Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Slate: An Interview With The Owner Of The Sex Shop Next To Four Seasons Landscaping

Rachelle Hampton, Slate, November 9, 2020
When did you find out about the Trump campaign's press conference?

Bernie D'Angelo: I was inside and we didn't know what was going on. One of our customers said, "There's something happening, it looks kind of crazy out there." . . . I couldn't understand why they would bring something of this caliber to our location, because there's no real venue that would support something of this sort. We started seeing the sheriff's department, all the cop cars, trucks, looked like Secret Service or some type of security for Rudy, I'm assuming. . . . [W]e knew there had to be a screw-up somehow, because why would you pick a spot like this? And then when we heard it was the Four Seasons, I laughed. I knew exactly what it was then. . . . I can't imagine Rudy Giuliani . . . To think that he's in an industrial commercial area where there's no one here except a landscaping business and an adult bookstore and a crematorium across the street. There was no reason why they would be in this area. It's funny. I've stayed at the Four Seasons. I know the difference between the two Four Seasons. . . . What are the odds, you know? Donald Trump starts out playing around with Stormy Daniels, and next thing you know, one of his final hurrahs is going to be down the street from an adult bookstore that's been there for 40 years. You can't write this stuff. Basically, I was pretty much in awe of the funniness of the whole situation.

Have you seen any increased business after this?

Oh yeah. It's helped me out. Matter of fact, if I knew this was coming, I would have definitely got in touch with a web designer, and also [gotten] some silkscreen-type things, to just put on a shirt because my Fantasy Island Facebook page has been blown up. I'm past 7,000 people commenting on everything that's been going on. . . . People in the neighborhood forget about us because we haven't done any major, major advertising. We could never afford advertising like this. This is worldwide. I don't know if I'll ever trend like this ever again. . . .

How did you feel about the Trump people?

They were a little spicy, so to speak. But it wasn't that out of [control]. I think the reason is the location. You've got to really drive far to get there. . . . Nothing's really in walking distance there. People got to really love us to be down there. . . . 

What was it like being in high school, with your parents owning an adult bookstore?

I was the coolest kid in school. Plus I was cool anyway. Bit of a rock and roller, you know, kind of a rebel in a certain way. I was a little anti-establishment. . . . 

What are your bestselling items?

Oh goodness. We have things from Dick Rambone to a lubricant called FuckWater, to basic normal vibes, six-to-eight-inch vibes, multispeed, multifunctions. The Fleshlight, the Main Squeeze. And basically, we sell all types of harnesses. A lot of just normal-type vibrating things. Male enhancement pills, and female stimulation pills. And we even sell hand sanitizer and stuff because the times have changed at the moment. So we're following CDC guidelines.


Paul Hickman said...

Make Fantasy Island Great Again

So now we can't say Dump has No Achievements ..... by sheer incompetence he has 1 !

Too Priceless for words

laura k said...

Adding to what Paul Hickman says above, DT finally has contributed to the well-being of the LGBTQ community!

This was fun, thanks for posting.