Adult Business Sales Down
COLUMBIA - Adult business owners reviewed their sales Monday after the effects of the first weekend of the anti-drug business law. And the results weren't good. The owner of Passions in Columbia says sales for her store were down 30 percent. Other stores had similar results.
"If you have a 24 hour business and you suddenly cut out almost 12 of those hours, you're expecting to lose some money. We are going to have to be very creative about how we do this," said Nellie Symm-Gruender, owner of Passions.
With the new laws, adults entertainment businesses have to find ways to keep drawing in customers.
"We're looking very carefully at all our products and we're trying to create an experience that's good for everyone when they come in the store," said Symm-Gruender.
"I don't care if we sell t-shirts or if we sell tupperware. We're just going to sell what we're going to sell because we're business people," John Hawkins, employee of Bocomo Bay in Columbia."
Even though the restrictions are in place, Symm-Gruender says she will continue to fight.
"We are going to be agressively fighting this law up through the court system," she said.
That fight is now in the Western District Court of Appeals after a Cole County Circuit Court Judge denied a temporary restraining order last Friday.