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Sex Doll Business

The home-based business House of Dolls opened in December 2018, renting out nights with anatomically correct TPE silicone sex dolls.

Fervor, both positive and negative, followed, with business owner Kristen Dickson doing numerous media interviews after her company’s website launched, crashing several times due to traffic overload.

However, by March 2019, House of Dolls was no longer operating in Kamloops, as unrelated personal issues led Dickson to move to Calgary – taking the dolls with her – and putting her business on hold.

Catching up with Kamloops this week in recent days, Dickson described her short time in business in Kamloops as “amazing.”

“I had quite a few clients and I had several repeat customers,” she said.

Dickson said she was doing about 15 deliveries a month, describing her Kamloops clientele as 70 percent male and 30 percent couples.

She said many people were simply curious about the experience, noting that the silicone dolls were still in good condition when she picked them up in the morning.

“People were very respectful,” she said, adding that she was surprised by the support she received for the business when it first opened, as she expected more criticism.

“A lot of people said it was a great idea, so I was pretty proud. I expected worse,” she said.

Dickson had considered franchising her business, but abandoned those plans because there was more curiosity than commitment. At that point, she said, it was an overwhelming prospect.

“People were contacting me like crazy across the country. I even had people in the U.S. contacting me about opening a business there, but it was too much, too fast,” Dickson said, noting the media attention – which began with a Nov. 21, 2018 story in Kamloops this week. – was intense.

“My father-in-law was in Ottawa and read about me and had no idea,” Dixon said with a laugh.

Although Dickson’s business is currently on hiatus, she plans to reopen it at some point in her Alberta home.

Dickson’s business license from Kamloops City Hall was considered a rental agency for adult novelty items.

Dickson delivered the dolls to his customers rather than have them patronize a “brothel” type of business, which the City of Kamloops would consider a body rub parlor, a type of business prohibited in the tournament capital.

As a rental agency, as far as the city is concerned, what people do with the items in their own homes is their business.

The city’s business license inspector, David Jones, told Kamloops This Week in November 2018 that, in the rental category, House of Dolls would be treated no differently than an entrepreneur creating a business renting out bouncy castles.

Dickson said she hopes someone else will follow her lead and open such a business again in Kamloops.

“There have been a few who have tried the brothel-type idea, but they don’t seem to last,” she said.