Unlimited pleasures to end after quarter of a century

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Pleasures Unlimited owner Glen Idiens will close his store after 25 years in May.
Camera IconPleasures Unlimited owner Glen Idiens will close his store after 25 years in May. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

Pleasures Unlimited owner Glen Idiens had no idea he would still be in the adult shop industry 25 years after opening his store, but he thinks now is a good time to finish.

Mr Idiens said a lot had changed in the quarter of a century since he opened in May 1994.

“Initially people would be unsure about coming through the store and now it is much easier for a couple to come through,” he said.

“People use to be very shy and cautious coming in, but now we see friends coming in with friends to buy things and talking about things – and it is people of all ages.

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“Sexuality is something that is much more accepted these days.”

Mr Idiens said he had often been surprised over the years by different aspects of the industry.

“A lot of people don’t realise how much of a medical side is involved in what we do,” he said.

“We have different medical professionals send people through for products – when we tell people that they are always surprised.”

He said he did not think he had been impacted by online markets.

“I don’t think it has made a major difference because a lot of people still like to see what they are buying,” he said.

“If you look on the internet you can’t actually see the product – you can’t see whether it’s a hard or soft product – or what it does – there are variations,”

“Those sorts of things you can’t tell from a picture.”

Mr Idiens said he would miss the repeat customers most of all.

“We’ve met some really good people over the years and some still just come in to say g’day,” he said.

“And it’s being part of the surrounding area as well – I really like being in the centre of Bunbury.”

The decision to put the store on the market was made last year with Mr Idiens deciding more recently not to renew his lease once it ends in May.

He remains hopeful he will find a buyer for the store so there is still local competition in order to prevent prices rising.

“I just think after 25 years I’ve had enough and it is time to move on,” he said.

“I’ve had some offers from people to work their businesses while they’re away, but for the first three months I think I just want to sleep.”

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