We're so excited to be announcing the change of ownership of Ashland's beloved boutique Love Revolution. Love Revolution has an incredible history here in Ashland, and we are honored to take the reins and make this change. It's a massive endeavor and we're in need of a little help to pull it off so we've created this campaign to share with you. The new owner, Kim Marks, has an amazing track record in the industry already. She's the owner of As You Like It, the Pleasure Shop in Eugene Oregon, and she has achieved many other triumphs that position her as a leader in the field.
Brenda Johnson, a strong advocate for sexual health and wellness, built Love Revolution from the ground up with then-partner Mitchell Walzer and has continued with the business for over 8 years. Her leadership helped Ashland gain an incredible store right on Main Street, exactly where it should be—a store that was stigma free, focused on sexual health and education, as well as fun and frolic. Brenda will be heading off to new adventures and is thrilled that the store will continue to grow and expand its reach, and help raise awareness and advocacy in the Rogue Valley.
Kim is a long time environmental activist and a cancer survivor who is passionate about sexual health and ecological responsibility. She believes the sex toy industry has made great strides recently in many respects, from technology to inclusivity, yet there is a lingering lack of transparency that persists in stores nation-wide. Kim believes that removing the shame and stigma from sex toy shopping allows us to communicate more fully about what is body safe and what to watch out for when buying a product. She has even developed her own line of certified organic massage oils and body butters.
As You Like It was built on the idea that consumers care about the products they buy, and that given the opportunity, people will choose a product that is both ethical and body safe. Kim, like Brenda, is an advocate for the consumer’s right to know about what products they are buying.
Kim is also a fierce proponent for inclusivity and intersectionality which makes this business transition so perfect. Love Revolution’s strong work in this capacity will continue under the leadership of Kim. There are many groups who may feel marginalized and unwelcome by the adult industry. Unfortunately, it is true that much of the industry overall has leaned towards thin, young, white, able-bodied, cisgender, heterosexual people. But ALL bodies deserve to experience pleasure, and all adults have the right to a safe, healthy, and fulfilling sex life if they want one. Both Kim and Brenda believe that universal and intersectional access will allow more people to reach this goal. As You Like It will further the reach of Love Revolution here in Southern Oregon.
As You Like It specifically tries to stock products for a wide range of people. This includes carrying products designed to assist people with varying levels of physical ability to experience the pleasure they want, lingerie, toys, and gender affirming products for bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and skin tones, and many educational resources for people experiencing some kind of sexual difficulty, mental or physical. Kim will bring this same model to Ashland where the good work of Love Revolution will expand and grow.
What the Funds Will be Used for
We are raising $20,000.00 to:
1) Provide training and facilitate staffing changes. We want to get everyone on our team certified though an online program, which will take time and money.
2) Support the fiscal transition of Love Revolution to As You Like It.
3) Build out our gender affirming section.
4) Help with promotion so we can get the word out about what we do and what we offer.
Everyone one who donates will get our love and gratitude and....
$20.00 will receive a 10% off coupon for our store or website during the two months, plus stickers
$100.00 will receive a 10% off coupon for our store or website during the first two months ,plus stickers and a reuse-able stainless steel straw.
$500.00 or more will receive a 20% off coupon for our store or website during the two months, plus stickers, and an "I heart consent" hat. The first ten donors at this level will also receive a free thank you gift.
$1,000.00 will receive all of the above, plus a private store shopping experience for you and up to 4 friends.
Please consider donating to help us spread our vision and to allow a woman-owned sexual health shop to remain both open and woman owned. We honor the incredible strides made by Love Revolution and envision a future taking As You Like It to a new level. Help us make it possible!
As You Like It is ready to undergo a Love Revolution! Help us make it possible!