Teal considers herself extremely lucky to be getting her degree in SexEd, as she is in the process of completing her Masters of Education of Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. While working on a paper for class, Teal stumbled upon Lotus Blooms and was immediately struck by the store’s educational focus and the passion of the staff and owners, and HAD to join the team! Don’t let her serious background with teens and mental health fool you. More often than not, you’ll hear her laugh before you see her bright red hair.
Favorite Product: Bound Collection Rainbow Plugs
Lauren is the Distribution Manager aka the Toy Wrangler for Lotus Blooms. Their background is in Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Sexuality. When they’re not Bloomin’, they are a Relationship and Sexuality Therapist offering kink-aware, research-based therapy. In their “free time”, they volunteer for the Center for Positive Sexuality, write a biology textbook for therapists, learn mechanics, and have intense conversations about sex toys... you know, for fun.
Favorite Product: Bendable Glass
Alyssa is passionate about creating inclusive, safe, and pretty spaces where everyone can be their most authentic selves. Her goal in everything she does is to help people feel comfortable, empowered, and celebrated in their body. By working in the store and as a full-spectrum doula, she hopes to help people see just how cool their body is. Alyssa is a sex educator and manager at Lotus Blooms. If given an option, its a safe bet she'll choose purple or spicy.
Favorite Product: Je Joue Mimi Soft (purple!)
Hancie joined the Lotus Blooms team in September 2016 after looking for a sex positive shop in the DC area. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at American University. In the spring of 2016, she spent the semester in Amsterdam studying international perspectives on gender and sexuality, all while working at feminist-focused shop that tapped into her love for sharing the joys of a healthy sex life. When she isn't at Lotus Blooms, Hancie can be found exploring the museums in DC, seeking out the best new coffee spots, and raving about her favorite lubes.