Taboo Brings Naked Mondays to South Side 

click to enlarge Alison Barber, owner of Taboo, is opening a second store on Midlothian Turnpike. - ASH DANIEL

Alison Barber's plan to open an adult store offering two floors of sex toys, lingerie and porn initially gave Richmond city planners pause.

"The city is incredibly freaked out about adult businesses, which is surprising to me in 2013 with everything else we have to be worried about — that a couple dildos and DVDs are getting people so worked up," Barber says.

The owner of Taboo, who's run such a store in Henrico County for a decade, has been looking for a second location for more than seven years. But strict zoning regulations limited her search to properties with existing adult businesses, she says.

She thought she had things figured out last year when she struck a deal to buy an adult bookstore on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond for $310,000. She was wrong, but eventually won an appeal that allowed her to expand the existing business into the former bookstore's second floor, meaning the new shop will be twice as big as her current location on Broad Street in the West End.

The new store is set to open next month. Barber says the location will be classy, and will, naturally, feature Taboo's signature Naked Mondays." That's the day when you'll find sales associates modeling lingerie while they work.

"I feel like I'm doing the city a service by buying what was a pretty shady adult video store and turning it into something that's bright, appealing and hopefully will bring more traffic and business to the area," Barber says.

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

  • Re: High-Flying Confederates

    • Black dude here (in case it matters): As long as it's about paying tribute to…

    • on October 30, 2014
  • Re: High-Flying Confederates

    • "Um, SouthernGent.....Really? "Like Germans, the Confederates were "only" defending their rights and their state." I…

    • on October 30, 2014
  • Re: High-Flying Confederates

    • Took a look at that blog you hate so much, Ms. Chastain. I can see…

    • on October 30, 2014
  • More »
  • Facebook Recommendations

    Latest in News and Features

    More by Ned Oliver

    Copyright © 2014 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation