Sex shop upsets Charlottetown residents

Teresa Wright
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A new adult novelty store in Charlottetown is raising eyebrows and ire among some nearby residents.

Homeowners and residents of the area surrounding the Taboo Company on Euston Street are upset the business has been allowed to open in their neighbourhood, and are registering their complaints with city hall.

Anne MacNiven says her main concern is for the children who live in the area.

The shop sells sex toys, lingerie and paraphernalia such as pipes, hookahs and scales.

It is located between two Charlottetown schools, at an intersection where a crossing guard is posted during school hours.

“There are kids walking back and forth in front of the store, there are kids in carriages that are too young to speak being wheeled by the window,” MacNiven said.

She pointed to two photographs she took of the display in the large storefront windows. The photos show two novelty mugs depicting the children’s characters Spongebob Squarepants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On top of the mugs are bottles of edible massage oils with suggestive photos on the labels. Next to the mugs is a large, black leather whip.

MacNevin says she worries children walking by the store will be attracted by their favourite characters on the mugs, then exposed to adult products.

“The kids have to walk past these windows on their way to school in the morning and then they get exposed to it again in the afternoon, five days a week for the whole school year, if that business stays there.”

Coun. Mitch Tweel, who represents the ward, says he has been inundated with complaints from area residents.

“They are very, very, very upset.”

Tweel said the neighbourhood has been improving over the last few years, with a number of young families buying properties and renovating their homes.

“This kind of development is a total contradiction and flies in the face of all the hard work that has gone into this area.”

The building was one of many corner stores throughout the city grandfathered into the city’s zoning bylaws to allow them to continue to operate as commercial businesses, despite the fact they are located in residential areas.

Each time one of these locations gets a new tenant, a new development agreement is required.

The Taboo Company has applied to Charlottetown city council for a variance to allow it to continue to operate in its current location.

This prompted the flurry of complaints from neighbours and nearby residents.

But business owner Chaylon Brewster was surprised to hear there was so much opposition to his store.

He says he has been working with the city and the province since February to ensure he meets all the proper requirements to operate.

He originally applied to the city to cover the big storefront windows of his store, but this request was denied. He then built shadow boxes that conceal the store’s interior.

There is also a large 19+ sign on the door, located at waist level so no child could see into the shop and would clearly see the shop is not for them.

Earlier this week, a provincial health inspector also visited and inspected the property and gave it approval to sell tobacco.

Brewster’s wife Amy says she understands why people might have concerns, given the nature of their business.

“I know that there has been other locations that have been through similar things,” she said.

“But there’s nothing offensive in our windows and we’re an adults-only store… we’re community people and we want to make sure there’s nobody hurt or offended by this.”

Their variance application will go to the city’s planning board in July.

Planning board chair Coun. Rob Lantz says he too has received complaints from the residents about the business, but will reserve judgment until he has received all the facts.

“The question is, is this use appropriate for the neighbourhood?” he said.

“We have heard very clear, fair, legitimate concerns from the neighbourhood and those will be top of mind when it finally does get to city hall for review.”

twright@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Taboo Company, Charlottetown city council

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Euston Street

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  • Veritas
    June 29, 2014 - 00:13

