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June 22, 2013
The Post-Journal

Thumbs up to a Jamestown woman for pursuing her business. Jill Laemmerhirt had planned to open Endless Love, a retail business, in a Fairmount Avenue plaza in Lakewood. The Lakewood Planning Board approved a permit for Laemmerhirt's business, but the deal fell apart when the plaza owner decided not to lease her space for the shop. Then, the Lakewood Village Board approved a six month moratorium on adult-themed businesses because there was nothing in the village's zoning laws about such adult enterprises. Laemmerhirt then found a new location and began setting up shop when Charles Smith, village code enforcement and building inspector, served her with a citation. A judge ruled the village's attorney and Laemmerhirt's attorney should work together to find a workable solution. To be clear, Laemmerhirt has precautions in place to make sure impressionable youth aren't entering the store and there is no suggestive advertising or signs on the front of the shop. Her business is as legal as a coffee shop. The solution, frankly, is to let Laemmerhirt open her business. Traffic and profitability should determine whether or not it is a bad idea, not the board's notion of what constitutes an "appropriate" business.



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