All that foreplay over the sex doll brothel planned inside the 2 story building pictured above on Richmond Ave just east of Chimney Rock ended up going nowhere Wednesday when city council blocked its opening by amending an ordinance that regulates adult businesses within city limits. Following the council’s unanimous vote, having sex with what the amendment calls “anthropomorphic devices” inside stores that offer them is now illegal in Houston. However, selling the dolls for take-home use remains no problem — provided that the retailer is more than 1,500 ft. from all nearby schools, churches, daycare centers, areas with 75% residential density, and public parks
City-owned Anderson Park is just about catty-corner to the brothel’s planned location at 5615 Richmond — meaning the property is now off-limits to any kind of R-rated establishment. (Existing PG tenants include Kaan Cafe, Omni Salsa Dance Studio, and a handful of clothing shops.)
If KinkySDolls — the Canadian company that hoped to do business there — ends up scrapping its rent-before-you-buy model and opening up a takeout-only shop somewhere else, it’s still got a few new ground-rules to follow. According to the amendments, interior lighting must be “of sufficient intensity” to illuminate everywhere customers have access and managers must maintain “an unobstructed view of every area” inside the store.
- City Council amends SOB ordinance to block sex doll rental shop [Houston Chronicle]
- 5615 Richmond [LoopNet]
Photos of 5615 Richmond Ave: LoopNet