    There will always be people looking for something to be offended and upset by. Classic cases of psychological displacement. It's unfortunate that some people are so conservative and reserved that they would see this as offensive. Sex is a natural and beautiful thing. Rather than "huff and puff" about such a store, I implore you to take this an opportunity to re-examine your perceptive of sex if this store offends you. It's a shame that people see sex as being vile, sinful, or anything of that nature. It's part of being human and having stores that celebrate such a natural and organic part of being human, which is part of our biological make up. is healthy not detrimental. I exalt the owners for their store and location because it's time we as a society and culture have a more progressive, open and healthy mental outlook towards sex. I've observed that a lot of the comments are defending their offense by raising issues regarding children. First off, it is an adult store. This is of course is because it goes without saying that sex is not for children. But should they be shunned by such topics. Absolutely not. They should be well informed about such things so they make proper decisions regarding sex. This could be an opportunity for people to have such discussions with their children about sex and the truth about it, and not some archaic and antiquated notion of it either. If this store makes you uncomfortable, perhaps it might be advantageous for you to lighten up a bit. Actually I have a perfect solution. Have more sex! It certainly can help alleviate much of the tension your misguided offense (which I find facetious to say the least) is causing. It's actually one of the greatest experiences we get to partake in as human beings. Not to mention it promotes a great variety of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits through its practice. And furthermore, NOW we have the opportunity spice it up with the convenience of a store that can aid in doing so right in our neighbourhood!!! Loosen your breeches people, because there sure are a lot of more noble causes in this world to focus our attention on than harassing this store and its owners. And there sure as hell are an uncountable number of things in this world that could benefit from your energy and offense better than a store that celebrates sexual intercourse. "The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer." -Marcus Aurelius

    • Veritas
      June 29, 2014 - 16:16

      I apologize for grammatical errors. This was written late at night. *perceptive = perspective and any others.

  • Upset with those upset
    June 29, 2014 - 00:12

    This is absolutely ludicrous. Sex shops shouldn't be a problem regardless of where they are, as long as all requirements to have one open are in place (no visible vulgar merchandise, etc.) How about instead of worrying about kids being exposed to sex (which, by the way, is unpreventable in this day and age) how about you try talking to your children for once, and explaining to them what sex is, and how to properly protect themselves? At some point, you've gotta realize kids know more than you think they do, and it's better to educate them than to keep them in the dark. This Ann woman is just some old bat that's so stuck in her ways she can't see that times have changed, and we have to as well.

  • CathiBelle
    June 28, 2014 - 22:35

    This is just another case of 'not in my backyard'. As the windows were not allowed to be covered, then I'm sure tasteful displays could be used. But where do people expect these stores to go, so that children never see them? And why should they be hidden away like there is something wrong with them at all? This is a good parenting opportunity; a chance to talk to our kids at their level.

  • Bill  Kays
    Bill Kays
    June 28, 2014 - 18:15

    I recently visited the store and I have to say their selection is pretty good, you can get anything you really want.. while I was there I picked up a new hookah for my kids as well as some other things for myself *wink wink*

  • Joe Blow
    June 28, 2014 - 17:53

    I'd be more concerned with the amount of crackheads running around that neighborhood than an adult store selling sex toys. God people are foolish and need to stop being so petty. If you don't like sex toys, turn a blind eye towards it and shut up. Nobody is forcing people into the store.

  • reality
    June 28, 2014 - 15:20

    it is a sad commentary on our society that most posters here don't seem to see the problem !!!! i see the problem !!!!!someday i hope you will too! it would be interesting to know where these personal and community values, principles, attitudes,opinions, morals and beliefs were formed !! Were they taught ????? i believe the parent is the primary educator

  • joe
    June 28, 2014 - 13:59

    Lol r u kidding me people just like to complain they have no life is all its just a store

  • ExPrinceStreetLocal
    June 28, 2014 - 13:50

    Since when is this area "improved"? I used to live there until every second slum apartment was a drug dealer. I think there should be more concern for the syringes on the sidewalk, thanks.

  • brenda
    June 28, 2014 - 10:49

    I'd say old Ann MacNevin needs to find something better to do with her time. Like who the heck goes and posts in front of a sex store looking like a creeper lol. If people are worried about this area, maybe pick up some paint and supplies and clean up some of the appearances of some of these rundown homes and businesses surrounding this sex store. Maybe pick up some garbage too.

  • Stephen
    June 28, 2014 - 07:23

    This is stupid. Sure I understand parents dont want their kids around this stuff at a young age, but what happens when they get older, you cant control them. Its bound to happen at somepoint where kids are gunna see this stuff whether you like it or not. Its just another stupid topic for people to argue about. Theres much worse things going on in this city then a sex shop opening by some schools. In my opinion: Its a waste of time.

