Episode Summary: Travis Sigley is the founder of Cuddle Therapy. If you are in need of some cuddling and willing to pay a fee, this is the service for you. The idea for a professional cuddling service came to Travis when he was a stripper in the City. He noticed that most people were not in the club for sexual reasons, but because they were seeking intimacy, touch, and someone to chat with. So Travis started Cuddle Therapy to offer his clients physical touch in a safe, loving, and trusting environment. If Travis could cuddle with anyone in San Francisco, who would it be? He tells me on the show. Travis had plenty of other interesting stories up his sleeve. About two weeks ago, he started wearing shirts for the first time in 8 years and had a topless tea party to celebrate the occasion. The shirtless era led to plenty of awkward moments. Travis tells me about spending a winter in Paris and trying to get through airport security without a shirt. We recorded our conversation at the Tea Oasis, which is a tea house that Travis just opened up in the Lower Haight.
Neighborhood & Favorite Spots: Travis lives in the Lower Haight and loves the neighborhood feel of the space. It’s centrally located and one of the flatter parts of the city which makes it very walkable. It’s on the right side of the fog line so it’s typically sunny. The people who live there are interesting and very open on the streets. Travis likes hanging out in Duboce Park and teaches acrobatic yoga there. He also likes Alamo Square as long as it’s not too windy. In the neighborhood, Travis likes to eat at Little Chihuahua on Divisadero. Gracias Madre is one of his favorite restaurants in the City. The culture of the space is really open, fun, and interesting. It has a lot of local, organic food that tastes amazing. Travis said he always walks out of the restaurant with a buzz because the food is so nourishing and delicious. He also enjoys Assab Eritrean for good Ethiopian food. Despite all the amazing restaurants, Travis most enjoys eating in San Francisco homes with friends. He loves to pick up groceries at Rainbow Grocery and cook for people.
If you had to move away, how would you spend your last day in San Francisco? Travis would invite everyone he knows to Baker Beach and lay out naked. He would soak up the sun and then jump in the ocean. Every time he goes to Baker Beach, it’s such a good day. After the beach, he would gather all his friends into a large space and have music, dancing, a giant cuddle space, and drink tea. The night would be one last hurrah of San Francisco.
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