Posted at: 10/10/2013 11:40 PM
| Updated at: 10/10/2013 11:41 PM
By: Dan Levy
TROY - The Troy Planning Board on Thursday night gave its final approval for a controversial new business to open on Second Avenue in Lansingburgh. Even though its primary purpose is to sell clothing, there are some people who think its anything but a perfect fit for the Collar City.
Inside the first floor store front at 635 Second Avenue, the racks are filled with sexy, high-end lingerie and other evocative outfits, but part of Angela Weller's business plan at Expressions: An Adult Boutique is to sell "other things".
"I'm really not sure what type of other things are being sold in the store," said Tina Urzan, president of the North Central Troy Neighborhood Association, to the city planning board.
Those other things happen to be adult toys, items that make some people blush.
"That's kind of the idea," Weller stated, "it's a chance for ou to step out of your comfort zone and to learn something new and to maybe walk out a little bit excited about your own life."
Even though the word 'adult' is in the store name, the planning board does not consider it and "adult business' -- simple a retail establishment.
"My fear is that this will be the first of many," said Councilman Kevin McGrath. "I think we as a council fail to define adult business and in my opinion novelties are part of an adult business and I don't think it's conducive for a healthy neighborhood."
"There's not going to be any increase in crime because of my store," Weller asserts. "There's nothing I'm doing that's going to cause any problems."
"As a female citizen of Troy and a consumer of certain adult products, I think Expressions: An Adult Boutique seems like a fine alternative (to other choices)," says Sheila Fitzgerald, "And I'm very excited about it."
Weller says she expects to open in the next day or two and she'll adhere strictly to her no-one-under-age-18-admitted policy.