Here's yet another good reason you shouldn't be texting while driving: you'll miss the half-naked model in the window of South Miami's Sexy Secrets Lingerie Boutique. Appearing only a few times a month, the lace-clad lovely is a rush hour treat for Bird Road drivers making the otherwise mind-numbing 5 p.m. trek home.
"The reaction has been fantastic," says owner Tavia Scott, an enterprising expert in sensual wares who thought up the promotional method during the holiday season and will be continuing it through the year. "People told me they turned and drove around the block again just to do a double take."
Besides curbside entertainment, the boutique offers affordable to high-end lingerie, presented in a clean, cotton-candy pink space accented with huge wall-mounted lollipops and other artwork. Vintage-style tables and cabinets are lined with apparel that ranges from girly to steamy, in matched sets and separates from collections including Hanky Panky, Cosabella, and Dreamgirl. Prices range from about $30 to $80, and consultation is always free. "I help dress a lot of brides-to-be for boudoir photo shoots, based on the look they're going for and the backdrops they'll be shot against," says Scott.
Popular items: Customers love the shapewear offerings, including corsets and bustiers. Scott plans to expands on shapewear in the new year, along with stocking a wider range of plus sized intimates for bigger, bustier women. Also flying off the shelves: body oils and bedding sprays that incorporate pheromones, the chemicals humans release to indicate sexual availability.
Party outfitters: Whether you're getting married or divorced, Sexy Secrets has the goods to let you party on through either life transition. Bachelorettes can buy drinking games and iron-on bling for customized shirts, while recent divorcees can celebrate their new singledom with items like an ex-husband pinata or dartboard. The boutique can be booked after hours to host either type of party, as well as bridal showers, birthdays and "Girls Night Out" adult toy parties (thonged male entertainer optional). For the more laid back crowd, a monthly ladies-only happy hour features wine, cheese, mingling and shopping.
The back room: Separated by a curtain, Sexy Secrets' back room boasts an ample selection of sex toys for all levels of expertise. Customers can shop discreetly, and bring their purchases in a bag to the register. "It keeps the store kid-friendly and helps women feel less intimidated," says Scott, who is ready to answer questions on any of the wares offered. "Customers are comfortable enough here to ask about intimate situations or items they've always been curious about. "
Additional services: Party planning and bookings for limos, DJs, erotic cakes, male entertainers and other bachelorette needs; collaborative boudoir packages available, including apparel, makeup, hair, and photographer. Visit sexysecretsmiami.com or call (305) 662-5518 for more details.