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Pink limo causes stir in Cary

Posted October 22, 2008
Updated September 24, 2009

— A bright pink limo parked at the Cary Towne Center has caused some complaints in the city that is known for its neutral color palette.

The limo is used by the Sweet and Sassy Spa for girls, which opened at the mall in May. Owner Brenda Sizemore said many refer to the business as “girl heaven.”

The limo transports girls to and from the spa. The vehicle’s bright color was selected because “that’s what little girls are all about – pink,” Sizemore said.

While customers may like the color, a handful of people complained to town officials and asked if the limo was violating any town code.

Town of Cary Senior Planner Dan Matthys said the vehicle is “in compliance” with the city’s ordinance.

If the vehicle were parked along a busy road, such as Walnut Street, the limo would be in violation of the town’s sign rules, Matthys said. The limo is not a distraction to traffic because it is parked far enough away from a main road.

A black-and-white striped Humvee used by White Tiger Taekwondo was found to violate the ordinance.

“The Town of Cary called it unprofessional, because we were on the main road here,” White Tiger’s Brad Bishop said.

Two years ago, the town started fining the company for illegal signage.

“I think it ended up getting around $2,000 a day,” Bishop said.

White Tiger never paid the fine and found a way to keep the vehicle from being a stationary sign.

“We move the vehicles around, so they’re never in the same spot,” Bishop said.

The Sweet and Sassy limo has a permanent parking space as part of the owner's lease.

The town has an ordinance regulating the color of business signs. It states “the use of high-intensity colors or fluorescent pigments is prohibited.” Because of that ordinance, Sweet and Sassy does not have a pink sign at its store. The ordinance does not apply to the color of the limo, however.


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  • GodBless Oct 23, 2008

    Thou shalt not go against the Cary-ites handbook!

  • gammasandi Oct 23, 2008

    some folks in Cary reeaally need to get over themselves-

  • Eureka Oct 23, 2008

    I think it was a smart idea to get a pink limo and place it where it is. I think this b/c look at all the comments and media attention this business is getting for having it. Whether it's good publicity or bad publicity, the fact of the matter is that it caught your attention and you now remember the name of the business.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Oct 23, 2008

    "I have no idea about any fines levied for unprofessional looking vehicles in Cary -- or anywhere for that matter"

    Well, try reading the article...it's outlined in there

  • GeorgiaPeach70 Oct 23, 2008

    I think this is rediculous...Don't people have anything better to do than complain about a car...In Georgia, where I come from, this vehicle would have been all over the news as something wonderful being introduced into the community...GET A LIFE, PEOPLE!!!

  • atozca Oct 23, 2008

    Only in Cary.... lol. I think I'll consider opening a cheese store in Cary.... I'll bet they need some to go with all that wine!!! LOL

  • SANDHILL Oct 23, 2008

    Some people in Cary would complain even if you hung them with a gold rope.

  • SaltlifeLady Oct 23, 2008

    People--we are in a recession, and you have nothing better to worry about than the color of a limosine? Get a life, whoever you are!

  • ifcdirector Oct 23, 2008

    Busy Bodies. Busy Bodies. Busy Bodies. Busy Bodies.

  • IzzMad2016 Oct 23, 2008

    I swear .... if I ever find out who this "handful" of people are that started this .......... Show yourselves! And then meet me in the parking lot behind Mimi's -- we'll rumble and then have dinner.