Le Tache’s 210 King Street location opened ten years ago as something of a controversial prank — a prank chronicled by the New York Times, no less. But after a long stay in Old Town the “couples boutique” has finally closed.
The store offered a variety of explicit accessories, from lingerie to… well, we’ll tell you when you’re older. It was a large store that occupied multiple floors of a historic, brick building near the waterfront. The interior has been emptied, however, and a sign has been posted in the window saying the building is available for rent.
The shop had once been home to Trophy Room, a sporting goods store, but after the city refused to grant a permit to expand and the business closed, the building owner reportedly offered sex store Le Tache a 25-year lease in 2009 out of spite. Its racy wares are a contrast to other businesses on the block, including an ice cream store and an art gallery.
For customers now left in the cold, similar stores in Old Town include Lotus Blooms at 1017 King Street and Bloomers, a lingerie store at 924 King Street. The Le Tache chain also has (dubiously safe for work link) other locations throughout Northern Virginia, though several of them appear to be closing.
The former Le Tache storefront may not be totally vacant, however. 210 King Street is haunted by a ghost name Edna, according to the Alexandria Times.
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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM
Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.
Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.
Again this year, The Critical Mass, LLC, the Made in ALX store and local Ukrainian-American artists are throwing a Pysanky Party — and partnering on a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Razom for Ukraine.
The free event, from 5 –