Adult store owner still awaiting word from Charlottetown council

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Taboo Company adult store and smoke shop in Charlottetown, on Euston Street at the corner with Hillsborough St.

The owner of an adult novelty store in Charlottetown says he still hasn’t heard a peep out of the city.

Chaylon Brewster has been waiting to hear the status of his request for a variance all summer.

“It’s business as usual. I’m still waiting for the variance,’’ Brewster told The Guardian.

City council was set to vote on that variance request at its July 14 regular public monthly meeting but the matter was unanimously deferred (Coun. Terry Bernard was absent) at Coun. Mitchell Tweel’s request. He represents the area.

Tweel wanted to hold off so council could hold a committee of the whole meeting, which are almost always held behind closed doors.

That variance deals with a “change of use’’ allowance for the Taboo Company at 211 Euston Street, subject to the signing of a development agreement setting out what Brewster can display in his windows.

The city’s planning board said it couldn’t find any legal reason why the adult store couldn’t operate there but there are people, including Tweel, who don’t agree that it should be allowed to operate near two schools, Prince Street Elementary and Birchwood Intermediate. School crossing guards also operate at the corner right outside the store.

That committee of the whole meeting has not happened yet and it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon, certainly not before council’s next public meeting Monday. That means the variance issue could very well come up for debate and a vote at that Aug. 11 meeting.

Brewster said he has complied with everything the city has asked of him. Shadow boxes block anyone being able to see in his store from outside and a very visible age-restricted 19-and-over only sign is at eye level on the front door.

Brewster says there is nothing in his window displays the average person wouldn’t find at Sobey’s or Shoppers Drug Mart.

“Out of respect I took the massage oil out of the windows. It’s been called a lubricant but it’s not. It’s a massage oil.’’

He noted that there are no tobacco products or sex toys in the window displays.

Brewster wants to improve the exterior of the building and put up vinyl decals with the Taboo logo on it but can’t until he gets the variance.

Brewster is expanding with plans to operate a store in Summerside and one in Bridgewater, N.S.

Organizations: Charlottetown council, The Guardian, Taboo Company Shoppers Drug Mart

Geographic location: Charlottetown, 211 Euston Street, Summerside Bridgewater

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Recent comments

  • Captain Canuck
    August 09, 2014 - 19:41

    19? The age of majority is 18.

  • townie22
    August 09, 2014 - 08:40

    better close down the liquor stores too, you know, kids walking by looking in the windows......

    • don
      August 09, 2014 - 19:14

      i agree with you fully and i would also like to see ALL stores that sells adult books have them in a room where kids can not see them like playboy,playgirl, etc. and with the booze in he display windows and reading that kids 18 years old are driving drunk where is the city and the liberals not finding out who is selling the booze to KIDS who might get drunk and murder a child while driving. where is the old lady that was in the picture not crying about the booze etc.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    August 09, 2014 - 08:27

    It looks to me that the city is hoping that if they can stall long enough the owner will give up and shut down. That way the council won't have to do anything or appear as the bad guy to anyone.

  • Jeff
    August 09, 2014 - 06:28

    Soooooo..... if there is an issue with an "Adult" store which caters to people OVER the age of 19, should there be such a problem with a store that caters to people UNDER the age of, say 12?? If it's a discrimination thing then I guess Toys R Us should be having the same issues? This store is tastefully done from the outside. If it wasn't for all the FREE publicity that 'The Guardian' is giving, then I would think it would be affecting the sales of this enterprise because they cannot display what it is exactly they sell... There is NO issue here and NO reason to continue to publish stories about NOTHING... Business as usual. Good Luck to this shop!

  • Holly Fraser
    August 08, 2014 - 21:18

    So let me get this right. In Charlottetown we are concerned about what children 'might' see in the window of an adult store. Yet, it's okay for anti abortion activists to line our streets with enormous pictures of late term abortions where our children can view them and have, and hand out flyers to children in their homes with the same graphic images, but that's ok? Wow...there are some really screwed up standards on this island.

    • shay
      August 10, 2014 - 13:39

      I agree with Holly 100%

  • Donnie
    August 08, 2014 - 21:10

    So this window display is too disgusting for the people of Charlottetown but the posters of dead fetuses along University Avenue is acceptable?