Parents on Chicago’s North Side are outraged over a new head shop business opening in the neighborhood near an elementary school. They have started an online petition in hopes the business will relocate.
Mr Nice Guy, a head shop with three stores in St. Louis, is set to open in Lincoln Square near Queen of Angels Elementary School.
Mr Nice Guy co-owner David Palatnik told WGN he understands the neighbors’ concern but there is already a lot of interest in the location.
He also says none of the merchandise will be displayed in the windows, so the kids can’t see it and no one under 18 will be allowed in. That is the law and store management says they will enforce it.
Concerned parents who started the online petition says it is not so much the business itself but its location near the school.
“I think if he wanted to put it anywhere else on Western, I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” said parent Curt Peterson. “But I don’t think it should be that close to a school or Wells Park.”