Driving around this area, it’s impossible to miss the fact that there are a lot of these around:
There is also, however, a healthy amount of adult stores in the sexy south:
(“ALL SALES ARE FINAL”, so don’t even THINK about changing your mind about that butt plug and bringing it back).
And they are not exactly discreet little hole-in-the-wall shops that you could sneak into. They are very enthusiastic in their advertising.
(50% is an impressive discount! Nothing to be sneezed at!)
I met up with some friends recently and was told by one of them who had lived in the area for a few years that the Adult Video Superstore above inspired the ire of some locals, and that a few years ago the business was forced (by an ordinance in place at some point) to put a tarp over part of their business name on the sign to obscure it from view of the good, decent, non-sexy stuff liking locals. Not the whole business name, mind you.
Just the word…..”Adult”
I can understand why.
I mean, it’s not like if your kid asks why it’s an “adult” video store as opposed to just a video store, you could tell them that it doesn’t sell any kids movies (true), or that it sells movies that adults find interesting (true, with the added bonus that they might think those movies are tedious documentaries and lose interest in asking more questions), or that the movies that it sells are higher than a PG rating (also bloody true)…. No, there is no way you could get out of corrupting your child’s young and innocent mind by telling a truth or half-truth that would satisfy their curiosity until they are old enough to understand the true nature of the store. So cover the sign!
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I remember finding the giant cross in front of the giant adult store hilarious. It is like two worlds fighting it out symbolically.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the adult store owners just see it as a big boon for their business. A giant landmark to let everyone know where to go if they want to have a naughty weekend.
I bet the people complaining loudest also have loyalty cards at the store.
Wouldn’t shock me!
If you ever find yourself driving through Nashville I hope you’ll notice there’s a Hustler Store on Church Street.
It doesn’t advertise itself as an “adult” store so it shouldn’t prompt questions from the wee ones although if you pass by at the right angle you can see “Relax…it’s just sex” painted on an inside wall.
Ironically though I think more people are upset by the Musica sculpture a few blocks over on Music Row: it shows six classical figures engaged in dance, but some people get upset because they’re nudes.
I am planning to visit Nashville for an overnight stay before I go back to Australia, so I will keep an eye out for that store. And the scandalous nude figures dancing! I haven’t had any awkward questions from my kids yet about such signs – they can’t read yet, and are much more excited about the Chick-fil-ee signs with the cows.