  • graipyy
    June 28, 2014 - 00:04

    by 4th grade schools are teaching kids about safe sex becuz 10 n 12 yr olds are having sex. as a dad of 6. it is up to the parents to explain to kids what it is.n just that but also so they understand that its a place for adults. it wont harm kids from knowing wat it is. the jr high and elementary kids in that area will giggle at it and just talk about whats inside. some of the comments on here are so absurd if a psychologist were to read this. im sure some people would be in the aslyum the next day. we were all kids once. the first time u heard the word dildo. tell me u didnt laugh ur ass off and ask what it was.

  • will macdonald
    June 27, 2014 - 20:35

    they will just have to do what they did in montaque with the liquior store its on the outskirts of town because no on drinks in montaque

  • gloria
    June 27, 2014 - 20:29

    Reading the average sentiment here is amazing, -unbelievable how low a level some part of our Charlottetown society has sunk to. It must be the failed education system that is showing its ugly head as seen in the ignorance expressed in most of these blogs.

    • Exactly
      June 28, 2014 - 08:23

      Exactly. How low and uneducated are these people who think a store like this will harm children. Talk about backwoods.

  • Embarrassed islander
    June 27, 2014 - 19:34

    HA... HA.... BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  • Michelle
    June 27, 2014 - 18:41

    In a place small like PEI, it is hard to not get rather conservative views, especially from the older people with children, who usually like PEI for the sole fact that they can raise their children in a sheltered environment. As a woman who grew up here, with parents who found things like this, no big deal, seeing as one or two adult novelty stores in a province is obviously way better than any place you could imagine living in Canada or other counties for that matter - I will assure you, I am not 'tainted' or 'ruined'. If anything, making a huge stink, posing in front of the store with menacing disapproval, and demanding a store move to a locality that best fits your more sheltered views, will literally PUSH and compel your children to look into what all the fuss is about- and if you think your children walking by a store with mildly adult things and you needing to explain in a manner that best fits their age is hard, just wait until you're sheltered views and opinions push them into the arms of someone not afraid to tell them the truth. Seeing something does not simply 'turn a switch' and make you want it- I've seen plenty of Taco Bells and never walked inside. SpongeBob toys or not.

  • I don't see the problem...
    June 27, 2014 - 18:13

    Seriously, ridiculous, people are so uptight!! It's not like it's the first sex shop to open in Charlottetown. It's no different than Wild Impulse and you see a lot more in their windows than in this new store! Kids aren't going to be drawn in by the sponge bob mug because they are not allowed in if they are under 19. People need to lighten up and worry about real issues in the world.

  • Shauna Manning
    June 27, 2014 - 18:11

    I think this is being blown way out of proportion. If the city had allowed the business to put dark decals/film on the windows they wouldn't be having this problem. Children walk past Wild Impulse everyday and no one seems to care. Sexuality is perfectly normal and not something people should be ashamed of. The owners went through all the proper paperwork to open their business and tried to provide a solution but the city said no. Why not focus on why the city wont let them put darkened decals in the window to prevent children from seeing in. There is a child care facility in the same strip as Wild Impulse but no one bats an eye.

  • Emma Rockett
    June 27, 2014 - 18:01

    Definitely gives an impression of cheapening the neighbourhood, which is unfortunate seeing as it's getting nicer in other ways, as mentioned about the renovations and type of residents. ..Luckily whatever goes in this location seems to fail within a year anyway. The turn over of what's in there is constant. ...I'm sure it was a nice location for a convenience store before, but the Petro Can would have taken the business away.

  • Pervert
    June 27, 2014 - 17:43

    What kind of a pervert walks into a sex shop and take pictures of the merchandise?

  • Randy
    June 27, 2014 - 17:06

    Wish they would publish these entertaining comments in the guardian, I might actually buy a copy now and then.

