Taboo Company

Taboo Company in Charlottetown sells adult toys and smoke paraphernalia. City council has turned down a zoning variance needed for operation. (CBC)

The owners of the adult novelty store Taboo in Charlottetown say they are getting overwhelming support from the community to keep the store open in its current location.

On Wednesday, Charlottetown city council decided not to allow the store on Euston Street to continue to operate, citing concerns about the impact on the image of the residential neighbourhood.

Council voted against giving the store a zoning variance needed to operate there. That approval should have been sought before the store opened.

Taboo Company co-owner Amy Brewster said they took all the proper steps to make sure the business was legal in every way. She noted they had been in contact with the city since February.  She said when the city informed them about the variance after the store had opened, they said to continue operating and it shouldn't be a problem to get it passed through. 

Brewster said she started a petition right after council's vote and by Thursday morning, the signatures had already started pouring in.

"This petition is on change.org and we posted it last night at around 10 p.m. and since the petition has been posted we have gotten over 800 signatures which averages out much more than a signature a minute," said Brewster.

"So we are pretty overwhelmed and pretty humbled by the amount of support that we've been given. Social media seems to be ablaze with support in our favour and we really appreciate it. We hope to be able to fight to stay open for our customers."

Officials with the city of Charlottetown said they received official notification from the owners Wednesday afternoon of their plan to appeal . 

Brewster plans to keep the store open until the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission makes a decision in the case.

"I think with this sort of support, city council can no longer turn a blind eye to what the community really thinks regarding us being in this location."