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BobArrgh
09-05-2011, 07:50 PM
My wife, her parents, and I were driving today and saw an adult bookstore that also had a sign that said, "Men's Spa".

None of us had ever heard the phrase before and we got to wondering what such a place might be, especially in the context of an adult bookstore.

Is it a steam room or sauna? Is it a Happy Ending Massage Parlor?

Argent Towers
09-05-2011, 07:55 PM
I'm guessing that it's just a big room with partitions or stalls where men can have "encounters" with each other. I doubt there are any actual "spa" features there. But this is just guessing. It could be a luxurious, well-appointed steam room and sauna for all I know.

sitchensis
09-05-2011, 07:55 PM
It seems to blatant for prostitution, so I’m guessing gay hookup area

Huerta88
09-05-2011, 08:12 PM
It seems to blatant for prostitution, so Iím guessing gay hookup area

I know some people are old school, but I came to the conclusion a while back that most remaining "adult bookstores" would almost have to have this market in mind because really, who buys porno mags anymore (or who can't get them at the neighborhood newsstand without encountering a bunch of other perverts -- unless that's the very goal?)?

ShibbOleth
09-05-2011, 08:24 PM
Where is it located?

Little Nemo
09-05-2011, 08:30 PM
I know some people are old school, but I came to the conclusion a while back that most remaining "adult bookstores" would almost have to have this market in mind because really, who buys porno mags anymore (or who can't get them at the neighborhood newsstand without encountering a bunch of other perverts -- unless that's the very goal?)?I believe the main income source for adult "bookstores" is actually the sale of movies and sexual paraphenalia. Sales of actual books and magazines are a minor sideline.

ZenBeam
09-05-2011, 08:34 PM
Where is it located?And what are their hours?

(j/k)

ShibbOleth
09-05-2011, 08:38 PM
And what are their hours?

(j/k)

Well, sure, that to. However, I just thought some local/regional context might help. Search as I may, I've never seen any place that I recall advertised as a "Men's Spa".

Cabin_Fever
09-05-2011, 08:39 PM
NWSF...
A factual answer to your query.

http: // midtowne . com /

alphaboi867
09-05-2011, 08:44 PM
I believe the main income source for adult "bookstores" is actually the sale of movies and sexual paraphenalia. Sales of actual books and magazines are a minor sideline.

You can buy all the porn and sex toys you want from the privacy of your own home (granted you can't pay in cash and have to give your address).

even sven
09-05-2011, 10:17 PM
Huge chunks of the population don't use e-commerce. Not everyone has a credit card. Lots of people don't have bank accounts. And there are many people who do not have or know how to use a computer. Everyone needs to get off, not just the middle class.

Plus, adult bookstores offer instant gratification when inspiration strikes. You don't want to wait a week when you have the urge to finally try a fleshlight.

Little Nemo
09-05-2011, 11:18 PM
Huge chunks of the population don't use e-commerce. Not everyone has a credit card. Lots of people don't have bank accounts. And there are many people who do not have or know how to use a computer. Everyone needs to get off, not just the middle class.Plus there's probably a lot of people who would prefer to make their porn purchases on an anonymous cash-only basis rather than leaving a paper trail.

Toucanna
09-06-2011, 12:58 PM
...midtowne...
Oh, I get it. I grew up calling that a "gay bathhouse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_bathhouse)." (Wiki article--SFW, but possibly PG-13)

Acsenray
09-06-2011, 01:19 PM
NWSF...
A factual answer to your query.

http: // midtowne . com /

Why not offer a short summary rather than just a mystery link?

AClockworkMelon
09-06-2011, 01:23 PM
I'm guessing that it's just a big room with partitions or stalls where men can have "encounters" with each other. I doubt there are any actual "spa" features there. But this is just guessing. It could be a luxurious, well-appointed steam room and sauna for all I know.The genius is that you don't know if it's a man or a woman on the other side. True, it's a "Men's Spa" but you just don't know.

