According to the legislation, Le Tache would be grandfathered in because it will have been in the city for more than a year by the time the regulation takes effect. It was just a business decision, he says. Michael Zarlenga, the owner of that business, wanted to expand, but Alexandria's Board of Architectural Review rejected his construction plans. Anyone doing business in Old Town who expects to make major changes to a historic building should follow the public hearings of the Board of Architectural Review for the Old and Historic District the BAR. The friends work full-time as registered nurses, and Graham said experiences in the emergency room made her realize women need a shop where they feel comfortable asking questions and learning about the safe use of sex toys. Peekaboo lingerie, adult movies and sex toys are displayed throughout the three-story building, which has the original hardwood floors and beams dating to the early s. It turns out this Washington, D. La Tache opened its doors in January, at the site of a former hunting and fishing store. Zarlenga made a stupendously stupid business decision. You know he did fight for his liberty," Kenney said. Zarlenga had done so, he would have known that his plan to change the roofline of a flounder house, a design ancient and rare in the United States, would not be approved, regardless of what city staff may have told him. The sex shop now has a year lease. The proposed regulation says that no two adult businesses can be within 1, feet of one another, or within the historic districts, where both are. After nine months in business, their landlord told them they had to leave because the building was foreclosed on.