Brushstrokes to replace portion of The King and I

By on January 22, 2013
Brushstrokes Atlanta

Adult store to expand retail footprint in Ansley Park.

Brushstrokes Pleasures adult store announced in a press release Tuesday plans to expand its Ansley Park location.

The adult store will take over a portion of the space formerly occupied by the King and I Thai restaurant in the Ansley Square shopping mall this March, according to the release.

“We’re very excited to add 500 square feet to our Pleasures shop and will implement a new layout with new product in the expanded space,” Mark Jackson of Brushstrokes said in the release.

The combined stores will total 7,000 square feet of retail space.

About Caleb J. Spivak

CJS is the Founder of What Now Atlanta. He was recently featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch in 2012," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA was named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.


  1. urbanist

    January 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Keep it classy Atlanta, keep it classy…

  2. Lisa

    January 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Might want to clarify that King and I is not closing – just reducing space.

  3. dave

    January 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I agree with Urbanist. Does the entire city have to be one big strip club/porn stores? How about a museum? Or a bookstore? Or a place where someone can actually learn something? Not everyone in this city is into porn and churches. Is this all Republicans want in the 8th largest city in the country? No wonder this region is in so much trouble.

  4. Dave'sNotHere

    January 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm


    What the hell are you talking about? Sex shops are Republicans’ fault??? Seems to me that the citizens on both sides of the aisle are driving the demand.

    You and Slurpanist both need to get a life. Y’all sound like small-town bumpkins.

  5. Jason Greene

    January 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Is the King & I, totally closing? Or is it just that expansion space, they took over a few years back? The King & I was the first Thai Restaurant, I ever went to. That was probably 25yrs. ago. It has been an icon in the Midtown community.

    • caleb j. spivak

      January 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Jason, Brushstrokes is taking over a portion of the King and I space — roughly 500-square-feet.


      • Keith

        January 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        Hi Caleb,

        Do you know the difference between flare and flair? I think when you wrote about the Rose and Crown you confused the two words and their meaning.

  6. Urbanist

    January 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Yes – country bumpkins are often the ones that don’t like to see trashy adult novelty stores all over the city…that sounds right.

  7. Max

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Great for them. That is a company that has given more money back to its community then most other businesses could ever dream. They deserve all the success in the world.

  8. Mister No

    January 24, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Museum and bookstore? um maybe if it were 1990 but no.

  9. Tim

    January 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Good news! The King and I does not use their current full space, and Brushstrokes is a great local business. They have two stores in this location, one more for gifts and books, the other for more adult items. Interesting so may unhappy people on here complaining about businesses that are popular and provide a service for people to enjoy their lives more. Good luck to Brushstrokes!

  10. Dash

    January 25, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Brushstrokes is the gift store. Non-adult. They sell books, music, candles, housewares, greeting cards, etc. It’s an amazing locally gay-owned establishment that I have gone out of my way to do business with bc I appreciate how much they give back to the community.

    Their adult store right next door is Capulets. I’m assuming this is what is taking over the space in The King & I. As far as gay adult novelty stores go, believe it or not, I’m pretty sure that Capulet’s is the only one in Atlanta. So cut them a little slack. Also, it’s not like it’s in the middle of some Buckhead school zone. It’s in Ansley Mall, surrounded by about 5 gays bars, and the gayest L.A. Fitness EVER.

    I’m glad finally see a post where something is not closing down. I genuinely hope they do well in their new space.

  11. Dee

    February 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Business is expanding – stop bitching – no one wants whiney types in Midtown. Go complain in Sandy Springs where you belong – stay out of our part of town ;)

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