Rosemary Benitez thought it was a joke at first. She was told her store was going to need a food permit in order to stay in business.
But Benitez doesn’t own a restaurant. She owns the Shades of Love lingerie store on West Bitters road.
Shades of Love sells racy lingerie, high heel shoes, adult toys and items meant to enhance a couple’s sex life. However, some of those items are edible. That’s why the health department ruled the store needed a food permit.
The permit costs about $230 a year. It also means the store is subject to regular health inspections.
“Everything is sold as novelty. Everything in the box says ‘novelty item’ only… It’s not something you sit down and actually eat. It’s more for licking and tasting. Edible? No. It’s not going to fill you up,” Benitez said.
But city officials defended the order.
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