March 27, 2009
Discussion Topic: Virginia Gun Shop Gets Sex-Shop Justice
By Dave Hurteau
From The Washington Post:
To many in Old Town Alexandria, the sex shop that opened recently on King Street is nothing short of scandalous. . . .
But to Michael Zarlenga, it's justice.
Zarlenga spent $350,000 on plans to expand his hunting and fishing store, the Trophy Room. He worked with city officials for almost two years and thought he had their support -- until the architectural review board told him he couldn't alter the historic property.
Furious and out of money, Zarlenga rented the space to its newest occupant, Le Tache.
"I can't say I didn't know it would ruffle feathers," said Zarlenga, 41. "Actually, I was hoping for a fast-food chain because I thought that would be more annoying to the city."
What do you think of Zarlenga’s brand of justice?