  • LOL
    June 27, 2014 - 16:33

    Um... am I the only one who has ever passed through this area? There seems to be some talk about how people are trying to improve the image of this neighbourhood... "This" neighbourhood obviously doesn't include the area that shares the sidewalk with this store on Euston Street... I think this business is a welcome distraction to what shady activities and goings on that occur just a few steps away... I drove past this area just today and saw some young fella screaming and motioning to hit some girl... Maybe the store front needs to be a little more attention grabbing to help with the improvement of this area... Nothing wrong with this establishment, just the close-minded, board individuals complaining about it.

  • opinion
    June 27, 2014 - 16:10

    If it is like San Franciso store..........it would be fine. Theres a store in New Annan suppose to be a sex shop. It really is not as bad as some would imagine. And for adults. If it crosses the legal line then do not allow it or shut it down.

  • OMG
    June 27, 2014 - 15:54

    I was in there the store its not bad at all they done a lot of work to that building grow up its 2014.

  • Ted Hempwick
    June 27, 2014 - 15:24

    Headline should read: Local Woman finds Sex Shop display too vulgar for kids, doesn't realize TV or the internet exist.

  • Concerned Parent
    June 27, 2014 - 14:42

    This is completely unacceptable. What if my child sees the store and starts asking questions? I don't want to have a meaningful conversation with my child, it will be too awkward. Sex is disgusting and completely unnatural, it's best to repress this sort of thing and let them figure it out when they're teenagers.

    • Former Island Son
      June 27, 2014 - 16:40

      better keep em away from WALMART also they might see a pair of panties and bra ..

    • Nick
      June 27, 2014 - 18:32

      Love the comment! Funny AND sarcastic!

  • Really people
    June 27, 2014 - 13:46

    Who cares it's a stores no differnt than wild implulse. Don't be a shamed it's only sex. Maybe if we teach the kids a little bit about sex they won't be comming home at sixteen with baby's. Grow up people. It is 2014

  • T
    June 27, 2014 - 13:14

    Simple solution.. The owners of the store sound like they are willing to come to an agreement and/or compromise with the community.. So why not just have the store display less offensive items in the window , as well as not having childhood cartoons displayed in the window so kids are not (or are less) attracted to the store. 19+ displayed on the door so kids can't go inside anyways and adults still have the opportunity to shop for them when they go inside. Do it that way and it is fair. No one is offended, the kids aren't exposed to anything & the shop can stay!

    • gregm
      June 27, 2014 - 15:01

      I'm in there almost daily to get smokes and they don't have anything offensive in the windows and never have. I assume that is why that mug was there because it was apart of the tamer stuff that they had in the store. I was by today and the mug taken out of the window too. I overheard the girl working saying to someone that they never had any complaints at all and if someone simply called them they would have taken it out of the window days ago. so weird how islands can be... especially when it seems like these guys are doing the legal things they should be doing.

  • Bill
    June 27, 2014 - 13:11

    Well PEI wants to be big like the other major cities so with that comes the bad with the good. We can't have our cake and eat it too. We lost our sweet charm years ago when most pushed for all amenities of big cities. So no need to start complaining now as our councillors and politicians do what they want anyway. JMO

  • Anon
    June 27, 2014 - 13:04

    This is rather amusing more so than it is a concern lol Man people must be some bored.

  • Non-sense
    June 27, 2014 - 12:16

    I honestly believe the parents are just insecure of their abilities to raise their own children. Of course they will wonder, ask questions, but in the end its up to the parents to fall through and educate them about it. How will they be cut out for life in the real world if they cant reside in a neighborhood with a sex shop.

    • Realistic
      June 27, 2014 - 15:03

      I was going to write a drawn out reply, but you pretty much summed it up.

  • don
    June 27, 2014 - 12:14

    Coun. Mitch Tweel are you saying they are “They are very, very, very upset.” are you sure they are very upset? where else can you put the place? and how many of these so called upset people are the stores best customers?

  • Wasteof Time
    June 27, 2014 - 11:33

    For how poor PEI is and the amount of transfer payments they receive each year, would love to see a politician stand up and acknowledge the money they are bringing the province.

