Adult store owner still awaiting word from Charlottetown council

Dave Stewart
Published on August 8, 2014

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.