June 3, 2023


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Political sign in front of treats business draws client support and grievances

Indicator in entrance of #Treats at 202 South State Avenue in Shelley. | Courtesy Stephanie Christensen

SHELLEY – A message in front of a Shelley business enterprise is acquiring a large amount of focus from clients.

The owners of #Treats at 202 South State Road are proudly displaying a indicator that reads,


The sign insinuates that Vice President Kamala Harris is a communist. Homeowners Stephanie and Flint Christensen initially posted it 3 times in the past. Stephanie tells EastIdahoNews.com the sign is an expression of their political sights.

“My spouse doesn’t like to be silenced. He was kicked off of Fb rather a few occasions, and not for something that was signify or derogatory. It is just that his beliefs have been not (aligned) with the beliefs of Fb,” Stephanie states.

Flint resolved to get off Facebook and switched to Parler. When Amazon eliminated Parler from its servers a couple of weeks back, Flint felt it was a case of unjustifiable censorship and he preferred to exercise his 1st Amendment legal rights.

“You can not censor a indication,” claims Stephanie. “(Biden) is continue to president. I’m not stating he’s not. We just don’t like to be advised that we can not say what we want to say.”

Customers feel to be supportive. Because posting the indication Saturday early morning, Stephanie suggests it’s introduced in new clients and she’s seen a 50% increase in enterprise.

“Everybody that has come in below has reported, ‘I enjoy your signal. Maintain up with it,’” she suggests.

#Treats storefront in Shelley. | Courtesy Stephanie Christensen

But one female, who needs to stay anonymous, feels posting the signal on a community sidewalk is offensive and inappropriate.

She forwarded us a letter she wrote to Shelley Mayor Stacy Pascoe requesting the indicator be taken out.

“Please inquire the owner of the business enterprise … to get rid of it immediately,” the female writes. “My county and metropolis taxes do not enable for this form of signage on a public sidewalk, allow by itself in front of a business enterprise!”

She further elaborated why she’s opposed to the sign in a discussion with EastIdahoNews.com.

“This is not a way to allow for our place to heal and go forward. There’s normally going to be dissimilarities, but if we’re going to come across frequent floor, insinuating that the vice president is a communist … is not the way to shift ahead. What do you convey to a boy or girl if they see that indicator?”

Nevertheless she is in favor of the Initial Modification, she feels there is a much better way of working out it. If nothing at all else, she’d like to have an open conversation about what is ideal to set on a public sidewalk exactly where men and women arrive and go.

Stephanie says the woman’s response is the first unfavorable feed-back she’s read about and she remains business on her selection to keep the signal up.

“(The increase in enterprise) is plenty of that my partner is not likely to consider it down,” says Stephanie. “I’m a conservative thinker. I never assume placing out a signal that states pray for any person is negative.”

#Treats opened in April of 2019 in a making previously occupied by a barbershop. It is identified for its variety of nostalgic treats this sort of as Abba-Zabas, candy cigarettes and Black Cows. The sweet cigarettes and the nickel nips wax bottles are among the the store’s most well known objects, Stephanie claims.