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You've got to know what you're getting into when you enter a store like Condom Kingdom, with its facade bearing two carved sperm and blue sperm painted onto the sidewalk. We wandered by his Philadelphia sex and novelty shop recently, as it sits on South Street within spitting distance of favorite cheesesteak shop Jim's Steaks, but deals with a whole other brand of fresh meat.
From gummy boobs to penis-shaped ice luge molds, Condom Kingdom delivers on the kitsch, but it also backs up its name with a huge variety of prophylactics (camouflage jimmy hat, anyone?). Not to mention that they carry the "kingdom" theme to the max, with black gates in front of the entrance and an interior with walls of faux rock, like castle walls.
Altogether a highly recommended shopping stop for the Prince Albert in your life. Too bad NYC's similar Condomania on Bleecker Street is long gone.
· Condom Kingdom [Facebook]