Dan and Shay Martin of Vibratex to be Recognized at XBIZ Awards

Thank you so much!  “We are delighted and humbled”

Dan and Shay Martin will be recognized this evening, January 12, at the 2017 XBIZ Awards with the Pioneer Award.

One of the industry’s most prestigious honors, the Pioneer Award recognizes company figures who have had a profound impact on the industry through vision, innovation and courage, and continue to provide a guiding light for those who came after them.

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Dan and Shay would like for all Vibratex customers and all their friends in the industry to know how grateful and humbled they are.

“We are so touched by this generous recognition, and we want to thank our friends and customers in the industry from the bottom of our hearts,” says Shay Martin, who started helping out in the family business during her high school years, and has served as Vice President since 1999.

To this day, Vibratex continues to be a second-generation, family-owned company, based in Napa, Calif. The company prides itself on its unique, thoughtfully crafted pleasure pieces and on its long-standing dedication to product quality and consumer satisfaction.
Vibratex rose to fame over 30 years ago by introducing America to the blended-orgasm vibrator (today, the Rabbit Habit Original Deluxe).

Later, the company was instrumental in saving the iconic Magic Wand massager not once but twice. First, when Hitachi had stopped sales to the US market, and then a second time when the Japanese company decided to remove its name from the Magic Wand.

More recently, Vibratex brought the cordless Magic Wand Rechargeable to consumers, together with Hitachi. Vibratex remains the sole importer to North America of the Magic Wand.

In addition to their work with Vibratex and Magic Wand branded products, Dan and Shay have supported people coming into industry, and have helped new brands get off the ground, like We-Vibe and Jimmyjane.

“We’ve seen such wonderful change in our industry over the years,” reflects Shay Martin.

“The empowerment of women, greater openness about sexuality, acceptance of others and so many amazing products brought about by innovation and thinking outside the box. But one thing that has not changed is the fact that we all support each other in this business and are like a big family. For that we are continually grateful,” she concludes.

The 2017 Pioneer Award recipients will be honored on January 12 during an on-screen segment at the adult industry’s biggest night, the 2017 XBIZ Awards show at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Other Pioneer Award recipients this year are Ron Cadwell of CCBill, Kelly Holland of Penthouse and Larry Garland of Eldorado.

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pjur Concludes Successful Year with Christmas Party in Luxembourg

In 2016, the pjur group experienced another successful year. “Our worldwide concepts and innovations translated into more competitive advantage and increased revenues for our global clients,” said Alexander Giebel, CEO and founder of the pjur group.

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The Luxembourg company saw out this particularly successful year with its nearly 30 colleagues in a restaurant directly on the Moselle river. At the pjur group headquarters in Wasserbillig, Luxembourg, the party began at 12:30 with pastries and mulled wine. Afterwards, the company made its way to the restaurant, where they were treated in spectacular atmosphere to an aperitif with light snacks to be followed by a six-course meal.

“We would like to thank all our employees as well as our retailers and partners for the fantastic year. We wish everyone an equally successful 2017. You can already start looking forward to further innovations”, said Alexander Giebel.

Further information on pjur can be found at www.pjurlove.com.

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Darling Way Founder Beth Liebling to Speak at Adult Novelty Expo

Owner of Houston Area Luxury Boutique to Discuss Adult Business-Related Pitfalls! 

Beth Liebling, founder and owner of Houston Heights-based luxury boutique Darling Way (http://darlingway.com), will be participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday, January 18 at the upcoming Adult Novelty Expo in Las Vegas. Dubbed “the CES of sex toys” by Wired magazine, the trade-only show for pleasure product professionals takes place at the Paradise Tower in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and will be restricted to trade attendees.

“It’s my absolute pleasure to share what I have learned about running my business with colleagues from across the country; this is how I pay forward the guidance I have received from so many others,” says Liebling. “There is no replacement for the camaraderie, support, and experience one gains from attending ANE, and it’s an honor to be included as a speaker.”

