Tulip opened in 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The company was conceived at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, where the previous owner began developing a business model and marketing plan. “Europe is ten years ahead of the United States in mainstream sexual well-being. Where the European equivalent of Walgreens is selling these items at the local drugstore, the U.S. consumer is left with seedy sex shops and ordering online from less than reputable websites. We want to change that.”
Tulip was passed along to the company’s first manager and buyer, undergoing brand new ownership on December 1, 2013. ” I fell in love with the company’s mission a decade ago. Tulip is a truly discrimination-free environment, pan-sexual, free of gender politics, and serious about sex and education”, says the new owner of Tulip, “Sex toys are slightly less taboo since Tulip first opened. While now we can find a selection of vibrating rings at our local Target, we are still way behind.” Adult products are not regulated in the US. and are considered “novelties,” meaning “not intended for use.” Many adult toys on the market today, especially dildos, vibrators and anal toys, are made of materials that contain carcinogens, toxins and are porous (can never be fully sterilized). Ours are not. “We need stores like Tulip, which carefully select only the safest sex toys and inform customers.”
Tulip is designed for all people to safely and comfortably shop for intimate toys in a boutique environment. Tulip Toy Gallery is a LGBTQ+ owned & operated company based in Chicago, Illinois.