Neighbors Fear Adult Business
Shakel's Secret opened last Friday near two day care centers. Neighbors said the store doesn't belong in the family-oriented neighborhood.
Cynthia White owns one day care that's open past midnight.
"We have parents that pick up their kids late at night, 'til 12:30," she explained. "Their business will be open until 12:30, about the same time our business is open."
White and others worry the adult business might bring the wrong people to their neighborhood.
"The clientel that he'll bring in is not what we like," complained neighbor George Smith. "And we're really quite afraid what might develop from that."
But, the owner of Shakel's Secret said his customers are just normal people and his products aren't harmful.
"Most of the establishments you go into sell liquor or cigarettes," argued Mike Barnard. "Everyone's accepted things of that sort that can kill you. The products that I sell are pleasure things."
White said the issue is the store's location.
"I just don't think it should be in a residential area" she responded. "It should be downtown or on the boulevard or something."
But Barnard said his store will stay on Arden Street unless Cole County makes him move it. Neighbors also want him to remove Shakel's Secrets' big sign because it draws attention to the business.
Barnard said officials forced him to remove his sign across from West Elementary School, although he had a permit for it.