are body-safe and nontoxic. Mier also referenced the term eco-sexy, which describes a commitment to carry products that are environmentally friendly.The store is bright, clean and spacious, tastefully displaying items like lingerie, beachwear, books, cards, shoes and costumes, as well as an array of pleasure items, gifts and novelties.Products at the satellite location are still fun and flirty, yet there is a definite emphasis on education, safety and health.“Our goal is to greet everyone who comes through our doors with respect and a genuine desire to help them find what they are looking for,” Mier said.The staff is well-versed in all products and can help customers navigate through the many options to help them make choices that are right for them.Fairvilla maintains a website that offers an extensive inventory available for online ordering and home delivery. Also available online are lingerie, seasonal costumes, wigs, DVDs, gifts for bachelor and bachelorette parties or bridal showers, party games and other novelty items.Customers may want to take advantage of perks and discounts through membership in Fairvilla’s Club F program. Two levels of membership are offered, and applications are available on the company’s website.People may choose to visit Fairvilla’s Sexy Things for a variety of reasons, ranging from spicing up their love lives with a little fun and adventure to seeking products recommended by health care professionals for difficulties arising from medical conditions, including erectile dysfunction and conditions manifested from chemotherapy, giving birth or menopause.“We have established relationships with a network of gynecologists that refer their patients to us for specialty items, lubricants and equipment because they know we have high-quality products. And often, there are no other places their patients can go to find what they need,” Mier said. “We want our customers to feel comfortable and be assured that no one here would ever think of judging them.”Beyond providing exceptional customer service, Fairvilla extends its commitment to the surrounding community by supporting charitable causes. Most notable is the company’s efforts in raising a significant amount of money for the HIV/AIDS programs Hope and Help Center of Central Florida and Aids Help in Key West.
Fairvilla’s Sexy Things is located at 7631 International Drive in Orlando. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. For more information, call 407-826-1627 or visit www.fairvillasexythings.com on the Web.
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