Articles by Ariana Rodriguez

Kimberly Scott Faubel, Josh Ortiz to Co-Host Retail Edition of XBIZ Honors

Kimberly Scott Faubel of COTR and Josh Ortiz of XR Brands have been named co-hosts of the 2024 XBIZ Honors, the pleasure industry’s biggest night, set for Jan. 14 at the stylish Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Blush Expands 'Aria' Collection With Multi-Feature Rabbit Vibes

Blush has released the Pleasin’ AF and Arousing AF silicone rabbit vibrators from its Aria collection.

Vibe Expo Host Hotel Now Accepting Bookings

Vibe Expo vendors and buyers, as well as the general public attending January’s “Pleasure Super Show,” may now book their hotel accommodations at the luxurious Loews Hollywood.

Vibe Expo Announces Call for Speakers

Vibe Expo is currently accepting applications for speakers to be a part of its “Pleasure Super Show,” to share their expertise and best advice for sexual wellness and elevated pleasure.


A Look at the Burgeoning Market for CBD Intimacy Products

In recent years, CBD has taken the health, wellness and self-care industry by storm. With its potential to alleviate the anxiety, pain and inflammation that afflict so many people.

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XBIZ Retreat Amsterdam Edition Set for Sept. 10-13

Five years after making its European debut in Berlin, XBIZ Retreat is moving to Amsterdam, where the premier all-inclusive B2B event for the pleasure market will take place Sept. 10-13. Founder Nick Mahler Passes Away

Nick Mahler, the founder of online retail site and a prominent advocate for disabled-oriented pleasure products, has passed away.

XBIZ Honors Ceremony Toasts to Adult Retail's Top Brands, Execs

After more than two years without being able to celebrate in person, the adult retail community made up for lost time with a festive, heartfelt and sometimes emotional evening at the 2023 XBIZ Honor ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Industry Vet Nick Orlandino Passes Away

Pleasure products industry vet Nick Orlandino has passed away, according to social media reports.

Sex Expo Returns to NYC With Action-Packed Weekend

After more than two years, Sex Expo made its in-person comeback with a rousing weekend featuring a variety of vendors for consumers to interact with, as well as engaging workshops, informative panel discussions, fun contests and giveaways. 


Adult Retail Industry Experts Discuss State of Post-Pandemic Market

For those in the business of selling pleasure products, life after COVID is a mixed bag that the sector is still navigating.

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Perfect Fit Founder Steve Callow Passes Away

Steve Callow, the inventor, designer and CEO of Perfect Fit Brand, passed away on July 8 due to injuries from a car accident.


PlusOne CEO Jamie Leventhal on Venturing Into the Intersection of Adult and Mainstream

In 2018, plusOne made its U.S. debut on a massive scale, landing on the shelves of Walmart stores nationwide and the mega-retailer’s website with a small selection of basic yet refined sexual wellness devices.

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Industry Execs Assess ISO Guidelines, Recommendations for Pleasure Products

In October 2021, the International Organization for Standardization released design and safety requirements for the pleasure products industry.

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Industry Vet Lorraine Weinberg Passes Away

Lorraine Weinberg, whose sales career in the adult biz spanned over four decades, passed away last week at the age 79.

Dame Products Now Available on has launched a new “Intimate Care” sub-category within its “Bath & Body” section featuring Dame Products’ vibes and lube.

2022 XBIZ Honors Celebrates Success, Resilience of Adult Retail

On Wednesday evening, the adult retail community across the globe tuned in to for the retail edition of the 2022 XBIZ Honors, presented by Satisfyer, and shared in the excitement as their colleagues paid tribute to the success and accomplishments of the industry’s leading brands and executives.

Adam & Eve Founder Phil Harvey Passes Away

Adam & Eve founder Phil Harvey reportedly passed away late last night, Dec. 2.


Europe in Focus: A Look at the Top Trends Driving Business Overseas

The pandemic and Brexit may have wreaked havoc on Europe’s pleasure products industry over the past year and a half, but with quick adaptability, European retailers and manufacturers are bouncing back.

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A Look at the Latest Innovations Shaping Pleasure Products

The pleasure products industry remains unstoppable as we enter the second half of 2021, after more than a year of adapting to and recovering from the pandemic.

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