"To provide an exciting environment to explore human sexuality and to acknowledge the freedom to do so."
In 1980, mother-daughter duo Phyllis Heppenstall and Kris Butt began hosting in-home parties and entertainment shows featuring lingerie, lotions, gifts and sexual wellness items. "My foray into this industry began when I read an article about a lady who was doing home parties and I thought it would be enjoyable to do," says Heppenstall.
Within 14 months, the first three Lovers stores were opened and Peekay, Inc. was born. What does Peekay mean? Simple: P is for Phyllis and K is for Kris. "Our unique shopping experience is targeted at women and couples. Our concept is to put every customer at ease and give them a comfortable, safe place to shop," says Heppenstall.
In 2006, Peekay celebrated its 25th anniversary with the extensive remodeling of its flagship store, Amour on the Boulevard. The company also re-branded its Lovers Package stores as simply Lovers, including the flagship store. Over the years, Peekay has expanded into California with the retail brands A Touch of Romance and ConRev. Today Peekay operates 31 retail stores, several websites and a wholesale division.
Phyllis and Kris are strong supporters of local charities and organizations. Phyllis speaks publicly, volunteers and donates financial support to domestic abuse and other women's and children's anti-violence programs. Peekay also supports and contributes to Lifelong AIDS Alliance , Planned Parenthood , WSCFF Burn Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness.
2010 King 5 Best Lingerie of Western Washington
2009 King 5 Best Lingerie of Western Washington
2009 AVN "O" Award for Outstanding Chain
2007 Store Chain of the Year at Storerotica Awards
1995 Nellie Cashman Women Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
1995 Washington State Small Business of the Year Award
1995 Washington Family Business Award
1994 Family Business of the Year Award - Pacific Lutheran University
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