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Venus Envy (sex shop)

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Venus Envy is a Canadian sex shop and independent book store with a web site and two retail stores (in Ottawa, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia). Conceived along the lines of such pioneering sex businesses as Babeland and Good Vibrations, Venus Envy was the second Canadian business to offer woman-friendly surroundings and service distinct from traditional sex stores (other, similar stores include Womyns'Ware in Vancouver, which opened in 1995, and Come As You Are, which opened in 1997, and Good For Her in Toronto).

The company's slogan is "a store for women and the people who love them."


The Halifax Venus Envy opened in the South end of the city in 1998 and moved to its current downtown location in 1999. The Halifax location is a full-service book store that serves as the local women's and GLBT book store as well as a sex shop.

The Ottawa store opened in the Byward Market area in 2001 and moved to its current Centretown location in 2005. Venus Envy Ottawa is more narrowly a sex shop, offering books only on matters of sex, gender, reproduction, and health.


Venus Envy offers sexual and health education workshops, and engages in sex education outreach in partnership with local groups such as the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (formerly Planned Parenthood Canada) and various student and women's organizations.

Both Venus Envy locations offer bursary programs in support of local women pursuing post-secondary education.

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