Sunday, July 18, 2004

Lexington Hustler opens after struggle

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - After a yearlong battle with city officials, a Hustler Hollywood store in Lexington is open for business.

Jimmy Flynt, brother of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, opened the shop Friday after passing an initial inspection by the city.

"They told me I was 'significantly compliant,' whatever that means," Jimmy Flynt said.

The store, near Interstate 75 and Winchester Road, has magazines and a cafe with cheesecake, coffee and tea.

It also offers such items as leather whips, kinky lingerie, erotic books and adult games.

City officials didn't want videos, sex toys or nudity in the store. They made Flynt cover up several ceramic figures of women with exposed breasts.

Many customers who visited on opening day asked Flynt for an autograph and purchased candles or T-shirts. There were no protesters.

Flynt also has stores in Cincinnati; Monroe, Ohio; San Diego; and Hollywood, Calif. Next week, Flynt will open up a Hustler store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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