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50 Shades of Downers Grove: Adult Boutique Opens on Ogden Avenue

Teresa's Boutique owner Teresa Lester says she hopes to attract women and couples with her selection of lingerie and adult novelties.

A new adult novelty shop recently opened for business in Downers Grove.

Teresa's Boutique, 652 Ogden Ave., opened its doors last month next to the Sybaris. The store sells everything from lingerie and body lotions to sex toys and the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.

Owner Teresa Lester said the store is designed for men and women alike.

"I wanted a place where women would feel comfortable, but I also wanted men to be able to come in here and buy something for their wives or girlfriends," Lester said.

Lester, a Brookfield resident, said she was attracted to her Ogden Avenue location because of its proximity to the Sybaris, a couples-only hotel that boasts its romantic pool suites.

"I've been in the industry for 16 years, but this is the first time I've gone into retail, so I wanted the perfect location," Lester said. "The Sybaris has been in the area for a long time, so I thought it would be a great place to open a boutique for couples."

Although the 18-and-over store carries a wide variety of lingerie and novelties, customers won't find any adult films, Lester said.

"I'm not carrying anything lewd or pornographic," Lester said. "I really just wanted a place where men and women would feel comfortable buying lingerie or products that enhance their experience."

Lester also hopes to capitalize on the popularity of the best-selling erotic trilogy 50 Shades of Grey, which she says has "completely changed" the adult novelty industry. Teresa's boutique not only carries all three novels, but several products inspired by the story.

"After the 50 Shades series came out, more people were curious about bondage and things like that, so there was a huge increase in demand for those types of products," she said.

Despite the boutique's racy products, the feedback from customers and the village of Downers Grove has been mostly positive, Lester said.

However, there have been a few complaints.

The store's window display, which features lingerie-clad mannequins, has drawn the ire of a few residents, as has an ad in a local newspaper that promoted several of its products, including male enhancement pills.

Lester said she was surprised by the feedback, particularly because Downers Grove already has a Lover's Lane, which opened at 1640 75th St. in 2005.

"To me, this is all part of everyday life, so some of the complaints did catch me a little off guard," Lester said. "I try to do everything as tasteful as possible without offending anyone."

Lester said she is gearing up for the busy Valentine's Day season, as well as a spring full of bachelorette parties.

The boutique will host a Ladies Night on Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 630-324-6310.

Lester said she hopes residents will give the store a chance before labeling it as offensive or inappropriate.

"I realize how some people might view the store and that the subject matter might make people embarrassed, but my goal is just to make people feel comfortable shopping for themselves or their partner," she said.

Teresa's Boutique is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit the store's Facebook page.

