“Someone has to say something because of the kids around here,” DeLancy said. “I want a real family community. If I was a kid who lived in the community and looked up in 10 years, it’s recorded that someone asked questions.
DeLancy took to Facebook on May 31 to express her doubts about the number of liquor stores that have sprung up in the area. She shared a photo of Black Candy with her banner prominently displayed and noted that she was sitting next to a daycare. Almost 200 people commented on the thread.
County officials also took note. Black Candy was cited on Wednesday for operating without a commercial license and storing alcoholic beverages on unlicensed premises, Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.
Cobb County code enforcement officers and trade inspectors first visited Black Candy on June 1, following several complaints from citizens. The county gave the store 10 days to obtain its business license.
The store had not obtained its license on Wednesday, when code enforcement and the fire marshal conducted a sweep of businesses in the Flags Village shopping center, Cavitt said.
George “Horseman” Durham, founder of the Black Candy franchise, told AJC that he was in the process of obtaining the required license.
The store had a smooth opening over Memorial Day weekend. Durham said he was preparing to host a grand grand opening next month after getting his business license.
A hearing date for code enforcement citations is scheduled for July 29.
Durham said when he heard of DeLancy’s bookings he removed the original sign and replaced it with a more conservative banner that read “Custom Dancewear.”
“I’m glad she brought her concerns to our attention,” Durham said. “As soon as I found out, I took care of it. … So that it goes well and that people know that we are with the community and that we are not trying to provoke any conflict. It’s just a good deal.
DeLancy thanked the owner for quickly changing the sign and said it was a big step in showing the store is ready to be ‘community friendly’.
“These are just clothes. Nothing but clothes, ”he insisted about Black Candy. “People have it in their heads and thinks maybe this is a sex store with (sex toys) and all kinds of crazy bullshit. But we are not doing any such thing here.
Cobb County has had issues with erotic clothing stores in the past. Tokyo Valentino’s is a “sex shop” present throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Marietta and Cobb County officials revoke business licensesfor two Tokyo Valentino locations last year. Both councils ruled that the stores had too much sexual merchandise on their shelves.
The owners of Tokyo Valentino have appealed the two decisions and the two sites continue to operate while the dispute unfolds in court.
Black Candy, a new exotic dancewear store, is set to officially open next month at Flags Village Mall in Austell. (Photo by Matt Bruce for AJC)