By Mark Horning

Valentine’s Day is just over a week away and while it’s not quite crunch time for buying the perfect gift for your beloved it is time to seriously consider your options. While expensive chocolates, jewelry, cards, flowers reflect a more traditional line of gifts, a new category has gained popularity over the past few years. This is the giving of sexy lingerie. Lucky for us, the Northeast Ohio area has a bounty of specialty boutiques ranging from intimate stores to national chains as well as on line alternatives for the savvy shopper who is more comfortable at his computer desk then strolling through an acre of bras and panties. The list below will give you a leg up on your shopping for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Ambiance (The Store For Lovers)
6879 West 130th St.
Parma Heights, Ohio 44130
(440) 665-2001

What began as a local home party start-up has blossomed under the direction of Jennifer Downey into seven stores in the Northeast Ohio area. What sets Ambiance apart is that couples can meet with a “Romance Consultant” and work to find ways to discover more excitement for their romantic relationship through the purchase of various stimulating products designed to make their lives more passionate and fulfilling. Each “Romance Consultant” is extensively trained in the science of romance and is happy to assist customers in making the correct choices that fits their romantic inclinations. Locations include Boardman, Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, Maple Heights, North Olmsted Mayfield Heights and Parma Heights. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 12 to 6 p.m.

Lingerie Diva

This popular online store puts the Sssssssss in sexy. This is lingerie designed to get both your hearts pumping with desire. They carry a full line of plus sizes, various costumes, hosiery, panties, dresses, shoes and boots, wigs, men’s lingerie and costumes as well as a hilarious line of romantic gifts that will have you laughing all the way to the bedroom. Prices are very reasonable and everything is shipped in a discreet plain unmarked package with a “Virtual Inventories” return address.

Ida Joy Shoppes
Overlook Court
4630 Richmond Road, Suite 265
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
(216) 831-2048

Located on the west side Richmond Road just south of Emery, this is a specialty shop for women who have undergone any kind of breast surgery or cancer treatment. Their motto is “To help women gain a positive self image and an enhanced lifestyle.” The store was started in 1969 and has been owned and operated by women since its inception. The current owners, Eileen Jones and Jennifer Jeffries have committed themselves to meeting the special needs of women with special needs brought on by medical procedures with specialty products such as partial to full breast forms, nipples, custom braziers, wigs, turbans and more. Store hours are Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

La Perla Boutique
34 East Oak St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312)  494-0400

This ultra sophisticated boutique specializes in finely crafted Italian undergarments fashion and boast shops around the world in such far flung places as Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Casablanca, the United States and throughout Europe. If Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Las Vegas, Houston, Texas or Bal Harbour, Florida is too much of a drive to pick up some sexy undies, don’t fret. You can order everything you desire online with free U.S. ground shipping.


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