2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Fairvilla Megastore

By : Jeremy Williams
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Fairvilla and the LGBTQ community have something in common: we have been open and honest about our sexuality long before the mainstream caught up. Fairvilla was established as a retail store in 1991; prior to that it was the location of an adult theater.

“It was a walk-in twin cinema and our owner Bill Murphy began showing some of the racier movies at the time,” says Debra Peterson, Fairvilla’s director of purchasing. “Then along came VHS and video rental. He started to see the transition taking place and that motivated him into retail. The next thing you know we have one of the largest big box retail stores that caters to adults in the country.”

Fairvilla has six locations throughout the state.

“We have the flagship store on OBT, one on I-Drive, one in Cape Canaveral, one in Key West and then we have two boutique stores —one in Kissimmee and one in Caliente Resort,” says Jacki Mick, Fairvilla’s social media manager.

Fairvilla is a multiple WAVE Award winner and a favorite among our readers, and it isn’t hard to see why: the community knows they are accepted here.

“The goal of Fairvilla has been to create an environment that is open and accepting to everyone,” Peterson says. “That means men and women, couples and singles, LGBT and straight. That’s what we have tried to do since the beginning.”

“We are so appreciative of our community support year after year,” Mick says. “Part of our goal is to be a resource for our community for anyone and that is something we strive to be every single day of the year.”

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