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LIebling will be participating in “Mo Money, Mo Problems” from 11am – 12pm at Festival Hall C near Paradise Tower, which discusses marketing to the LGBTQ community. “Too often, adult-related businesses are turned down for everything from merchant accounts, to loans to basic checking accounts just because of the nature of the business,” reads the panel discussion. “Find out how to avoid these pitfalls when it comes to dealing with transaction processors, banks, venture capital groups and more. Also learn tricks of the trade to maximize e-tailing profits and maximizing customer retention.” Liebling will be joined by Kelly Shibari of ThePRSMGroup, Kim Airs of Grand Opening, and Gary Jackson of CCBill; the panel will be moderated by Sherri Shaulis, AVN Senior Editor of Pleasure Products.

For the entire Adult Novelty Expo seminar schedule, visit http://www.noveltyexpo.com/seminars.

Darling Way founder and owner Beth Liebling refuses to accept the current view of sexuality; refusing to abide by a view in which emotional intimacy is dismissed as trivial; she abhors the idea that bodies are only beautiful after airbrushing and editing. Liebling knows absolutely there is a better alternative; choosing instead to celebrate beauty, love, and pleasure through artistic, literary, and sensory exploration, rejoicing in all things romantic. A regular guest on “Pillow Talk” on Houston’s ESPN affiliate 97.5FM’s “The Blitz,” Liebling dispenses advice to those looking to bring romance and communication back into relationships.

Liebling’s luxury boutique embraces classical and elegant romanticism as a way of life, and is reminiscent of a different era, when personal relationships were a mainstay of life, romance and courtship flourished, with imagination encouraged and creative expression welcomed. Beauty was recognized in many different forms; the natural human body revered by artists.

The boutique is full of romantic treasures, including elegant gifts, vintage books, inspired menswear, gorgeous lingerie, and more. The treasures found at Darling Way entice the imagination, encouraging joyous and sensual play. Events, including workshops, demonstrations, and salons for discussion, are regularly scheduled at the boutique, to encourage locals and visitors to stop by and engage in meaningful, even controversial, topics of the day. For more information, visit http://darlingway.com.

About Darling Way: 

Houston Heights, Texas-based luxury boutique Darling Way, embracing classical and elegant romanticism as a way of life, is reminiscent of a different era. A throwback to a time when one was meant to be touched and admired, appreciated in real life and not on a screen, and when personal relationships were a mainstay of life, with imagination encouraged and creative expression welcomed. Beauty was recognized in many different forms; the natural human body revered by artists. Romance and courtship flourished. The jet set crowd prided itself on their willingness to converse about meaningful, even controversial topics of the day. The boutique is full of romantic treasures, elegant gifts, vintage books, inspired menswear, and gorgeous lingerie; candles offered to provide old-fashioned ambiance and arousing scents at any time of day or night. Romantic books beg to be browsed, and sensual art pleases and teases, and deliciously divine chocolates tempt even the most discriminating palate. The treasures found at Darling Way entice the imagination and encourages joyous, sensual play. For more information, visit http://darlingway.com.
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ILS Closes It’s Doors

The International Lingerie Show announced earlier this week that they are closing their doors.   They supported the lingerie industry for over 20 years.
ILS originally launched at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, then moved to the Rio Hotel, another move was planned for the Westgate Hotel in April, but has since been canceled.

The trade show supported many companies over the years.  Exhibitors included Tia Lyn Lingerie, Dynashape Intima, Shirley of Hollywood, Escante, Magic Silk, Dreamgirl, Fantasy Lingerie, J Valentine, Roma, Forplay, Elegant Moments, Eldorado, Leg Avenue and so many more.

“The McPeteSez Lingerie Newsletter has covered ILS since we launched in 1999.   We are so thankful for all the support The International Lingerie Show has given us and all of the wonderful people we met at the shows.” – Heather Briggs, owner of The McPeteSez Lingerie Newsletter.

 

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