Alison Miller, the owner of the Taboo shops, says that one of her most popular Dirty Talk seminars involved the topic of open, non-monogamous relationships. As the owner of Taboo, a local chain of shops that believes everyone deserves a fantastic and fulfilling sex life, Miller was ready to lead the conversation.
But would anyone attend? Since the summer ofMiller has held six of her ature Dirty Talks, each of which sold out.
No matter the size of the audience, Miller relishes the chance to give people the knowledge, confidence and safe space they need to explore. Since I feel comfortable talking about these tricky topics, it feels like my duty to do these talks. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in fashion merchandising and worked in retail to pay the bills.
While a sales associate at Taboo she began to see the potential, so when its owner decided to shutter the shop inMiller swooped in and bought her out, remaining merchandise and all. With trendier merchandise and a more inclusive array of toys, business boomed.
Over the years she has expanded her flagship store on Broad Street twice, to the point where that location is now three times bigger. The location is hard to miss: a cheeky mural of a woman feeding a beaver a juicy red apple covers the front. As soon as the former Prime Video on Patterson Avenue went out of business, Miller snapped up that location with the rare zoning she requires and opened her third shop within the same year.
Other quarterly talks have covered topics as diverse as anal play, how to explore fetishes safely, and BDSM — a catch-all phrase for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission and sadism and masochism. At first only women were welcome, but while planning an event on non-monogamy, Miller opened the series to all genders so that straight women could bring their partners.
The Dirty Talk on open relationships proved so popular that she scheduled it a second time, making it the only topic Miller has repeated so far.
On Jan. After each of her talks she says at least one attendee has reached out to say they had a wonderful time and were still thinking about the discussion. For Miller, helping to liberate even one person from shame around sexuality makes it all worthwhile. There is so much pleasure to be had out in this world.
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