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Polk Street Good Vibrations Store

Ride the cable car to Good Vibrations in historic Russian Hill and stroll the lively and colorful shops on Polk Street.

1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 345-0400 Map & Directions

Regular Hours
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Good Vibrations - Nob Hill



Workshop Information

Most of our events are open to everybody. However, some are designated for particular groups. If an event description says "women only" or "men only," anyone who identifies with that gender is welcome to attend. Events for couples do not require you to be romantic or sexual partners, but you do need to attend as a pair. So if you have a close friend you want to come with, feel free!

For paid workshops, we strongly recommend reserving your seat. Some of our classes fill up and signing up early will make sure you can attend them. Other workshops have smaller attendance and we may cancel an event if only a few people are registered in advance. Early pre-registration is the best way to avoid disappointment. You can click on the link in the workshop description or call us at 415-345-0400 to sign up. We are unable to honor refunds if the request is communicated after the actual date of the workshop.


Antique Vibrator Museum

Open every day 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Late night Thursdays 12:30pm - 8:30 pm

The history of the vibrator is a fascinating one, and Good Vibrations gladly sheds light on the unlikely origins of its industry. The electric vibrator had its inception in 1869 with the invention of a steam-powered massager, patented by an American doctor. This device was designed as a medical tool for treating what was called "hysteria," or "female disorders." Within 20 years a British doctor followed up with a more portable battery-operated model; by 1900, dozens of styles of electric vibrators, just like those in our exhibit, were available to the discriminating medical professional.



Upcoming Events at Polk


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Getting Erotically Unstuck: a playshop on desire, pleasure and sensuality
Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows
Tickets

Sometimes we feel disconnected from the experience of pleasure, and need to take the time to reconnect with our desires and sensual selves. Amy Jo Goddard's workshop uses movement, meditation, reflection and group exercises to rekindle the flames. What is holding you back from experiencing pleasure and desire in your daily life? What are the things that make you feel most alive, and how can you work to bring those aspects of your life into greater alignment with how you live? People of all genders & couples welcome. Learn more at www.amyjogoddard.com.

Amy Jo Goddard is a Sexual Empowerment Coach, author, sexuality educator and founder of SPECTRA, a mentorship program for sexuality professionals. She is the co-author of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men. Currently, she teaches her Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program, maintains a private coaching practice and hosts sexuality events and VIP days with private clients in the Napa Valley.


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour
Sunday, July 20th
3:00 pm
FREE!

A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco's most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history with Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen and her team of trained docents.





Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Lip Service: The Art of Kissing
Monday, July 21st, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows
Tickets

Without a doubt, one of the most overlooked erotic skills is kissing. With many years of experience as a workshop presenter—plus a knack for necking—Tracy Bartlett will help you add sparks to your smooches. Come to this perennially popular "lips-on" how-to workshop with a kissing partner and try out new techniques, glean communication tips, and find out how to make more of making out. Please bring a bottle of water or juice to help keep your lips lubricated.


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

The Gourmet Male Hand Job
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows
Tickets

Giving a gourmet hand job can be a wonderful treat, and there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. Come learn how to make your guy's toes curl with an amazing erotic genital massage. Sex educator Tracy Bartlett will explain important anatomy basics, creating a smooth flow from warm-up all the way to the happy ending, using toys, bringing anal and prostate play into the mix, and much more.

Please bring a dildo or a cucumber to practice on.


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Getting What You Want from Your Submissive
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows
Tickets

When D/s play goes awry, being the Dominant in a scene or a relationship can ignite the tyrant or the co-dependent, bringing out the worst in ourselves or our subs and depleting the precious energy of power exchange. The urge to take charge, receive trust, or experience someone's surrender can muddle our thinking. Join Tim Emert and Francesca Gentille to learn key negotiation concepts, plus important techniques for staying centered, discerning, self-caring, and adored in your Dominance.


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Summer Fun Vibrator Crafting Night
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows
Tickets

It's the best date night or friends' night out, and you get to be crafty AND sex-positive! Join burlesque performer and sex educator Alexa Joseph to snazz up a plain old vibrator—make your new ride a custom job! We'll provide the vibrators and some bling (you can bring some too, if you want to use anything special), and along the way you'll learn tons about toys and pleasure from your fun and engaging teacher.


Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Opening Up Without Screwing Up
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows
Tickets

Whether you say polyamory, open marriage, swinging or "monogamish," it seems like everyone's talking about open relationships these days. But maintaining a healthy, happy, loving relationship is hard enough… how do you do it with more than one person? Nationally recognized open relationship coach Marcia Baczynski has seen it all. Learn to manage jealousy, how to talk about opening up, much more!


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