Monthly Archives: January 2015

Georgia City Can’t Ban Shop Selling Sex Toys – Courthouse News Service

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Georgia City Can’t Ban Shop Selling Sex Toys

     ATLANTA (CN) – A Georgia city cannot ban a novelty shop from selling sex toys on claims that it violates laws regulating sexually-oriented businesses, a federal judge ruled.
     Based in Brookhaven, Ga., Stardust opened in February 2013, soon after the city was incorporated in DeKalb County, northeast of Atlanta. The store was licensed as a smoke shop that sold tobacco, pipes and novelty items, but soon thereafter started selling sexual devices that did not fall within its city-approved activities.
     Brookhaven cited the store hundreds of times, claiming it was in violation of city ordinances that regulate “sexual device shops.” Moreover, the city claimed, Stardust violated the city code by sharing a property line with a strip club and by operating a sex shop less than 300 feet from a residential area.
     The Pink Pony, Stardust’s neighboring strip club, unsuccessfully challenged Brookhaven’s restrictions on adult-entertainment businesses as unconstitutional.
     Despite the city’s warnings, Stardust continued to sell sexual devices without a license to do so, from the same location, according to the Jan. 13 federal ruling.
     The city denied Stardust’s application for a sign to be placed in front of the store, citing the store’s lack of license and prohibited location. After Brookhaven rejected its appeal, Stardust sued the city in DeKalb County Superior Court, challenging the constitutionality of its ordinances. Stardust also filed a federal complaint over the denial of the sign permit, alleging First Amendment violations.
     Brookhaven countered that the business had violated its sexually-oriented business code and asked the court to enjoin the store from selling sexual items.
     U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross ruled last week that Stardust could continue to sell sexual devices without being labeled a sex shop.
     Selling sexual items does not automatically turn a business into a sex shop under city laws, the 13-page opinion states.
     Although stores that regularly feature sexual devices are subject to regulation as sex shops in Brookhaven, the city did not try to stop Stardust from “featuring” such items, but instead asked the court to ban their sale altogether, according to the ruling.
     Brookhaven’s statute does not ban the sale of sexual devices, but merely seeks to regulate the manner in which they are displayed in stores, Ross noted.
     Additionally, an order barring Stardust from operating a sexually-oriented business at its current location would be too broad, especially since the city failed to explain how the business could change its operations to comply with the city code, the court found.
     In fighting Stardust’s First Amendment claim, the city had argued that its laws did not restrict commercial speech because they merely regulated the sale of sexual devices and not their advertisement.
     The court found, however, that Brookhaven was not likely to succeed on its claim, should its code be deemed to regulate commercial speech as alleged by Stardust.
     ”In its haste to assert that this case has no First Amendment implications, the city has failed to show how its ordinance does not affect the in-store display of merchandise, and it has not addressed the standards for protection of commercial speech,” Ross wrote in the opinion.
     But the judge refused to venture into what she called an “unexplored area of First Amendment doctrine,” noting that the court could not decide at this stage whether the city code violates free speech or whether those protections extend to a retail store’s display of its merchandise.
     ”We’re before a judge who’s going to make each party prove its case,” Stardust attorney Cary Wiggins told the Daily Report. “We are excited about that.”
     Wiggins said the city’s ordinances violate the First Amendment by restricting how one can advertise a sexual device.
     ”I wish cities would seek input from the businesses that they are attempting to regulate, instead of just trying to cripple them,” he added. “It would save an enormous amount of time and money.” image[1]


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Burlington to open Crystal Lake store at Toys R Us, former Marshall’s location – Northwest Herald

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CRYSTAL LAKE[1] – National clothing and home goods retailer Burlington[2] plans to open a 58,411-square-foot store in the Commons of Crystal Lake this fall that could employ up to 100 people.

The Burlington, New Jersey-based company made the announcement Wednesday. The store will be at 6120 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. It will take over the 30,000-square-foot Toys R Us store and the adjacent vacant 28,441-square-foot space that was formerly occupied by Marshalls. Toys R Us plans to close its Crystal Lake store at the end of January when its lease expires[3].

The new store will bring 50 to 100 new jobs to Crystal Lake when it opens this fall, according to a news release from the company.

“We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Crystal Lake community,” Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores, said in the news release.

Crystal Lake officials had been working with Burlington for about a year to find the company a place in the city.

“We’re excited for Burlington Coat Factory to join the Crystal Lake business community,” Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley said in a statement. “The city has been working with Burlington Coat Factory for the past year to secure a location in Crystal Lake. The Brixmor Property Group has done an excellent job in working out a long-term deal for Burlington Coat and they have a bright future here in Crystal Lake.”

The mayor also praised the efforts of city staff members and hinted at more new businesses coming to the city this year.

“Burlington Coat is one of a number of new retailers that will be joining the Crystal Lake market in 2015,” he said in the statement. “The arrival of the Burlington Coat Factory is the result of a conscious effort on the part of the city to develop meaningful relationships in the business community.”

Several big-box retailers have left Route 14 in recent years, leaving some large vacancies along the city’s main commercial corridor. But the city has worked to bring new businesses to the area and retain existing ones using grants, fee waivers and other incentives. It also has made a push to get residents to shop within the city limits.

A representative from Burlington couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Kristen Moore, a spokeswoman for Brixmor Property Group, confirmed Burlington would be opening in the fourth quarter, but declined to comment on terms of the lease.

Burlington Stores Inc., a publicly traded company, typically looks for store locations with 50,000 to 65,000 square feet of space with 10-year leases with four- to five-year options in markets with more than 200,000 people in the trade area and populations with “Middle America incomes,” according to its website[4].

Burlington stores have departments including ladies’ dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children’s clothing. Stores also sell baby accessories at Baby Depot, home decor and gifts.

Burlington calls itself “a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices.”

Burlington has 543 stores in 44 states and Puerto Rico, according to its website. The Crystal Lake location will be one of 30 stores in Illinois.

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Toys for Kids brightens Christmas for 200 children – Alexandria Echo Press

cheer for many families in the area.



More than 200 children received toys, which is double the number from last year.

“We want to bring a big ‘thank you’ for giving financially to our Toys for Kids program this year,” said coordinator Grant Haugen. “Whether it was a cash donation or personal purchase of toys, your generosity, kindness and support is appreciated All it takes is one person to care about one another;. Invest their time, money and prayers.”

The program also received help, prayers and coordination of Love INC in Alexandria, Haugen noted.

“Next year we will plan to take additional contact churches, organizations and companies for their help,” he said.



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