Pembroke board denies request to reconsider downtown adult shop Trevor's Toybox
Evelyn Carey pauses in front of the Trevor's Toybox storefront on Main Street in Pembroke; Monday, March 18, 2013. (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
If the owners of Trevor’s Toybox want to open their doors on Main Street in Suncook, they’ll have to go through Merrimack County Superior Court first.
That’s the next step for the store, which was denied approval at a Pembroke zoning board meeting last month and denied a request for rehearing this week.
Owner and former town selectman Larry Preston said he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll appeal in court, but a suit is “under consideration at this point.”
The board ruled Monday night that the request for rehearing didn’t offer any new information.
“It was anticipated,” Preston said. “Seldom do zoning boards rehear a case, but it is required before taking any other steps. You have to exhaust all the other options.”
The shop first came to the town’s attention in March with a window display of two scantily dressed mannequins holding handcuffs and whips.
The shop’s window display has since been toned down; Preston said in May that the store will sell leather and rubber clothing and other items allowed under the town ordinance.
A website operating with the same name and address would sell more explicit merchandise, but Preston said during the initial hearing that the inventory would never be kept in the store.
“We don’t believe that the town has interpreted the code correctly,” Preston said. “We don’t believe that what we’re trying to do violates the code, and they’ve heard it and decided that they’re reading it correctly and I don’t believe that they are. Assuming that we did move forward, I would think there’d be a fairly detailed argument to the superior court.
“The storefront is just sitting idle at this point. The internet business is continuing to grow but that’s a separate entity and really has no relation to this case.”
Pembroke town ordinances define sexual paraphernalia as graphic displays and express depictions of sexual activities. The town zoning ordinances allow passive adult entertainment – including stores that sell sexual paraphernalia – in one district near the Loudon and Concord borders, and in another district by Route 106 with a special zoning exemption.
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