Over the past plus years sex shops and adult toy stores have not only become increasingly commonplace, but proudly so. At the chain Lovers Lane, stores have grown their bondage collections by 40 to 50 percent to prepare for the movie, said Jenny Silva, regional sales manager overseeing 32 locations in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. All products are also free of phthalates, and browsing alone when funds are running low still makes for a stimulating afternoon. Besides a kickass, friendly staff that can answer all your questions about sex seriously, all of them , they also offer the aforementioned workshops, with topics ranging from bondage to erotic writing to sex for survivors. Citing data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Washington Post reported last week that the number of Americans requiring emergency room care for injuries involving sex toys has doubled since Besides toys they also have a nice stock of books and movies and some of the most darling lingerie, including gorgeous pasties and retro high waisted underwear. At Tulip, an adult store with locations in Lakeview and Andersonville, owner Camila Klinger has been stocking up on new types of ropes, paddles and fetish gear, plus the officially licensed "Fifty Shades of Grey" line of sex toys, which bear quotes from the book on their packaging to remind shoppers of the scene in which a particular product was used. Contact the author of this article or email tips chicagoist. They coyly prompt you to taste-test the fruit-flavored lube, get handsy with the dildos, and answer all your questions about vibrator strength and speed. You either want to swallow the bile rising in your throat, pay for the rubbers and move on, or dress down the cashier on the spot. The Chicago store, opened in , caters to any twist, kink or proclivity including BDSM, sexual health products, DVDs and books, and kits guaranteed to safely enhance even the most staid sex lives. Not for the first time, of course. But last month almost 60 people piled into the Lakeview store for the class, forming a line out the door, Klinger said. Ramirez, who said she didn't read the books but is excited to the see the relentlessly hyped movie, believes the big-screen version of "Fifty Shades," the titillating tale of an ingenue submitting to the sadomasochistic games of a powerful billionaire, will dwarf the book's impact on the sex toy industry. Tribune graphics This time, though, retailers are prepared.