Intimate Obsessions Finds an Obsession to Prohibit Planned "Sex Shop" in San Clemente

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The morality cops are out in full force in San Clemente, where a business that sells products you find at Target--oils, lubes, lingerie--is being hassled from opening.

Perhaps foes of adult-oriented businesses are OK with corporate chains having similar items spread around their big-box stores but oppose the one-stop shopping Intimate Obsessions wants to bring to 309 North El Camino Real.

By the way, you may recall Intimate Obsessions' Dana Point location from our story last month about a 42-year-old lady accused of placing lingerie and other items her ex-boyfriend had gifted her into a pillowcase that was set on fire in front of the store.

Jennifer Renee Colwell, Accused of Torching Dana Point Lingerie Store in Fit Over Ex-Boyfriend, is Finally Wanted by Someone

Maybe San Clemente is opposing its very own Intimate Obsessions out of fire safety concerns?

Naw, that's total bullshit, this comes down to zoning regulations that prohibit "adult oriented businesses" from being within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and residences. Opponents have labeled Intimate Obsessions a "sex store" that is trying to open next to a family friendly Pizza Port restaurant, behind San Clemente Presbyterian Church and its school and near a residential building.

The backlash has been heard by City Hall, which is taking a good, hard look at the Intimate Obsessions' business license application. Store operators have responded by offering to confine sexually explicit material to 15 percent or less of its floor space with lingerie, stockings and specialty costumes occupying the bulk of the store. That's how xxx managed to open in downtown Fullerton:

The Naughty Teddy vs. Fullerton Prudes

But there's still that overtly sexy Intimate Obsessions name to contend with. To appease San Clementans' puritanical sensibilities, might we suggest Intimate Burlap Sacks?

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Joel White
Joel White

Funny, I work out in Irvine and I guess there is a massage parlor opening in the stripmall I work at. I've been getting people coming in to my work and telling me how "disgusting" it is and how there is "children that walk by there." Fucking lamers.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"adult oriented businesses"

Bars are Adult Oriented, by definition and law, ipso facto.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

In case you were wondering Jennifer Colwell is STILL behind bars for torching the pillowcase of lingerie.  

Whophantom
Whophantom

It's a "sex store' with all kinds of xxx adult dvd's, for straight & LGB T, adult toys (batteries not included) like over size dildos, vaginas, strap on's, real life touch female dolls, oils, creams, gag gifts, adult magazines & books. Cheap lingerie, leather, costumes & boots & heels for strippers, hookers & S&M crowd. Nothing wrong with the type of store but, it's all about location location, location. And I O picked a terrible location. Del Mar Ave would be ideal. Good Luck! 

Luke Vafiades
Luke Vafiades

Something doesn't have to be shabby or run down to be shitty or tacky.

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Since when have you seen a rundown Sex Shop????? Plenty of them in the OC, go have a look...lol

Thomas Bridges
Thomas Bridges

Another example of OC weekly's twisted perspective.

Luke Vafiades
Luke Vafiades

It probably is less of a prude thing and more of a "I don't want the neighborhood to look shitty" thing.

SCResident
SCResident

Considering that San Clemente is already home to ConRev (another Intimate Obsessions-like establishment), and I have heard of no issues surrounding that, this article doesn't sound well researched--at all. What kind of judgmental "journalism" is this? I don't get it. Go visit. You might discover a much more real version of San Clemente. And it's just down the street from where Intimate Obsessions could open. 

Amy Koenig
Amy Koenig

there is already a CONREV in SC... I don't get it?

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Thomas Bridges Just looking out for the small businessman, commie.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Luke Vafiades Opponents playing the sex shop card, not the looks shitty card.

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