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"Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore": Good Vibrations' company leaders on getting big

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What will be the San Francisco-in-the-aughtteens equivalent of the creation of Good Vibrations in the Mission District in 1977? Let's hope some fresh new sexuality invention is fomenting that will be rocking our beds in three decades with the robustness that Good Vibes has shown. From that initial single location, the well-lit place for women to shop for vibrators has expanded to encompass not only six brick-and-mortar shops (five in the Bay Area, one in Massachusetts) -- but also a robust online business that has taken the original founders' dreams of teaching America how to have safer, better sex and made it a reality. In 2007, the one-time worker-owned co-op turned corporation was sold to GVA-TWN, a Cleveland, Ohio sex toy company. 

But the engineers behind the Good Vibes brand say it hasn't stopped growing. Last week, on the occasion of the brand's new branch opening (on Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland Jan. 28, details below) the Guardian conducted email interviews with the company's chief operating officer Jackie Strano and staff sexologist Carol Queen. The woman waxed pleasurably -- dammit, now everything is sounding dirty -- on the company's possible digital education programs of the future, Carol Queen shared her views on a future with a Good Vibes location in every American city, plus we reveal what the hell a SESA is, and how it can help improve your orgasms. Read more »

Bike lane runway

WINTER LOOKS: Where to shop for two-wheeled winter fashion

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WINTER LOOKS I spend a lot of time convincing my friends that we should ride our bikes places, and the main pushback I get is due to the fact that they don't want to look like they just got off a bike.

It's faulty reasoning. Leaving aside how attractive environmental awareness is, anyone who has ever checked out the Vélo Vogue style blog or the global family of Copenhagen Chic websites knows that a bike can make an already-stylish outfit look sexy in a precarious, fly-by-night way. Think about watching someone run gracefully in heels.Read more »

Fix up, look sharp

WINTER LOOKS: Seven new menswear shops will spruce your presentation 

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WINTER LOOKS Drop your Zappos, gentlemen, it's time to score some 2012 flash at the brick and mortars. Read more »

Create and destroy

WINTER LOOKS: Collin Weber is the designer to the (garage rock) stars

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WINTER LOOKS You might have spotted Collin Weber running through the Mission on the way to the Knockout, frantic, with a bag full of satin bows to complete a trio of Sailor Moon costumes. Or perhaps you've seen his handy-work elsewhere, in the colorful capes and pointed hats Shannon and the Clams wear in their video for "Sleep Talk" or the sixties striped shifts the Dirty Cupcakes sport in "I Want It (Your Love)."Read more »

Look sharp!

WINTER LOOKS: Our winter fashion guide turns you out with puddle-proof bike gear, fresh menswear options, rock 'n' roll clothiers, and more

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Yes yes, we know it's been unseasonably balmy of late in our city by the bay. But mark our words, fashionistas -- winter, it comes. And the mark of an impeccably-styled gent or lady is their preparedness for any situation; cloudy, sunny, rainy -- or more likely when speaking of San Francisco, anything in between. To that end: our Winter Looks issue. It's chockful of everything you need to look luxe in low temps, from magnificent menswear, to bike outfits you can pedal and preen in. Read more »

Winter looks: Welcome Stranger is warm on the range

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For this week's Winter Looks issue, we rounded up some of the Bay's hautest dressers to show us how to step out right when the weather's wrong

We've been big fans of Hayes Valley boutique Welcome Stranger for awhile now. There's something crisp, yet real comfortable about the shop's selection of flannels, jeans, and leather bags -- this is the place for San Francisco's urban cowboys. Store manager Justin Hagar was good enough to pose for us in the store's winter best.

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Winter looks: Erin Hagstrom's rain styles

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For this week's Winter Looks issue, we rounded up some of the Bay's hautest dressers to show us how to step out right when the weather's wrong

Erin Hagstrom has a cuter closet than you. The East Bay resident specializes in cobbling together sweet, retro-styled 'fits from new and used clothing, often hitting up Bay Area flea markets. The fruits of her shop-'til-you-drop labors are on display at Calivintage, her impeccably photographed fashion blog. Read more »

Winter looks

WINTER LOOKS: A stylist, a blogger, and a stylist show us their hot haute

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Once upon a time, it was not 2012 and global warming had not amped up its breakneck pace towards tsunami apocalypse, earth crust melt, and vacuum-suck hurtling into the skies. (See ya, fundamentalists!)Read more »

Winter looks: Leah Perloff's lush layers

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For this week's Winter Looks issue, we rounded up some of the Bay's hautest dressers to show us how to step out right when the weather's wrong

Stylist Leah Perloff is a woman that can't let chilly winds keep her at home. In addition to her stylist gigs, Perloff moonlights as DJ Rapid Fire, booty-bouncer at the monthly queer throwdown Stay Gold. When asked how she chose the layered looks she sported in photographer Matthew Reamer's studio for our shoot, Perloff sassed back: "Winter is so whatever in San Francisco that you can even integrate things you would wear during the summer."  Read more »

Style Paige: Caplet cute

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While walking down Valencia Street towards 19th Street, I stopped Erica because she was just too caplet cute. Her camel colored jacket paired with a black long-sleeve top (and how could you miss those worn in brown vintage boots) was a picture-worthy outfit. Read more »