Char Clinton sometimes gets an odd look when people find out what retail store she owns, but the successful businesswoman isn’t concerned because she knows she’s providing for a growing market.
Char is the owner of Erotica Adult Store, a business she bought in 2014 from the previous owner and friend, who opened it 19 years ago.
“I was working here and managing the store for four years and was already familiar with the industry, having almost 20 years’ experience before the shop went up for sale,” she said. “I was in the right place at the right time and knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
“I think there is still a bit of stigma surrounded with this type of store, but what people don’t realise is that it’s just a retail store that sells adult lifestyle products. All of our customers are normal everyday people.
“A lot of GPs also direct some of their patients to us such as women who have suffered from child birth issue, cervical cancer and men with prostate issues. I think sometimes these customers are a bit more comfortable talking to us about their problems because they feel it’s a safe space and we are non-judgmental.”
Erotica has thousands of quality adult products including lifestyle toys, massage oils, DVDs, magazines, hens and bucks night party items, lingerie, novelties, shoes and stockings, to name some products. Char also runs lingerie and hen’s parties for women.
She has a large, well-stocked, bright and friendly store and is always looking for better ways to accommodate her customers such as offering products online, free postage and a discreet mail-order service.
“I love my job, and I like the people I meet,” she said. “People who visit us are open-minded, happy and friendly. I feel fortunate to have found a business that I enjoy.”
Erotica Adult Store
10 Shield Street,
Cairns city (upstairs)
Ph: 4041 4069
Photo By Catherine Coombs
Words by Janie Barton