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Neighbors upset over adult boutique set to open in Troy


TROY, N.Y. -- Some Troy residents are seeing red over a blue business. What is really upsetting them is that they say no one told them about this before Wednesday.

From the outside of the store front, neighbors like Jim Gordon say he couldn't tell what type of store was coming until he opened the paper on Wednesday.

That's when he saw a notice of an Adult Boutique setting up shop, just blocks from his Lansingburgh home. "

We woke up not knowing and now we know there is a porn shop getting ready to open up any day now," Gordon said.

Inside the shop and there are already products on the shelves. One of the owners, Angela Weller, says it's been a dream of hers to open this shop. "I can't please everyone. I can't not do this," she said.

Weller says she has every right to be at the location after a city moratorium on adult oriented shops expired earlier in the year.

In a statement, the city tells NEWS10 ABC, "What the proposal calls for does not fit into the adult use definitions, but rather into a general retail definition, therefore, the applicant does not need to seek a variance."

"We are mostly going to be selling clothes, just items and accessories for adults, mostly for women," Weller said.

Some neighbors say they don't want her business and the shop may attract an unwanted crowd.

"This neighborhood is stressed with drug deals and prostitution," said Gordon.

However, it maybe too late for the city or neighbors to do anything at this point, as Weller stocks the shelves with Halloween outfits.

She says the only thing left for her to do is go before the planning commission. That meeting will take place on October 10th.

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