A display in the Taboo Company shop in Charlottetown
©Taboo Company Facebook image
SUMMERSIDE — An adult novelty and smoke shop that stirred controversy in the capital city, prompting some to call for its closure, is setting up shop in Summerside.
Taboo Company, on its website, indicated earlier this year it would be locating to the western city.
Owner Chaylon Brewster confirmed Thursday that a Summerside location is coming, adding the opening date and location are not yet determined.
“We are hoping to be open before the end of the year but we don’t have a location picked out yet,” Brewster said in a telephone interview from his Charlottetown store. “It’s another market on Prince Edward Island. It’s the second biggest market.”
Summerside’s lone adult novelty store, in operation at its location on the All Weather Highway for more than 13 years, closed earlier this summer.
The Summerside Taboo Company location will be Brewster’s second store. He also has plans for a third in Nova Scotia.
The Charlottetown store, open less than two months, is a full-featured adult novelty store and smoke shop that sells sex toys, lingerie and paraphernalia such as pipes, hookahs and scales.
Its opening prompted a public outcry, with those opposed upset with close proximity to schools and homes.
The issue went to council, and the city’s planning board found no legal reason to ban the sex shop. The board, which recommended that council accept a development agreement application from the business, did indicate it would control what children could see in the shop windows.
Brewster said the controversy in the capital didn’t have any bearing on his decision to open a Summerside location.
He doesn’t think there will be any resistance to the store.
“Summerside is very good to small business,” added Brewster. “We definitely don’t think we are going to run into the same sort of issues there, especially that there has been an adult novelty store there in the past.”
Open since June 4 in Charlottetown, business has been great, he added. Six people are employed at that location.
In Summerside, he hopes to find an adequate space downtown to house the store, somewhere easily accessible for customers, and to employ four to six people.