More than 1,000 people sign online petition supporting sex shop

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 29, 2014

Amy Brewster is co-owner of Taboo Company adult and smoke shop on the corner of Euston and Hillsborough streets. She is appealing a decision Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 by city council that denied a zoning variance required to operate the business at that location.

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A day after an adult novelty store lost its bid to operate in a residential neighbourhood, more than 1,000 people have signed an online petition supporting the business.

Amy Brewster, one of the store’s owners, said the petition was concrete proof of how much support they have.

“I think it’s amazing,” she said.

On Wednesday, Charlottetown city council voted 7-3 to deny a variance Taboo Company needed to operate at its location on Euston Street.

The owners didn’t know they needed a variance until after the business was already open because no one from the city told them it was necessary until it was too late.

Other businesses have operated in the same location and required the same variance, although some were there without getting the proper approval.

The owners are appealing council’s decision and started the online petition Wednesday at Change.org.

It’s not the first petition the owners started.

Brewster said they had one in the store instead of online prior to the council vote because it meant people would have to go inside where they would see the business first hand.

For the electronic petition, the owners wrote that if Taboo Company was a “bible book store,” flower shop or just a tobacco shop there wouldn’t be any issues.

The petition asks council to reverse its decision.

Webster said she hoped the petition would show council that the majority of Islanders support the business.

If Taboo Company chooses to move it should be the owners’ decision, she said.

“Not something that we’re bullied into by the city when there’s no reason to do so.”

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