  • Concerned
    June 27, 2014 - 11:30

    I don't have a problem with the shop or the location, but the picture on the massage oil bottles sitting on a SpongeBob mug.....kids are going to look at that. Take that out of the window!

    • gregm
      June 27, 2014 - 15:03

      I'm in there almost daily to get smokes and they don't have anything offensive in the windows and never have. I assume that is why that mug was there because it was apart of the tamer stuff that they had in the store. I was by today and the mug taken out of the window too. I overheard the girl working saying to someone that they never had any complaints at all and if someone simply called them they would have taken it out of the window days ago. so weird how islands can be... especially when it seems like these guys are doing the legal things they should be doing.

  • Melissa
    June 27, 2014 - 11:24

    It's a sex shop, get over it! Move to any other big city and this is tame compared to what you will see there. I moved away from PEI 7 years ago and have lived in 2 major capital cities, one in Canada and one in Europe and this is nothing compared to some of the shops I have seen.

  • really
    June 27, 2014 - 11:06

    really....come on!!! Do you not think kids don't see the big pot leaf on wild impulse's sign when they are pulling into superstore or things in there window when parents are taking there kid for a haircut next door. If a bottle of lube is the big problem should we stop taking our kids to shopper drug mart they sell lube and condoms ever viberating rings for men to help pleasure females. This should be the least of Charlottetowns worries in this area. What about the people roaming around the area, bumming money or mugging people to go buy drugs like crack or pills. What about the drug dealer that are trying to selling drug at jr. high and high schools students in charlottetown. The funniest part of Mrs. macnivan's complaint is not even 10 years ago afternoon delight was open not even two blocks from taboo with the same kinda window displays. Why was it not a problem then? Get a life and maybe an eye appointment!!!

    • Mange
      June 27, 2014 - 17:30

      In regards to the eye appointment; They wouldn't be able to go to Boyle's Optical... They are right beside Wild Impulse as well....

    • Ann MacNiven
      June 29, 2014 - 14:03

      Why not in that place? The main crosswalk for children from 6 to 14 is right in front of the door to this shop. The website for the merchandise in the store is clearing displayed on the door. If you go to the website it asks only that you enter an age to get into the merchandise display. How long would it take a young child to figure out that they have to enter a number higher than 19 to be able to see online everything that is in that store. You have to crawl before you walk, you have to walk before you run and 6 to 14 is too young to be running into sex and the consequences.

  • How it is...
    June 27, 2014 - 10:51

    Since when has this neighborhood been getting cleaned up? The area around Ken's Corner is a mess and noticeably worse than a few years ago contrary to the article. I've seen used needles and used condoms all over the sidewalks, there's an overwhelming smell of pot coming from open kitchen windows, it's a dump plain and simple.

    • Oh No
      June 27, 2014 - 13:17

      Oh no. Not pot!! I wouldn't say the area is Beverly Hills by any means, but I've seen used needles on the streets in Upton Park, in the woods in Victoria Park, on the beach in Stanhope, and in other places where supposed "higher" society live. I grew up with friends who are doctor's and lawyer's kids and they did more drugs than the friends I had who grew up in the inner city, like this area. This area has a bad rap, but remember there is something sinister lurking on every street....no matter what area you live in.

  • John
    June 27, 2014 - 10:44

    Fantastic publicity for a start-up business!

  • Free Publicity
    June 27, 2014 - 10:41

    Attract more attention and get more people to stop by instead of ignoring it and letting it close on its own as it is an awful location for any business. Just look how many have been there in the last few years. Besides not much difference between pawn and porn so Chalyon covers all the vices. Maybe this was arranged for a fee who knows.

