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Lingerie Store Near Elementary School Has Parents Worried

Lingerie Store Near Elementary School Has Parents Worried



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“It seems to me there are a lot more appropriate places for a place like this to exist than in a school zone.”

A lingerie store is opening just a block away from a Salt Lake elementary school and neighbors are not happy. Blue Boutique has been in business in the city for 18 years, but the location for their planned third store is what's creating a lot of commotion.

People there say it's been a long battle to get rid of drugs, prostitution and crime in the neighborhood, but now they're concerned a Blue Boutique just down the road, close to a school, will bring it all back.

You'd have to really not be paying attention to miss the building. Tiffany Sandberg didn't miss it, and when she found out what it was she couldn't stand it.

Tiffany Sandberg, Salt Lake City Resident: “That anybody would open a business like this a block away from an elementary school, it's just not common sense.”

Michelle Christensen, Blue Boutique: “We sell clothing, lingerie, shoes. Just a fun, unique store. Different stuff you can't buy anywhere else.”

Adult kind of stuff, the kind most parents don't want near their children.

Jeff Sandberg, Salt Lake City Resident: “I don't have a problem with them existing somewhere, just not right there a block from our school.”

Jackson Elementary is just a block away from the proposed store and many students walk right by it.

Last fall a young girl from the neighborhood was abducted and raped. Her attacker has never been found.

Angela Colton, Girl's Mother: “We're doing better, slowly, but getting better.”

When the girl's mother heard an adult-themed store was opening on the route her daughter walks to school...

Angela Colton: “I don't like this at all. It does not need to be there.”

Parents and school administrators say something has to be wrong when a business like this one can open right in front of a school crosswalk. But the question is, is it legal?

Tiffany Sandberg: “We're not sure, we're checking the zoning ordinances right now.”

Blue Boutique says they checked before they bought.

Michelle Christensen: “Oh yeah, you can't be in business in Utah for 18 years and not be legal. So yeah, it's very legal.”

And as far as the wrong kind of people at their store, Blue Boutique says check one out, before you judge.

Michelle Christensen: “We like families and kids. We all have kids and we're not going to do anything to make the community bad.”

The Sandberg family we interviewed is also involved in the schools Parent-Teacher program, and Wednesday night they're planning a meeting to talk about the store. Again, Blue Boutique says what their business is about is not what you're thinking.

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