If you’ve ever walked down Queen Street, chances are you’ve stopped and stared at the Condom Shack.
It's risque windows, large animated condom and colourful walls are hard to miss. But unfortunately, the days of passing by it on your morning commute, or stopping by for a naughty purchase or two, are coming to an end - today.
Toronto's most iconic sex shop is closing down today after 25 years of selling adult toys and novelties on Queen West.
The sad news broke earlier this month, when a For Lease sign and a pretty sad looking condom could be seen in the store window.
"Yeah, we're bummed, too," a sign posted to the famously colourful store's front door read. "Thanks to our customers, neighbours and community for the past 25 years of support and friendship. Long live the Condom Shack."
The reason for the closing is due to "high commercial rent" and the minimum wage hike, among other factors, according to reports.
And customers are sad to see it go:
the condom shack on Queen West is closing at the end of the month due to rent increases. im so fucking distraught. we keep losing these iconic Toronto shops to fucking developers.— harpz (@isthatharper) January 27, 2018
Condom shack is closing?!?! The Toronto I knew and loved is truly dead.— Kate Reid (@attemptress) January 24, 2018
An Iconic store will soon be gone. Toronto's condom shack has rent increases which will leave it erectile dysfunctional.— Ross Rants (@RossRants) January 23, 2018
I'm so sad to hear that Condom Shack is closing down. It was the first ever location I properly got to check out in downtown when I turned 18 and when I was starting to explore my sexuality.— 💙 A Kris For Tam 💚 (@TampireSucks) January 17, 2018
Toronto's Gentrification truly sucks.
Say goodbye to the Condom Shack, friends. It's the end of an era.