What’s With All of the Adult Toy Stores In North Carolina?

We are spending New Year’s Eve at a hotel off the I-95 corridor in central North Carolina. Tomorrow, we will be home after being away on a terrific vacation for nearly three weeks.

I may have mentioned this in an earlier post, but it really stood out today while driving through North Carolina:

What is up with all of the advertisements for adult toy and video stores along the I-95 corridor?

I think I saw more billboards for these establishments1 in North Carolina than one might find on 42nd Street in Manhattan in the 1970s. I’m not really sure what my notion of North Carolina was, but it wasn’t “Adult Entertainment Capital of the East.”


  1. I have no objections to the stores or the ads. They just seemed incongruous to my notions of life in North Carolina.

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

One reply on “What’s With All of the Adult Toy Stores In North Carolina?”

  1. hello jamie, will you keep on writing/reviewing the astounding magazines? i really like them.

    cheers from mexico

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