  • Beverlea Boone
    June 27, 2014 - 10:37

    This neighborhood has bigger issues people should be concerned about like the homeless... And many more serious problems other then this business which clearly done all the foot work since feb 2014 to open .....I live down the street and walk by it every day.... There is nothing demeaning about the window displays nor do I feel it's a threat to our children... Just another business owner trying to make a living! Shops in the malls display more revealing lingerie .... Which in fact parents take their children to shop at target.... Give me a break.... If the store is opened then they had to have done all that was required to do so....I feel this business is very respectful to how they have designed their advertising with respect for the public.... But some people will always cause an issue no matter what... Sounds like Taboo is needed for some people whether they' know it or not!

  • 15 MINUTES
    June 27, 2014 - 10:12

    Anyone who does 'see' something suggestive in the display is obviously mature enough to know what it can be used for, right? Our t.v.s and computers now have more obviously sexual displays on them than this store window. So Squarebob and TMNT will draw the gaze of a 3 to 10 year old - if that age range knows what massage oil and whips are for then there's something wrong with their home life. O OH btw would you take photo number 2 out of the display, that simpering coyness in her face just doesn't really appeal.

  • Me Too
    June 27, 2014 - 09:53

    People have put a lot of effort into cleaning up their neighborhood and making it livable, only to have some tacky store forced on them. I sympathize. Why bother making the effort in this town? You'll only get criticized, and Lantz will sell you out to the highest bidder anyway.

  • Marc
    June 27, 2014 - 09:47

    Ahaha, seriously? I can't believe people are actually making a fuss over this. I live just down the street from the shop, and I find it hilarious that people are apparently freaking out over this. I mean, come on now. Kids can't get into the shop itself, and there's nothing graphic in the window display. The worst that can possibly happen is that at parent may have to answer an awkward question. We're not in the Victorian age of prudishness anymore, so can we please grow up? Also, on a side note, let's all appreciate just how much free advertising the shop is getting out of this. I had no interest in going there, but now I want to just to see what the fuss is about. And maybe get one of those Mario keychains.

  • Den
    June 27, 2014 - 09:42

    Have you seen some of the wildlife that walks down that street? Maybe folks ought to be concerned more about that than a sex store.

  • Indigo
    June 27, 2014 - 09:26

    People that have closed-minds, more time on their hands then they know what to do with, i have been into this store a lot since they have opened, and when i read the paper this morning regarding what they sold..i think they forgot to mention what else is being sold in the Taboo store, such as t-shirts, posters, really unique belt buckles, i purchase my lottery from there as well as tobacco products. As far as the window goes, i would like to also pipe up and agree with 'Typical Islander' in his defending statement of "These are all accessible at the dollar store" as well as other stores in various locations that are franchises in Charlottetown let alone the WORLD in general. What about other retailers that sell little bullets for pleasure and condoms along with lubricants...RIGHT IN THE BABY SECTION...and that's publically acceptable?...apparently so!

  • Katariina
    June 27, 2014 - 09:26

    I'm a full supporter of local business, I have no problem with a sex/smoke shop, the more the merrier. What I do have a problem with is it being in a residential area. The area is struggling to better itself but is still struggling with drugs and break-ins in the area. This won't help property values in the least. So to all those pointing fingers at area residants for being opposed to the store, you'd be singing a different tune if it was next to your house and it was your kids walking by. This doesn't make me a prude or living in the dark ages. I just want my kids growing up in the residential area I thought I was moving in to, and to maintain my property value so that I can at least sell my house if I decided. Would you buy a family home next to this store? I very much doubt it, so spare me your judgemental opinions of the families in the area.

    • BSMITH
      June 27, 2014 - 13:37

      How about all the people who are saying it is not a big deal let the sex shop move into your neighbourhood, better yet, next door to you. Then I dare say a different tune would be sung!

    • Nope
      June 28, 2014 - 08:37

      No bsmith. My tune would not change. Of course there would be just as many religious nuts and pretend puritans whining about it in this community too. People who prefer to bury their heads in the sand and live in their fantasy world of times past.

  • Realist
    June 27, 2014 - 09:24

    It will be a moot point soon anyway... this shop will be gone in about two months.... just like every single business that operated out of that building. There simply are not enough customers to keep a place like that going especially since Charlottetown already have a company that sells similar products.

