The woman at the center of the battle over adult businesses here says her newly opened store is simply a lingerie shop.
Michelle Kuntz, 36, Greenwood, said her store, XO Paradise, in Old Towne Greenwood will comply with a new city ordinance regulating the sale of sex toys, maintaining the controversy about her business was overblown from the start.
"This is not an adult entertainment business," she said. "It has been misrepresented. No one was interested in clearing up any misunderstanding. It's just wrong how this was handled."
in case you were wondering whether greenwood passed that ordinance outlawing the sale of sex toys within such-and-such distance from churches and schools, they did. but michelle kuntz is opening her store anyway. (insert obligatory joke about michelle's name here.) apparently, nobody thought to ask her whether she actually, y'know, planned to sell sex toys at the shop.
Kuntz criticized the city and others for not discussing with her what she intended to sell.
"Not one person came to me," Kuntz said.
and no story about this topic would be complete without a patronizing quote from greenwood mayor charles henderson:
While some council members at their meeting wished Kuntz good luck with her new store, Henderson did not.
"It is not the kind of business we want, and I hope you are offended enough not to open," Henderson told Kuntz. "I don't think the intention is to sell lingerie."
i don't know if michelle k is offended, but i sure am. then again, this is the same henderson who said earlier this month that "if we step on their rights, I don't think I'll even apologize for that."
in other words, don't go to greenwood if you want to exercise your rights. they don't care about that kind of stuff in greenwood.¶