Shaw’s closed; Fresh Market opened. Sweet.
Depot Liquors is gone; another package store will take its place. No big deal.
But Bedroom Matters is shutting its doors tomorrow. That is very bad news for thousands of Westport women — plus their partners.
Bedroom Matters is a boutique across from the railroad station — a few doors down from Depot Liquors, in fact. It sells the usual: lingerie, massage candles, rhinestone pasties, Kama Sutra honey dust, vibrators, Bad Girl cuffs.
In 2 years, it’s developed a loyal following. “Our customers are amazing,” says founder Margaret Wagner.
But rents are high. So tomorrow (Friday) is her last day as a brick-and-mortar retailer. All merchandise is 50 percent off. A final event tomorrow night will clear everything off the shelves.
Customers — many of whom thank Wagner for spicing up their sex lives and/or saving their marriages — need not despair. She will continue to sell her products — including bedding, intimate objects, and educational and erotic books — online.
Her classes (intimacy, lap-dancing — “anything fun and sexy,” Wagner says) and her Sensual Circles women’s groups will be held in several area locations.
Wagner says she is “passionate about one thing: living a sensual life.”
But sex, she says, “has become an action, a verb. Its soul is lost as it gets tracked through the mud of everything from pornography to Cougar Town.”
She founded Bedroom Matters to “reintroduce sex and intimacy as a core of our being. (I wanted) to build a platform for sensuality and sexuality that is beautiful, respectful, fun and intimate.”
She calls her store “an expensive tool to help women — and couples — with relationships and intimacy.” It’s time now, she says, to move more toward the educational side of the business. And to sell products in an environment with no overhead.
As Shoeless Joe Jackson says in “Field of Dreams”: “If you build it, they will come.”
(Wagner also blogs. Click here to read “Margaret’s Bedroom.”)