    • greg
      June 27, 2014 - 15:09

      Yes but everyone is pretty tired of that store. Bad talk don't sit well with locals. If we only have room for one of these stores my money is on the new one.

    • w kennedy
      July 05, 2014 - 17:47

      Can't imagine how they make a profit? Open on Sunday as well with two females workers rent and other over head??? Suppose with job market they can not turn down even this. Sleazy for PEI tourist image.

  • Katariina
    June 27, 2014 - 09:18

    I'm a full supporter of local business, I have no problem with a sex/smoke shop, the more the merrier. What I do have a problem with is it being in a residential area. The area is struggling to better itself but is still struggling with drugs and break-ins in the area. This won't help property values in the least. So to all those pointing fingers at area residants for being opposed to the store, you'd be singing a different tune if it was next to your house and it was your kids walking by. This doesn't make me a prude or living in the dark ages. I just want my kids growing up in the residential area I thought I was moving in to, and to maintain my property value so that I can at least sell my house if I decided. Would you buy a family home next to this store? I very much doubt it, so spare me your judgemental opinions of the families in the area.

  • Arnold
    June 27, 2014 - 09:09

    Glad to see there are businesses opening and creating jobs and revenue I wish them nothing but success and hope that this story gets them a ton of free publicity ...Bravo to you and welcome to the neighborhood

  • Me
    June 27, 2014 - 08:58

    Seriously people!!!???? There are bigger issues in our province than a sex store.....that doesn't have offensive things in the window. The lady herself is no saint I'm sure!

  • townie22
    June 27, 2014 - 08:57

    really, i see nothing offensive about it, get with the times, whether you want to admit it or not, we've been having sex since the dawn of time. can't wait to see the reaction when the first strip club tries to open here someday.

  • Zoe
    June 27, 2014 - 08:54

    That's crazy to me. How is this a problem?? Like meanwhile, Jason Derulo's new song Wiggle is on the radio and has my 3 and 6 year old going around singing "patty cake patty cake with no hands" all day lol welcome to life

  • Ajo
    June 27, 2014 - 08:47

    I don't see the problem with the store, they don't allow kids in there anyway. The only thing that I do think should be done is to take the Spongebob, Mario and Ninja Turtles out of the display window. Those are a little unnecessary.

  • Quiet Observer
    June 27, 2014 - 08:37

    Really? I mean, really? Let's not worry about the crack house around the corner or the drug dealers operating out of apartments just down the street. No, let's worry about this. And inundated with complaints? What was that, 3? 4? 2? Like Rice getting inundated with complaints about the music on Richmond Street last year. Turns out 2 complaints killed a whole festival series. Rediculous.

  • carol
    June 27, 2014 - 08:30

    What next? Kids aren't allowed in, so what's the problem?

  • future
    June 27, 2014 - 08:22

    This is appauling that the neighborhoods residents believe that they have the right to determine what shop's are deemed o.k. furthermore it is equally appauling that counsel believes it can control it also..they are paying for the lot they are using which in turn is bringing legitimate income and business to the area...this ridiculous story should not have made newspapers..it will only cause controversy over peoples moral beliefs..the business is well within their right's to operate...because some elders know what a whip is for..doesn't mean a child would ..and yes I have two children aged ten and thirteen...grow up pei...

  • Wonder
    June 27, 2014 - 07:47

    why cant this shop b like afternoon delight prretty sure all u seen was name

  • bernard
    June 27, 2014 - 07:45

    And its things like this that keep Prince Edward Island in the stone age of life. They are to set in old ways, there has always been some kind of business that people don't like. And yet when someone doesn't like it the whole bang wagon gets going and its absolutely ridiculous. Better things for mla's and residents to be fighting for.

