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Sex Shop Not Going Anywhere

By Alicia Dorr in News on Jun 19, 2006 5:36PM

If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Lincoln and Newport, you may have noticed a new store in the ‘hood. The store-chicago.jpgstore provides some things that were previously lacking in the area, like candles and novelty gifts and erotic toys.

It is the latter that has some residents in the area in a tizzy. The Pleasure Chest recently moved from Broadway and Belmont to 3436 N. Lincoln and has been causing some waves. So many waves, in fact, around 100 people came to a neighborhood meeting to discuss the problem Thursday.

Many of the neighbors complained about the store’s proximity to a church and a school – and perhaps the fact that some of the “candles” are shaped like “dildos.” Or maybe not, but either way, some defenders of the store pointed out that people can either go to the store and shop or not.

It doesn’t seem to matter either way, of course, because the store’s owner met all of the requirements and zoning in the area doesn’t prohibit businesses that sell sex stuff. The alderman, Ted Matlak (not Matlock), just said that the store is completely legitimate, and it’s not going anywhere. For her part, the manager thinks that the neighborhood will warm to the store, and it will fit in “just fine.” And, once they do and it does, they can come there and find other things that are warm and fit fine. Yep.

Image via The Pleasure Chest.