Come As You Are Co-operative is the world's only worker-owned co-operative sex shop! This means that the people who work in our shop are also the owners and we collectively curate our collection of sex toys, books, DVDs, and workshops just for you.
As a co-operative, none of us profits from the sexual health, pleasure, and education products you buy from our shop to ensure that we always make decisions that work for our customers, not for some profit-driven boss or external shareholders.
Co-operatives are based on values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. As a co-operative we believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others. This fits well with our mandate as a sex-positive sex store serving a wide range of clientele. To learn more about co-operatives, check out the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation website or view The Seven Principles of Co-operatives.
who we are
Annanda has been happily working at Come As You Are since 2009, when she arrived in a flurry of colour and set her sights on decorating and bedazzling everything. Thus, in addition to spending tons of time on the store floor with co-workers and customers, she is now our Visual Merchandiser, Window Display Designer, Art Show Co-ordinator and the Organizer for the whimsical and sexy Erotic Arts and Craft Fair! For some balance and to put the other side of her brain to good use, Annanda has recently taken over our Accounts Payable department, where she gets to play with numbers like she used to do at Math Camp.
One of the many things she finds fulfilling about her work at Come As You Are is the opportunity to create an accessible and comfortable environment to talk about and explore aspects of sexuality that are often silenced in the larger world.
In the event that she is not here at the store, Annanda loves to cook, eat, sew, crochet, hang out with cats and occasionally perform really campy burlesque dance numbers around Toronto. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Noah stumbled into Come As You Are in 2011 as a fresh new Toronto face, and has been beaming ever since. Currently Noah wears many hats (hankies) as our sex toy and supplies buyer, member of the Mail Order team, and working harder to make sex easier on the floor talking to all of you about lube, porn, and butt plugs! This is the third co-operative Noah has had the good fortune to be involved in. Noah lives and breathes and cycles for co-operative business structures and politics.
Raised on a small farm in southern Ontario then led astray by a small university in Peterborough, Noah has an unshakeable love for food, DIY culture, workboots, Coronation Street, and bicycles. Noah swoons at every opportunity to talk about sexuality, gender, and sexual health. Noah feels that sexuality and gender are foundational ways that we experience life, and as such he puts a lot of stock into the importance of respecting, exploring, and celebrating bodies and sexualities. Noah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack came to Come As You Are in 2001 with a passion for computers, Coronation Street, soldering irons, philosophy, percussion and sex. Jack has transformed our mail-order department and has gone on to spend many glorious hours working on our inventory system, intranet and web site. Jack's current duties include toy buying, bookkeeping, changing light bulbs, light carpentry and finding good homes for all of those dildos. Jack is currently our web developer. Jack can be reached at Jack@comeasyouare.com
Cory is happiest when surrounded by sex toys. He credits this environmental need to being raised in the seventies (by sex therapists, god help him). He has been working in sex stores for over fifteen years, while completing graduate work in psychology and doing sex research. He has presented on the topic of sex toys, sexual communication, and sexuality and disability at workshops and conferences both in Canada and the U.S. Cory is an AASECT certified sex educator, co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability and is currently the sexuality guide at About.com. Cory was a founding member and left the co-operative in 2010 and we miss him greatly.
Stevie was a worker-owner and workshop coordinator from 1997-2014 at Come As You Are. They briefly lived in Montreal at the well-loved but short-lived Montreal location. They also coordinated the Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair which ran for seven years. Currently Stevie is the writer creator of Cacophony and Carrot Sticks, a blog for single parents raising social justice minded kids. Stevie works full time as the HIV/STI Prevention and Outreach Educator at ARCH (HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health). Stevie is also a member of the Guelph Pride Committee and the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition Diversity Committee. They live in Guelph by the Speed River with one fabulous dog and a 5 year old sidekick who loves lego and flying kites. Stevie is a strong proponent of community connections to create change for the better in small ways every day.