The closing of WeHo's Circus of Books, and adult bookstore that has sat on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Jolla Avenue for nearly 60 years - Behind which sits the legendary gay cruising grounds known as Vaseline Alley has been referred to as "the end of an era." The store and the building is occupies, have been owned by straight couple Karen and Barry Mason since 1982. In their long stint operating the West Hollywood location, they have sold everything from pornographic magazines and videos, poppers and various "sex sundries" to non-porn magazines, books and "smoke shop" accessories. It was also a popular cruising spot for the area's gay men for decades. At one point there was a store in L.A.'s Sherman Oaks neighborhood, which closed in the late 90's. A secondary brick-and-mortar Circus of Books in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood, open since the mid 80's, closed in August 2016. It, too, was replaced by a marijuana dispensary. At the time, Karen Mason told curbed, "The business model we've used for the past 30 years is just not sustainable anymore." Though the new tenant hasn't yet been confirmed, Mason has said a marijuana dispensary is preparing to move in following the obtaining of a cannabis license through the city. She and her husband need around a month to clear out of the space. In previous interviews, they have commented on their business facing tough times due to the proliferation of online stores, free internet porn, and a growth in app use among gay men worldwide. - Stephan Horbelt (Hornet.com - Dec. 4th 2018)
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