Adam & Eve was founded in 1970 by Phil Harvey and Dr. Timothy Black. What started out in a small storefront in Chapel Hill, North Carolina soon grew to become one of the largest mail-order catalog selling contraceptives through non-medical channels. Interestingly, as graduate students at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Heath, the eventual founders started a non-profit organization and used profits from selling condoms in the mail, as a way to finance family-planning programs in developing countries.
Harvey began focusing more time on running Adam & Eve, but was also able to launch DKT International an organization that promotes family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The company continued to use profits from Adam & Eve to support the program and make a considerable impact on targeting high-risk groups.
Since its beginnings, Adam & Eve strived to ensure that it sold only the highest quality products and has successfully raised the standards in the American adult themed industry. The natural progression for the company was to begin to open retail locations throughout the United States. Today, Adam & Stores provide an upscale specialty boutique that has served discerning couples, men and women for the past decade with locations in communities in 18 states and Canada.