365 New Orleans: Dynamo Toys


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Dynamo Toys owners Hope Kodman and Nico Darling met while working retail in New Orleans. They wanted New Orleans to have the very best sex life it possibly could and started their venture as just a website and pop-up store. As things grew, they knew the next move was opening up a local shop. With a perfect spot on St. Claude in the 7th Ward available, Hope & Nico scooped it up and started serving New Orleanians directly.

Dynamo Toys wanted to offer a space where people could feel comfortable talking about sex. Hope & Nico are welcoming and not judgemental. They are creating an environment that is shame-free and educational.

Want more reasons to love Dynamo Toys? They sell goods made by local artisans as well. They have local ropes, leathers, and other accessories.

Having a bachelorette party? Or any kind of party you want to spice up? Dynamo offers private events and will travel to you. 


1. Tell me about Dynamo Toys. 

 We are a romantic boutique. A health & education-based sex toy store. 


2. How long have you been in business? 

Our website and pop-up store have been around since 2013  but we became a brick and mortar in November of 2017.


3. How do people find you online? 

dynamotoys.com (where you can sign up for the newsletter about educational events and workshops), Facebook, and Instagram @dynamonola


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

The sex toy industry is unregulated. There are materials used in sex toys that are deemed unsafe for children’s toys. Why would we want that on our, or in, our bodies? We curate items that won’t harm your body. You want to purchase toys that are made of the same material that kitchen and medical supplies are made of too – like stainless steel or silicone. We don’t sell any lubes with glycerin or sugar in them either.

Also, we present at the university level. We have gone to talk to Tulane freshmen, medical students, and the department of health.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

We want to be a place that people can have honest conversations about sex. This shouldn’t be shameful.

Dynamo has monthly workshops on different topics from kink to relationships to different types of sex.

Our most popular item is The Magic Wand. (You may remember it from Sex And The City).


Find Dynamo Toys at 2001 St. Claude, open 6 days a week. 


Learn more about New Orleans neighborhood, the 7th Ward. 


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