This guide is written by Molly Stratton, an Autostraddle community member! The Queer Girl City Guides are compiled and written by volunteer community members who are excited to share their favorite places and experiences with you. They cannot be independently verified by Autostraddle. We also recognize that cities change and venues close.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum boasts a vast collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, and medical equipment. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. Read more about the museum's history. The museum offers guided tours, only due to the fragility of the historic space. Public tours can accommodate up to 10 people. The Apothecary Museum presents one-hour specialty tours with varying themes on occasional Sunday mornings throughout the year. Advance purchase is recommended as space is limited.
Adult theatres, sex shops, erotic stores, adult bookstores, and pleasure boutiques. Typically these establishments attract an array of characters; from the creepy guy pursuing porn on a late night field trip to bachelorettes looking for an exciting pre-wedding adventure to couples trying to spice up their sex life. They often feel like a comic book store for grown-ups, but with lube-o-plenty. Rarely have these places been a haven of education and sex positivity. And almost never are they an affirming experience for us lezzies and queer folks.
A San Antonio, Texas sex shop will have to shell out for a food permit to keep offering edible underwear and other intimate treats. The owner thinks the city bureaucracy is going too far. She warns anyone looking for sustenance in her wares that they are "not going to fill you up I don't think you would actually eat, lick, or taste enough.