Area Planning Commission finds new adult store in compliance

Adult novelty store sparked concern from west side residents
Updated: Apr. 2, 2019 at 9:37 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County Area Planning Commission inspectors ruled Jasmine’s Red Room in compliance with the governing code Tuesday.

The new adult novelty store on Upper Mount Vernon Road had just opened earlier that day.

Mike Lockard with Evansville’s Westside Improvement Association described some complaint phone calls he’s taken about the business.

“There was this poster in the window," Lockard said. “That’s how we got the first complaint. Somebody was driving by with a nine-year-old, and they said, ‘mom, what’s a sex toy?’ Yeah, that’s not a conversation you want to have with a nine-year-old about a poster."

The owner of the store, who wants to remain anonymous to the media, told 14 NEWS he wants to be a good neighbor.

“I’ve just ordered some 18 and up signs to put on the front door,” the owner said. “I’ve put up black curtains behind the front windows so people can’t see in.”

Lockard said he spoke with the owner Tuesday. He encouraged the entrepreneur to keep his window displays tasteful.

“They have to show that they’re going to be a good neighbor, and I think that’s fair," said Lockard.

Jasmine’s owner mostly sells lingerie, which is in the clothing category, but the rest of his inventory is adult novelties.

An ‘adult store’ by city code definition is earning revenue 30% and over from adult novelty products.

Area Plan Commission Director Ron London confirmed to 14 NEWS Tuesday that his investigators found the store complaint with the inventory percentage. With that, the store will avoid hefty fines of being within 1,000 feet of residential properties.

Jasmine’s owner told us he doesn’t think there will be any more issues.

Lockard said he and the Westside Improvement Association will look to keep a friendly relationship moving forward.

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