MOUNT PROSPECT — Adults who like to wear diapers. The owner of Tykables says it’s more common than you think.
John-Michael Williams says he does 99 percent of his business online. But in April he opened Tykables in Mount Prospect, what he says is the first brick-and-mortar store in the country catering to Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers or the AB/DL community.
The store is nondescript from the outside. You have to have an appointment to get in. It sells adult diapers and has a nursery space including a giant crib, high chair, and a rocking horse where people can pose for pictures.
Reception from neighbors is mixed.
“It’s really weird, especially for this area, when I found out about it it was just kind of a shock, I didn’t know people like that stuff,” said resident Greg Suarez.
Williams says he’s working with the village to alleviate any concerns, and people under 18 won’t be allowed inside.
“I think the biggest concerns come from people who don’t understand our business and what we do,” Williams said.
And despite objections from some residents who find it all distasteful, village officials say Tykables is legal, though they plan to keep a close eye on it.
“When you look at the codes and all the definitions, there’s nothing pornographic about it, there’s nothing that would violate any sense of decency,” said Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek.
Moving forward, the mayor says the village is taking a fresh look at zoning laws to make sure there’s adequate public response before unique businesses move in.