639 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey (831) 646-8329,

Remember how back in the ’80s, downtown was all scuzzy and packed with peep shows, hookers and dope peddlers? Yeah, we can’t either. In some ways, though, things have changed a lot. Today a spacious, clean, well-lit store on a prime retail shopping street seems like a good start if you want to be the best place to buy a specialty item. Add to the mix a deep inventory of sex toys and pleasure-enhancers that range from utilitarian to kinky, all fronted by a knowledgeable and non-judgy staff, and you’ve got yourself the best place to buy adult novelties.