Second sex shop cited under Oklahoma City 'adult novelty' stores ordinance
Oklahoma City authorities have cited a second sex shop under an ordinance prohibiting "adult novelty" stores near residences, churches, schools, libraries and parks.
Documents filed Monday in Oklahoma City Municipal Court say the Christie's Toy Box at 3126 N May Ave. is within 1,000 feet of residentially zoned property, a violation of the municipal code.
The documents name Bahram Heidari, a resident of northwest Oklahoma City, as the "owner or occupant" of the May Avenue location.
Christie's Toy Box attorney Eric Groves said he believes Heidari "is the landlord of the property leased by my client."
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"I have not yet seen the pleading but we will defend our client as the circumstances require," Groves said.
Internet listings show Christie's Toy Box with nine stores in the metro area.
Authorities previously cited Adam & Eve, an upscale adult shop at NW 70 and May, under the same ordinance.
Adam & Eve opened in Oklahoma City last November, not far from the May Avenue Christie's location.
Adam & Eve also has a store on East Main Street in Norman.
In March, the city council voted down a proposal by Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid to rescind the 1997 sex shops ordinance.
Shadid proposed rescinding the restrictions after Adam & Eve's owners, responding to a notice they were violating the code, spoke before the city council.
They said lingerie stores, pharmacies and adult novelty shops all sell similar products, yet only they had been singled out.
According to documents, a court appearance is set Sept. 21 in Adam & Eve's case. No date was set in the Christie's case.
In both instances, code enforcement authorities said they were responding to complaints to the city about the businesses.