  • Really...?
    June 27, 2014 - 07:35

    Yes. Let's oppose a business creating jobs and revenue who has taken all the precautions to keep the youth out-- but let's let them watch their idols on TV flaunt in barely there clothing, and flounce around suggestively. Makes sense. While we're at it- might as well close down the bars so close by to prevent curiosity and potential underage drinking, right? Because it's such a wholesome area where children must be sheltered from the wicked ways of the world. Won't somebody please think of the children! The backwards and behind the times attitude, ignorance, blindness and overall stupidity of this island will never cease to amaze me. There's nothing wrong with this shop's location. Just the people with nothing better to do that create unnecessary and ridiculous dramatics.

    • Denise
      June 27, 2014 - 09:18

      Couldn't agree more!!!

    • Indigo
      June 27, 2014 - 10:55

      So many valid points in this paragraph!

  • Mmmmmk
    June 27, 2014 - 07:29

    Coming from living in Ontario where there was sex stores on every other corner, I really don't see the issue of the opening of another one of these kind of shops. It it's what's being displayed in the windows maybe have them tone it down a notch, but they should be entitled to display within reason what they want as Wild Impulse does as they please, they really shouldn't be held to any other regulation.

  • disgusted
    June 27, 2014 - 06:50

    Ok so you mean to tell me this company would have had to get a permit to operate yet not one city official took the time to check this place out.What has our fair city become ? we had better all be paying close attention what goes on in this town because obviously our city officials are not!!!

    • Fact check
      June 27, 2014 - 12:23

      You don't need a permit to operate a business. You need a permit to build things or to do something that's not otherwise allowed. Looks like these folks are using the old “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission” approach.

    • To disgusted
      June 27, 2014 - 13:08

      If our city officials have to worry about silly things like this then I think they need some more work to do. I have 3 kids and I wouldn't be one bit worried about walking by this store with them. If they asked me what that store is I would tell them it is for adults only and inform them that they sell adult material and they don't have to know anymore than that. There is nothing visibly offensive to children's eyes from the outside, and children are not allowed inside. The problem is not these places it's the parents who can't talk to their kids about anything. I'm not saying you have to tell them the exact products this place sells, but for God's sake at least explain to them that there are things out there that are for adults only and that's that.

  • Typical islander
    June 27, 2014 - 06:42

    When will this town join the rest of the world? There are whips and massage oil in the window? These are all accessible at the dollar store... Walk down barrington in Halifax and there are sex shops with nothing covering their windows and doors open... Sounds like a couple little napoleons and someone grinding an axe to me.

  • sharon
    June 27, 2014 - 06:05

    Is this really front page news? I drove by there yesterday and there was nothing offensive in the windows and I wasn't able to see into the store at all. It seems pretty discrete and private.

  • queen victoria
    June 27, 2014 - 06:05

    Here ye, here ye... You shall not have sex nor enjoy it, nor patronize any business that profits on this.

    • taz
      June 27, 2014 - 12:40

      thank for the head's up, I never knew it was there. people should keep up with the times, even driving down Mountain rd . in Moncton they save sex shop's with purple ? neon lights, you couldn't miss them if you tried. I think if they cover the windows or put less offensive items in the window that would fix that problem. what's more dangerous, seeing something in the window or kids playing with needles or used condoms, seam's like a no brainer.

  • voter
    June 27, 2014 - 05:56

    WHY DIDN'T THE LANDLORD ACT RESPONSIBLY?

    • They did.
      June 27, 2014 - 09:49

      The landlord did act responsibly. They rented the space to a legal business. Period. The sad little bible thumpers and pretend puritans in Charlottetown will just have to suck it up and avert their eyes when they walk past. More likely though these same self righteous hypocrites will be the biggest customers of this place.

    • voter
      June 27, 2014 - 12:01

      all i meant was he should have at least talked to the neighbours as any good neighbour would do when introducig something new to a residential area!!!i bet the landlord won't darken the door of the business !!

    • AngelaM
      June 27, 2014 - 13:44

      So every landlord should consult with the neighbors just in case they possibly could be offended? We would no longer have any new businesses going up at all.