- A peep into Manassas' Fashion Fantasy. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Where can you open up a sex shop in Manassas, Va.? Beginning this year, practically nowhere. New zoning regulations in the city of Manassas will outlaw adult businesses from setting up shop within 750 feet of nursing homes, residences, day care centers, schools, parks, libraries, cultural centers, churches, and hotels, and within 1,000 feet of other adult businesses. Sex shops will also be subject to licensing fees, random inspections, and restrictions over signage and opening hours.
Below, a map illustrating just how limited the 750 foot rule is:
All three existing sex shops in Manassas lie well within 750 feet of several structures on the city's laundry list. Despite their proximity to residences and schools, Manassas adult shops MVC Couples Boutiques and Fashion Fantasy evaded municipal attention for decades because they are located in what are perceived as lower-class strips. Only when KK's Temptations moved in to the city's Old Town district did townspeople rally to crack down on the shops.
After the protracted fight over KK's presence in town—and with three shops already whetting the town's adult appetite—it's unlikely that a new sex shop will attempt to call Manassas home anytime soon. But while the new regulations can't kick out existing sexually-oriented businesses, they can stop places like KK's from moving to a new location—or selling to another sexually-oriented shop.
So where can Virginia's sexual entrepreneurs go from here? If you can spot a location within the city limits where a sex shop could lawfully open, point it out in the comments and I'll add it to the map.