[/Always Sunny]

BobArrgh
09-09-2011, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the answers, folks. This particular establishment was just east of Joplin, Missouri, on I-44. And, since I didn't stop there, I have no idea what the hours are.

Thanks again for the answers. You confirmed what I thought it was.

panache45
09-10-2011, 02:39 AM
The genius is that you don't know if it's a man or a woman on the other side. True, it's a "Men's Spa" but you just don't know.

[/Always Sunny]

What you're describing is a glory hole. The back rooms of book stores usually have little booths, though there would probably be a glory hole in the bathroom. Aside from that, you know exactly who you're playing with . . . and it would not be a woman.

AClockworkMelon
09-10-2011, 09:37 AM
What you're describing is a glory hole. The back rooms of book stores usually have little booths, though there would probably be a glory hole in the bathroom. Aside from that, you know exactly who you're playing with . . . and it would not be a woman.Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.

Joey P
09-10-2011, 10:12 AM
Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.

I was recently made aware of the phrase "Put down the chocolate covered banana and step away from the European currency systems (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jonathan.deboynepollard/FGA/put-down-the-chocolate-covered-banana.html) which is to be used when someone asks a question in such a way that they are likely to get wrong answers because instead of explaining what they are trying to do, they ask for something they clearly don't understand. (In that thread they asked for the ICQ number for firefox).

I feel that "Thanks, I know what a glory hole is" in these cases. Cases where someone makes a joke and the other person doesn't seem to understand it was a joke (or tv/movie reference) and explains to them why they are wrong.

Example:

OP)I'm having problems getting my kids to tell me when we're out of things that I need to pick up from the store like milk or bread. Can anyone help me come up with some ideas.....etc

First Poster)Next time you run out of milk because they didn't let you know they were running low, throw them all in the car and on the way to the store hit someone with your car and then say "And this is why we always leave notes[/i]."

Next Poster)WTF? Why would you suggest something like that, what a terrible idea.

First poster)Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.

Balthisar
09-10-2011, 10:30 AM
Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.

It's good to describe it, because not everyone does. I had to read about it in Stars and Stripes in Germany in 1992.

Joey P
09-10-2011, 10:39 AM
FTR ACM, I had no problem thinking about It's Always Sunny (http://heavy.com/comedy/comedy-videos/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia/2010/10/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-glory-hole/) as soon as you mentioned it (kinda NSFW, but if you want to know what a glory hole (WRT bathrooms) is, this is a pretty good explanation).

MPB in Salt Lake
09-10-2011, 02:24 PM
Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.

There is no doubt in my mind about the total and absolute truth of this simple declarative statement.

No doubt at all....

Ambivalid
09-10-2011, 03:18 PM
Originally Posted by AClockworkMelon
Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.


There is no doubt in my mind about the total and absolute truth of this simple declarative statement.

No doubt at all....

Ha! Me either. Me either. My man is the knowledgeable sort. ;)

Belowjob2.0
09-10-2011, 04:15 PM
http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=14239862

In New York City, the Everard (nicknamed the Everhard)[8] was converted from a church to a bathhouse in 1888 and was patronized by gay men before the 1920s and by the 1930s had a reputation as the "classiest, safest, and best known of the baths."[9]

Too funny.

panache45
09-10-2011, 04:17 PM
Thanks, I know what a glory hole is.

YOU: In back of the bookstores are little appliances that you put bread into, and after a set amount of time the bread emerges, hot and darker and stiffer.

ME: What you're describing is a toaster. These rooms do not have toasters in them, but you could probably find one in a kitchen.

You: Thanks, I know what a toaster is.

AClockworkMelon
09-10-2011, 04:17 PM
There is no doubt in my mind about the total and absolute truth of this simple declarative statement.

No doubt at all....I'm a cultured man, what can I say.

panache45
09-10-2011, 04:24 PM
http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=14239862



Too funny.

"Safest" is relative . . . especially considering a serious fire in the '70s with multiple fatalities.

I believe the building has been converted to condos.

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