Adult Novelty Store Gets Derby Permit

DERBY - An adult novelty store could be opening in Derby in the near future. Midtown Estates applied for a change of use permit from the Town of Derby, which was granted. The change is from office space to retail and office in the large building located on the south side of Route 5, in the building that houses Roaster’s Café and Deli.The business is called Good Stuff, which already has stores located in other areas of Vermont and New Hampshire.According to their website, the store sells a variety of adult novelty products as well as tobacco pipes. Store owners did not return phone calls by press time.The Derby Planning Commission held a public hearing on the change of use permit on Sept. 26. The permit was granted and, according to Zoning Administrator Bob Kelley, no one from the public attended the meeting.Elizabeth Bumps of Derby said that she and some of her neighbors want to look into appealing the permit. Bumps says that they do not feel that the store fits in with the character of the area.The permit is in its 30-day appeal period. However, Kelley does not think an appeal could be filed if the person wishing to appeal did not participate in the public hearing on the permit.The business has received a sign permit and still needs to obtain a certificate of occupancy, which they would receive from Kelley.The business originally applied to go into a different location in Derby. Bumps and at least one other individual appealed that permit. The applicant withdrew the application and the appeal was dead. Bumps did not know about the new application.