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Shaken, Not Stirred

“We wanted something — honestly, ironically — something that was not going to cause a stir or a fuss at all,” says Alison Barber, owner of The Taboo adult store in Richmond, Va. “I wanted something bright and friendly and happy. I definitely did not want to go overtly sexual — I didn’t want it to look like a seedy adult store.” She brought in an artist to paint a mural across the entire front wall of the store, facing the parking lot. It shows a young woman feeding an apple a pink beaver. Some are aghast, saying the mural will “attract children” to the store, but a reporter mostly found that passersby didn’t think children would be attracted by the mural, and in any case, Barber says, no one under 18 is allowed in, even if accompanied by a parent. (RC/WTVR Richmond) ...But will it attract beavers?
Original Publication Date: 14 June 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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