|Just another lingerie store?|
|Not! This multi-room space is crammed with accoutrements.|
By Charlie Sahner
What had been billed by locals for months as a future "lingerie shop" at 6 W. Bridge St. turned out this week to be much, much more.
Sweet Escape is a "sensual store for women and couples," says owner Dawn Ellery.
Tastefully decorated, with an airy, inviting feeling, the store belies the adult store stereotype.
The lingerie serves as a veil, behind which are roomy display areas for oils, unguents, and what might appear to the famous cartoon character Mr. Magoo as an extensive selection of *ahem* plumbing fixtures and thermoses. Beyond are smaller rooms, with more lingerie, a low-key selection of DVDs, and books for women and couples of all lifestyles.
So what distinguishes this shop from three others of somewhat similar ilk in New Hope?
"The store is open and romantic, dialogue is encouraged, the product mixture is good, and we're creating a more comfortable space," says Ellery.
Reigning king of fetish wear Le Chateau Exotique on West Mechanic Street won't be threatened competitively by this newcomer, but the other two must be sweating.
Ellery aims to utilize the large space for events, including those run by therapists specializing in wellness and sensuality education. A former corporate benefits manager, she lives in Yardley with her husband and two children.
This store will be a contender.
A grand opening celebration featuring wine, cheese, and giveaways is scheduled for 6-10 p.m., Aug. 28.