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Naughty But Nice vacates its premises

January 9, 2008


Book store to replace Naughty but Nice

Text book seller Beat the Bookstore will relocate to the building that formerly housed adult novelty shop Naughty buy Nice, which has complied with a city ordinance to move its location to a state highway. Enlarge video

The 1700 block of Massachusetts Street has changed.

The adult novelty store Naughty But Nice, whose owner was in a dispute with the city, moved out last week, obeying a judge's eviction order.

Bruce Banning, the landlord for the building at 1741 Mass., said owners of Beat the Bookstore have leased the building. The operators of the bookstore, now at 622 W. 12th St., are remodeling the former Naughty But Nice building and plan to move in by the end of the month.

"We're pretty happy with it," said Denise Keating, an owner of Beat the Bookstore with her husband, Dan. "It's good visibility. It's good access."

Where Naughty But Nice will end up is still unclear. The store's owner, Richard Osburn, has said he would reopen. He has talked about his hope to relocate just outside the city limits.

Osburn could not be reached for comment this week.

At 1741 Mass., Naughty But Nice violated a 2000 city ordinance that restricted adult-themed businesses to locations along highways. Osburn had until 2005 to find a new location, and after an unsuccessful search, he faced city court charges.

In December, a district court judge ruled in an eviction trial that Osburn had until Jan. 5 to move out.

If he tries to relocate his business in the county, Osburn's shop would also have to meet certain regulations, including seeking a conditional-use permit for a commercial- or industrial-zoned property, said Keith Dabney, director for the Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department.

One regulation prohibits adult-entertainment businesses from being within 1,000 feet of another one and also from homes, residential zoning, churches, schools, parks and playgrounds.

Dabney said the regulations that last changed in 1999 did not affect the three existing adult-entertainment businesses outside Lawrence.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 2 months ago

"There goes the nieghborhood" said the people out in the county.

compmd 10 years, 2 months ago

"At 1741 Mass., Naughty But Nice violated a 2000 city ordinance that restricted adult-themed businesses to locations along highways."

In Soviet Lawrence, ordinance violates YOU!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 2 months ago

"how 'bout that curve at 31st & Kasold where the fireworks stands set up?"

I doubt he has the money to buy and develop that land.

Celeste Plitz 10 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else find the name "Beat the Bookstore" funny after moving into a former adult themed business? LOL

freeordie 10 years, 2 months ago

I am sure gald there are ordinances to protect me from adult places me being an adult and all. The children of the "neighborhood" at 17th and Mass. are safe now. They were always milling in and around Naughty but Nice getting horribly influenced by its' evilness. I think I'll burn the flag today.

Steve Jacob 10 years, 2 months ago

Don't worry, the kids can just slip into to the adult area of "Family Video", or see whatever they want on the internet before the parents get home.

AnglNSpurs 10 years, 2 months ago


I hadn't put those together... but thank you for the morning laugh! LOL!!!!

jonas 10 years, 2 months ago

Well good, now I'm sure those 5 or 6 parents that might have had to explain to their kids what the store was (or more likely lied) will now get spared that 1 to 2 minutes of slight discomfort that could perhaps have resulted.

"At 1741 Mass., Naughty But Nice violated a 2000 city ordinance that restricted adult-themed businesses to locations along highways."

Didn't the ordinance come after the store? I thought I recalled the chronology working in that direction.

Rabbitgoesthump 10 years, 2 months ago

I hope naughty but nice can find a new location, I really liked that store (cheaper then Priscilla's and much more selection,)

Good luck on your hunt for a new location!

freeordie 10 years, 2 months ago

I wnat that sign for a new church to open.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 2 months ago

Jonas, yes the ordinance was passed after the fact. Doesn't seem very fair, does it?

Never was in the store, but have been in others. Pretty innocuous stuff. Not worth screwing someone out of their livelihood. Way to go City of Lawrence. What a bunch of sneaky prudes.

Bible Belt kids are now safe to grow up normally.

flyin_squirrel 10 years, 2 months ago

I hope the new bookstore doesn't have any "sexually explicit" books or they could be in a long battle with the city over this location.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Ah, truly the end of an era. What other block could you have a nice Italian dinner, shop for groceries, pick up a prescription, buy porn and then get an ice cream cone afterwards?