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Martin Tully January 21, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Next, regarding attracting and retaining businesses that help drive sales tax revenues and keep our overall tax base healthy (and property taxes relatively low), the Village and the Economic Development Corporation work very hard to identify and pursue opportunities that will be solid additions to the community, such as the terrific new Aston Martin auto dealership at Ogden and Cumnor. In the face of economic uncertainty and heightened competition from other communities, it would be irresponsible not to diligently pursue such opportunities for significant sales tax generation. (2/3)
Martin Tully January 21, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Finally, all that said, the Village does not have the ability or the right to hand-pick each and every business that comes to town. No one does. Instead, like most other municipalities, we have a Zoning Ordinance that establishes and allows for a variety of permitted uses in our designated commercial districts. So long as a business is one of those permitted uses and meets all the zoning and other code and legal requirements, they are welcome in our community. Of course, everyone seems to have their own personal (and conflicting) opinions about what businesses should or shouldn’t go where, but it is ultimately up to the law-abiding, prudent business person to determine where they think they will be most successful. This is often called "free enterprise." And, yes, we do like to have successful businesses in our town and we strive to maintain an environment that attracts and facilitates such success. (3/3)
Doug Grier January 21, 2013 at 09:13 PM
And this ladies and gentleman is exactly why we have the mess that is Ogden, Belmont, Butterfield, etc.
Martin Tully January 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Doug: It is a pretty broad, cursory brush that you use to paint practically the entire town as a “mess.” To that end, I’d be glad to sit down with you, copies of the zoning map and the Comprehensive Plan, and discuss your specific questions/concerns about development and re-development over a cup of coffee. I am pretty sure having some more history and information would go far toward enlightening your views as to what is both possible and practical. Likewise, we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the commercial corridors in our community and I would appreciate benefiting from your specific ideas on how we could do better. Just let me know what’s convenient for you: 312.927.1562. Many thanks.
DHD January 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Really? It was clearly visible. The large pink phallus is also visible in the photograph with this article. where it says "Free gift with every purchase" It is directly below the "w" in with.
tina barajas January 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM
There is and never was any such thing in our window. Our windows are very tastefully done. We have had many customers from downers grove welcome us to the neighborhood and shop with us and I wish if anyone has a problem with store they should just walk inside and check it out before they judge us, the store just might surprise you.
tina barajas January 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM
What you saw was a bottle of strawberry warming massage lotion if you don't believe me all you have to do is take a good luck in the window or come in. It is in a pink bottle that is rounded at the top.
John Schofield January 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM
It is shameful that you lump PADS churches into your list of ill repute!
Susan Carroll January 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I don't think a store selling frilly underthings and scented lotion marks the downfall of our fair city, but I've been wrong before.
Ron Burgandy January 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM
If more people visited stores like this maybe the divorce rate would be lower!LOL
tina barajas January 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I believe VOICE OF REASON that is a very true statement
Ernest Anderson January 22, 2013 at 01:46 AM
There is a lot of mention regarding the Village Taxes, Economic Development, and other businesses that are coming into the village. Those types of business are in alignment of the expected economic growth and places of business that, in the opinion of this DG citizen, that would bring in mostly respectful people. However most of the responses in the later part of the original topic are now falling out of scope. So, I’ll reiterate my original question, “Isn’t it strange that Darien, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Lisle, and Naperville do not have facilities like that in their towns? Why is that?”. If someone can point out to me that there are Massage Parlors, Adult Theme Stores, and Tattoo Parlors in the other nearby towns I mentioned above, I will take a back seat to this topic. However, “AS A PARENT”, and when I have to drive past places like the ones I mentioned above, I cringe and hope my child doesn’t ask me “what is that place?”. And if you don’t have kids, you have no clue what that feeling is like.
Kate Quinn January 22, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Most, if not ALL towns in the area have churches that sponsor PADS type overnights as well as places where the needy can go for food and I can't understand how these places would be considered to be of ill repute. Yes, there is an abortion clinic in town which is a total moral shame, why isn't that on your list? I suppose that you'd think the Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry in DG (which helps needy people with pet food) is bad as well. Not sure what child serve means but if you are referring to the Pregnancy Support Center that used to be right by Lovers Lane, that helps and support women who choose to have their babies (adoption or keeping them) as opposed to abortion, how is that bad? And people who have tattoos or ride motorcycles aren't all bad either, I know many very intelligent people with good jobs who have one or both.
Scott C. January 22, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Welcome, Teresa's Boutique! Don't sweat the crazy here. If lingerie and vibrators are outlawed, then only outlaws will have lingerie and vibrators. I applaud all the reasonable people here, and especially Mayor Tully's offer to sit down and discuss facts with those who are so quick to slide down the slippery slope to our fine community going to hell in a handbasket because - gasp - a store that sells sexier underwear and toys than they are into has opened. Oh the humanity! Ernest, I'm a parent. You do know how that happens, right? I hope you don't break out in a cold sweat when confronted with the provocative reminder of a couple in public with their baby in tow and the possibility of being forced into having to explain where babies come from. Newsflash...the world contains all kinds of realities that we'll have to explain to our children. A small lingerie and adult sundries shop on Ogden isn't one of them, unless you make it one (in which case I HIGHLY suggest you refrain from certain areas of Lincoln Park and North Halsted downtown). My favorite part of writing this is that there is a Victoria's Secret Swim 2013 ad below this comment box, with a model (Candice Swanepoel to be exact - I'm a fan) far more scantily clad than anything in Teresa's Boutique's window. Its an outrage!!! Or not...
Tee Jay January 22, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Susan Carroll, just do a couple zombie shots and walk into any massage parlor, maybe you won't be so uptight anymore
Ashley Porter January 22, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Lisle has a tattoo parlor. I've gotten some wonderful work done there.
Scott C. January 22, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Naperville has a Lover's Lane too.
David Grondy January 22, 2013 at 09:20 PM
WelI, my guess is that it's not necessarily the frilly underthings and scented lotions that are the concern. It's most probably that they're also a merchant of dildo's, vibrators, and benwah balls. These are kept in the back room I've been told.
JAY JAY January 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM
The right defends all, anything goes !!! Look around, the melting pot has turned into a cess pool. Morals and decency be damned, get with the immoral times coservitives.
JAY JAY January 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM
opps / CORRECTION !!!!! The LEFT.... defends all, almost anything is fine with them !! Look around, the Amer. Melting Pot has turned into a CESS pool. Morals and decency be damned, times have changed... conservatives
Ashley Porter January 23, 2013 at 09:48 AM
@JAY JAY How does any of what you just said relate to this post? Sounds a tad racist and socially ignorant.
Jon January 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM
So chickens will lower property values but adult stores and tatoo palors are O.K.
David Grondy January 24, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Both towns mentioned in the reply's also have parents that practice common sense. Just reply "That place is a business... [insert name of son/daughter here]", and just move on down the road. If they ask for more detail on the subject just say "well [insert name of son/daughter here], they are businesses that sell products and services that cater to the adult community". I mean what's the big deal?! And wtf is wrong with tattoo parlors? You should be worrying about so much more than this with your kids.
David Grondy January 24, 2013 at 03:25 PM
OMG this will only lead to things like tattoo parlors specifically for adult chickens.
David Grondy January 24, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Is this because your parents named you 'Ernest'. I mean....who the heck names a kid Ernest after 1960 for cry-eye?! At least go by Ernie. That may gain you a tad of credibility at least, but I still have doubts. If your name was maybe.... 'Nick', you'd have no issue with any legal business opening in your town of residence. It's not your fault. Blame your own parents i guess.
DHD January 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
"Gart" you're making fun of a guy's name while you use a pseudonym.
MC January 24, 2013 at 03:55 PM
"I'm not a prude, but ... " Translation: I am a guaranteed prude. (not that there's anything wrong with that. just be honest)
Sister Elenita January 26, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Hi everyone, Do you know if I can buy a magic turtle and and extra-large love claw at this place? I usually go to the Love Shack in Berwyn, but they were closed in a prostitution raid. Thanks in Advance!!
Amy January 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Naperville had/has (not sure if its still there since it has been a while) an adult store right in the shopping center on Washington and Chicago. It wasn't hurting anybody, and this store isn't either. Plus there are lovers lane stores all over the place. I don't mind the business bringing revenue into our town, but I doubt they will survive because there's so much online shopping now. Good luck to them! And to the people who think this store will bring down the moral value of our city, I think you have very naive views on what type of person wears lingerie or uses vibrators...trust me, it's not just for the stripper types... I noticed the store on my drive home today. Windows look nice and the store looks bright and inviting. I hope they do well.
ALLEN KURTZ February 09, 2013 at 11:53 PM
DHD HAS A DIRTY MIND HES HIDING SOMTHING

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