Closed: no more Pocket Rockets from The Crypt
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The Crypt, a sex toy/fetish shop at 3847 Park Boulevard, has shut its doors. Today an eviction notice was seen on the front door of the establishment.

The “pay rent or surrender possession” document indicates that Crypto Technology Corp. owes landlord Park Boulevard Associates a total of $12,311 for unpaid rent (August and September), plus late fees. The September rent by itself was $5582.

The Crypt was a member of the Hillcrest Business Association, said executive director Benjamin Nicholls on September 18. “It's disappointing to see such a neighborhood staple go out of business,” Nicholls emailed. “I had hoped that they would be able to take advantage of the general revival of Park Blvd. that is going on around them.”

The Greater San Diego Business Association, the gay chamber of commerce in Hillcrest, does not show The Crypt nor Crypto Technology Corp. in its membership directory. The Crypt's website, is a dead link.

The Crypt is also the name of a similar store at 4094 30th Street, in North Park. A phone call to their number did not go through.

The Salespider website says the president of the Hillcrest business is Alicia Gervasi. Estimated store revenue was $340,000. Intelius reports Gervasi (also known as Alicia Saunders) is “operations manager” at Crypto Technology Corp.

According to the California Secretary of State website, the agent for service of process “resigned on 08/03/2015.”

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SanCarlosGuy2001 Sept. 18, 2015 @ 5:44 p.m.

I wonder if this type of business is on its' way out with so much available on the Internet and television. Or, maybe for this business it was the location and ever increasing rents.


dwbat Sept. 18, 2015 @ 5:52 p.m.

Yes, it's certainly easy for adults to buy their toys online now, along with videos. That's why F-Street on University Ave. in North Park shut down last year. Maybe The Crypt's site will eventually become a high-rise apartment like the new one down at Park and Robinson.


AlexClarke Sept. 19, 2015 @ 5:44 a.m.

Sticks and stone may break my bones but whips and chains excite me. (sorry I couldn't help it)


dwbat Sept. 19, 2015 @ 8 a.m.

Maybe in the future you'll be able to buy these more-mainstream novelties at Target or Kohl's.


AlexClarke Sept. 19, 2015 @ 4:59 p.m.

As with many big box stores I am sure that the day will come where one can find an isle with "adult toys" in them . Who will be first? Considering the products that were previously available Walmart should jump on it first as their customers would most appreciate it.


dwbat Sept. 20, 2015 @ 6:48 p.m.

That will be OK, as long as the Walmart employees don't do any product demonstrations!


dwbat Sept. 19, 2015 @ 9:11 a.m.

To Garay on Facebook: Rents have gone crazy in Hillcrest/NP. I wonder how long the big former-Wang's space in NP will remain empty? Perhaps City Heights will become the new "North Park" since commercial/residential rentals are cheaper there.


dwbat Sept. 20, 2015 @ 8:48 a.m.

To Mark Li on Facebook: I won't ask which products they carried were "smaller versions." ;-) And while I can't verify the following information, there are comments on Yelp that The Crypt was not paying all its vendors. That could indicate the business was failing.


Andy Boyd Sept. 21, 2015 @ 11:05 a.m.

If anybody knows a contact there I would love to buy that little trail bike they had in the window.


dwbat Sept. 21, 2015 @ 12:13 p.m.

My guess is that they're hiding, since creditors may be lining up to get paid. You might try mailing a letter, and see if it gets accepted (or is "returned to sender").


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