Jason Bowers-Chaika 10 years, 2 months ago

Now the fine upstanding residents of Lawrence will likely return to the trusty stand by of using the Penny's catelog for Adult stimulation. The produce department at Dillon's will likely see spike in produce sales. The more adventurous will turn to Fox News announcers with big hair and tight sweaters. Just make sure the blinds are pulled and don't get any on the velvet couch.

adriennerm 10 years, 2 months ago

Darn, I missed the going out of business sale!!

ksdivakat 10 years, 2 months ago

The funniest thing about this is, I used to work at priscillas, and alot of the city counsel members came in there!!! Freaks! And oh my, some of them were really wayyyyy freaky! Theres nothing wrong with an adult store, people have made it so dirty, but the truth is as long as its 2 or more consenting adults then its all good! Who am I to judge or anyone else to judge me?? Pretty soon the city is gonna say its illegal to get your freak on! what then??

HootyWho 10 years, 2 months ago

Yet another place out of business,,, and they say there's no place in Lawrence to work?

NBNRICHARD 10 years, 2 months ago

Richard here, thanks for all your kind/positive comments. And yes, I did in fact open my store BEFORE there were ANY boundry, code, licensing, etc. restrictions. It never ceases to amaze me, the knee jerk reaction so often used by City Hall to combat issues/problems that may or may not exist. (Fireworks, the Smoking ban, and NBN) I was singled out for ELIMINATION because the City anticipated problems that never came to be. (Declining property values, blight, and increased criminal activity in and around my business) The one true issue that I have with the City regarding NBN is that the City chose to be reactive when they should have been proactive. NBN was NOT the 2nd adult store to open in Lawrence. (anyone remember Larry's cards and gifts in the Southern Hills Mall?) 1st, there was Priscilla's, NO action taken by the City. 2nd, was Larry's, again, NO action taken by the City. Many of you may not know this, but I went to City Hall twice before I opened my business. The first time to find out if it was even possible to open another Adult Store in Lawrence. (NO ordinances against it) The second time to let them know where the store would be located. (Again, I was told that there were NO ordinances against the business or location) 40 stores like NBN could have opened in Lawrence at that time because City Hall sat back and did NOTHING to stop it from happening. So, I ask all of you, WHERE'S MY GRANDFATHER CLAUSE? Anyway, for those of you who wish to stay informed, I have kept the NBN phone #, 832-1000. Also, I know of a loophole in the law, and I am going to USE IT! Keep your eyes and ears posted, for everyone will find out very soon what I'm going to do.

jonas 10 years, 2 months ago

Ooh, a diabolical plan!!


Good luck, NBN store owner.

jonas 10 years, 2 months ago

"consumer1 (Anonymous) says:

All you folks seem to forget it was the Boog/Rundle/Schauner Administration that started the litigation to have them removed. So, everyone who blames this removal on the bible thumpers are way off base. It was the liberal Kommish that sent this guy packin."

Errr. . . who said that, Con1? You're the first person to really bring it up, other than the very brief reference to the bible-belt kids.

Ralph Reed 10 years, 2 months ago

I also feel Richard got the short end of the stick. It is a blatant example of legislating someone out of business through targeted ordinances. I wish him good luck in the new NBN digs.

I think the problem was two-fold. First, NBN is not a large corporation as is Pricilla's. Second, somebody got mad and made NBN a target.

Besides, we just can't have a store like that on the main NS street through town. It just don't look right. Let's put one on the main EW street through town at a major intersection where every few minutes a whole line of cars can stop and gauk at the store. (What's that mean Mommie?)

As a thought, why isn't Pricilla's being subjected to the same treatment? They border a street that's not a "highway", and the main entrance to their parking lot is off of that street, not off of the "highway".

Just curious about one thing. Can anyone tell me when 23rd street became Hwy 10 at Iowa Street instead of east of town (about even with the old Co-op plant)? If it happened after Pricilla's was built, why didn't they get in trouble?

I'm me. Who are you behind that hood of anonymity?

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 2 months ago

Ralph, the whole hiway vs biway thing is the issue. An obvious technicality targeted to drive out one store but not the other.

As Ricky Ricardo says best, you'd think the City Kommish at the time would have had some 'splainin to do. Pricillas is much more visible. Who cares about the official street designation.

Now all the NBN attackers can smugly return to their warm beds, devoid of sexual fantasy or toys. ya frustrated boogers....

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm with you Richard, always have been. Wish you the best, you got a raw deal from the communist city commission. I do hope you have the last word on this!!!! Why are people's tax money being used to try and screw you? Good luck, Thank you, Lynn

Mike Blur 10 years, 2 months ago

Ralph, according to Richie Kennedy's web site ( in the 50's, K-10 was routed along Mass from 23rd to 6th. Whoda thunk it? When Iowa Street was built in 1956, the Mass Street routing was abandoned and K-10 was routed from 23rd to Iowa, turning north and terminating at 6th. When the SLT western leg opened, K-10 was re-routed to its current track.

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