Tucked back in the Warehouse District of Downtown Minneapolis, past the stadiums, bars, and boutique office suites, sits one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Minnesota. More identifiable than Prince’s Paisley Park (RIP), and more generationally transcendent than the Mary Tyler Moore statue, one building serves as both an iconic piece of the local counterculture, and a rite of passage for Minnesotans both young and old: SexWorld.
From the moment you step inside the famed store just off Washington Ave, your senses are overloaded by T&A, S&M, and any other acronym you can think of that'll result in some sort of sexual act. Both the unmistakable fluorescent sign outside, and the circus-like awning of Minnesota’s most iconic sex shop, have helped make it a famed (and friendly) staple of the Downtown community for over 20 years.
It's also one of the lone survivors of the once-booming red light district in the Twin Cities.
Dennis Buchanan and Robert Bonynge initially started SexWorld back in 1993 for two key reasons. Buchanan recognized the business opportunity; at that time, sex was considered a predominately male industry, but Buchanan saw that women-centric sex toys would soon begin to penetrate (!!) the market. Bonynge, on the other hand, was just more of a... connoisseur?... with a questionably sexual appetite -- which would be easily fed by opening a sex store -- and an amateur filmmaking background.
(And by "filmmaking," we mean he was caught videotaping his Rottweiler having sex with women, something that eventually landed him in jail for nine months. He was then, unsurprisingly, pushed out of SexWorld altogether.)