It wouldn’t be July without the annual ANME Founders Show. This year, the industry’s best-known adult novelty convention went off without a hitch: three days of industry business dealings reconvening in beautiful Burbank, California with familiar faces, capped off by Tuesday evening’s convivial presentations of the 16th annual Storerotica Awards.
“This year’s show was in particular very special to StorErotica, not only because we enjoyed a new location within the Marriott ballroom, but also a new face — our wonderful hostess, Kit Richardson, who issued the warm accolades to everyone in attendance,” says Kristofer Kay, StorErotica’s Marketing & PR Director. “Once again, SE is indebted to the generosity of Susan Colvin of CalExotics; Elliot Schwartz of Nasstoys; and Ron Braverman of Doc Johnson who provide us with such a glamorous and warm setting for our awards. This show was a tight 60 minutes for comradery and good will celebrating the best of our industry over the last year.”
Highlights of the Awards ceremony included Lovehoney Group’s taking home two awards: Pleasure Product Company of the Year and Male Pleasure Product of the Year for their Arcwave Voy. In addition, SE had the pleasure of adding to our Hall of Fame Dennis Paradise, formerly head of Paradise Marketing, who joined us over video for acceptance. In the evening, most specially, Michael Moran, CEO & Founder of the Lion’s Den chain of stores, accepted the second induction of the event into SE’s Hall of Fame.
“The opportunity to recognize luminaries like Michael and Dennis is SE’s privilege to pay respects to the industry that we love so much,” beams Kay. “This show wouldn’t have been possible without them. The continued kindness led by Valerie Jones and her ANME staff was, once again, greater than we could ask for. And our new hostess Kit Richardson, certified sexpert and Head of Retail at the Museum of Sex in New York City, performed flawlessly. Richardson was a natural on stage, and, if it’s up to me, she will be hosting SE Awards from now until the wheels fall off.”
Official photos from the StorErotica Awards Ceremony will be forthcoming on StorErotica.com and in the October issue of StorErotica Magazine.
The following is a complete list of the 2023 STOREROTICA Award winners. Congratulations to all the winners!
Pleasure Product Company of the Year
Distributor of the Year
Fetish/BDSM Company of the Year
Boutique Brand of the Year
The Screaming O
Lubricant Company of the Year
M.D. Science Lab
New Product of the Year
Obsession Lover by CalExotics
LGBTQIA+ Company of the Year
Sexual Enhancement Company of the Year
Foreign Manufacturer of the Year
Male Pleasure Product of the Year
Product Packaging of the Year
Sportsheets (Saffron Collection)
Retailer of the Year (Boutique)
Museum of Sex in NYC
Retailer of the Year
Brand Ambassador of the Year
Mona Madrigal, Pipedream Products
Businesswoman of the Year
Bonnie Feingold, Honey’s Place
Businessman of the Year
Preston Garland, Eldorado Trading Co.
STOREROTICA Hall of Fame
Dennis Paradise, Paradise Marketing
STOREROTICA Hall of Fame
Michael Moran, Lion’s Den