Are Drive-Thru Adult Stores The Wave Of The Future?

Like it or not, adult videos and sexual aids are a multi-billion dollar business. And while many who purchase these items are more than happy to do so over the internet, some still like the immediate satisfaction of picking up their x-rated goods at the local adult emporium. One such store in Alabama has found a way to make those customers happy without them ever having to leave their cars.

The owners of the Huntsville, AL, store recently opened up shop inside a former bank and decided to take advantage of the existing drive-thru window.

From the AP:

Business is brisk so far, with cars sometimes lining up three deep for vibrators, lubricants, lingerie and other risque items…

Just like at a fast-food restaurant, there’s a brightly lit sign outside with products and prices — herbal “enhancement pills” are $8 per dose…

[T]he woman in one car wanted a rubber toy that spins and pulses. A couple in another vehicle stopped by for free condoms, which are advertised on a sign visible from University Drive, a main drag through town.

Is this an idea that more adult-oriented businesses should look into? And what other retail businesses would benefit from the drive-thru treatment?

Adult drive-thru store in Alabama offers privacy [SeattlePI.com]

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  1. feralparakeet says:

    The fun part of all this is that sex toys and most products sold at such stores are still technically illegal in Alabama, and the Love Stuff chain has been fighting those laws in the courts as recently as this year. Silly Bible Belt.

    • bluline says:

      Although sale and distribution of these toys in Alabama technically are illegal, simple possession is not. It’s like obscenity. Obscenity is illegal to sell and distribute, but any of us can legally own as much of it as we want.

  2. tr41nwr3ck says:

    Cum again. At least if you’re gonna place a tag, get it right!

    • mikesum32 says:

      “Come” is a valid spelling. I saw it written like that in the book “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski.

      • aweirdguy says:

        I think most often I see “come” used as a reference to the orgasm, and “cum” would be the fluid result. The tag works fine either way…

        The drive-thru is a great idea, as I’m not fond of touching anything in those stores (including the door handles). A dvd or lingerie would be something to go in and pick out, but a simple toy/lube/condom purchase would be perfect for a drive-thru.

  3. Michaela says:

    My friends and I are going to Pleasures before we go back to college. I think the drive-thru would be handy for picking up condoms, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting lingerie that way (I would worry about getting the wrong size).

  4. erickbatton says:

    They need to start making Grocery stores where you place your order online and then pick it up at a later time, curbside.

    • Storie says:

      My grocery store delivers: http://www.peapod.com/

    • Hi_Hello says:

      the groceries store that offer deliveries, they can do pick up too. So I heard. You place the order and let them know you are going to swing by to pick it up. Call up the store location first before placing the order to see if they can do this.

      They also have drive-thru groceries stores.

    • SalesGeek says:

      Our local Lowes (not the Home Improvement guys) already does this. It’s called “Lowes Food to Go” (http://www.lowesfoods.com/index.cfm/onlineshopping/lfstogo/). Each order costs $4.95 in addition to the groceries you get.

      I’ve used it a couple of times after getting out of the hospital when my wife didn’t have a lot of time for shopping. It’s handy but I actually enjoy grocery shopping. I iron my own shirts, too so it must just be me…:-)

  5. Hi_Hello says:

    neat

  6. dolemite says:

    I enjoy perusing adult stores from time to time, but mostly they are all the same stuff, and the physical stores charge between 2-3x more than what you can buy things for online. Not that I know anything about it. Actually, a friend told me that.

  7. kcvaliant says:

    We have a few drive thru liquer stores in southern missouri when I am at the lake.

  8. kcvaliant says:

    We have a few drive thru liquer stores in southern missouri when I am at the lake.

  9. Rachacha says:

    Would you like batteries with that?

    I hope it is not a former bank with one of the vacuum tube sucky things. I could forsee some inappropriate actions at such a device used at an adult store

    • JonStewartMill says:

      One adult store I visited in Florida provided free batteries with all … devices. More than that, they installed the batteries and tested the device for you before you left the store since they (for obvious reasons!) never accept returns.

  10. Portlandia says:

    Brings new meaning to making a deposit at the drive-thru.

    gag..

  11. TerpBE says:

    Would you like that super sized?

  12. Cicadymn says:

    New Job: Porn Consultant. Pay a porn consultant a modest fee, and he’ll teach you how to get all of your favorite types of porn online for free.

  13. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    Is the store clerk behind glass so people will still be able to easily avoid making eye contact?

  14. stint7 says:

    I enjoy perusing the local seedy adult video store and emporium from time to time. Part of the fun is browsing the selections. I can’t imagine knowing that you want Sexy Latino College Girls First Time Surprise Part 8 unless the first 7 are really that good (they aren’t).

  15. Nobby says:

    The problem with this idea is drive-thru places always mess up your order.

    Can you imagine driving home with your stuff only to discover they gave you a small dildo when you clearly stated you wanted to go large? Ugh…how annoying.

    • Oddfool says:

      Brings a different meaning to Joe Pesci lines as Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2:

      “They #$@! YOU at the drive-thru, okay? They #$@! YOU at the drive-thru! They know you’re gonna be miles away before you find out you got #$@!ed! They know you’re not gonna turn around and go back, they don’t care.”

  16. Nobby says:

    No, I definitely DO NOT want cheese with that!!!

  17. shthar says:

    A porn store in a former bank.

    If that isn’t a parable for america today I don’t what is.

    • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

      When a local butcher went out of business the porn store that replaced it kept the Meat Market sign.

  18. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    The future is do-it-yourself at home.

    http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/26282032/detail.html

    Edwin’s grandfather, Martin, who purchased the xBox360 Kinect (for a 5 year old), nervously laughed as he watched a preview for the new adult game.
    Hand motions read by the camera make their way down and around a female’s body.
    “If you notice it’s only one hand so I figure the other one is busy,” said Martin.

  19. physics2010 says:

    If you are unable to actually see the items you are buying why even bother with a brick and mortar store? Online is less expensive, has a greater selection, and often provides reviews. It would be like a drive through for Best Buy, useless.

    • Rachacha says:

      Because sometime you need to have a…device right away, and can not be bothered to wait 3 business days for your device to be delivered.

  20. smirkette says:

    Does Alabama have drive-through liquor stores too? Talk about taking yourself out on a (sleezy) date!

    • ReaperRob says:

      I don’t think we have them, most liquor stores in Alabama are run by the state.

      • gman863 says:

        This (along with lottery tickets) is why people who live in Mobile find regular excuses to make a trip to either Pensacola or New Orleans

  21. gman863 says:

    I would have named it either Orifice Depot or Bust Buy.

  22. jesusofcool says:

    I’m sure they’re benefiting for a desire by some to make an anonymous purchase similar to online stores but still get the “instant gratification” of a physical location.

  23. msquier says:

    I live in the HSV area and I read an article in the Huntsville Times about people coming into the store asking what they should use for “lube” and apparently some of the hicks were using petroleum jelly, Crisco and in one case……gun cleaning oil. Wal-Mart and like every single chain drugstore in the area at least sells KY Jelly or Astroglide and they couldn’t figure it out? I’m originally from the Northeast and was raised in a rather sheltered environment (homeschooled from 6th grade until graduation, told NOTHING about sex and didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 19) and even I could put 2 and 2 together. The ironic thing is that Huntsville has the highest concentration of rocket scientists in the country and one of the highest concentration of software engineers in the country per government data. I guess there’s two sides to every locale….

  24. Captain Packrat says:

    Do they still have the bank’s pneumatic tubes installed?