The Playground, Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's new vision for the struggling Pier Shops at Caesars, includes a variety of exciting shopping and live entertainment plans. 

But the services that will not be allowed at Playground are also getting attention.

According to Reuben Kramer's article in the Press of Atlantic City, the lease between Blatstein and Caesars Atlantic City forbids a random mix of businesses from opening at Playground.

This proposed tenant list is being modeled on the King of Prussia Mall in suburban Philadelphia, according to lease papers filed in federal court in Illinois, in the bankruptcy case of Caesars Entertainment's main unit.

Here are the businesses or services on the banned list:

  • Pornography.
  • Palm Reading and Fortune Telling. This one just is not in the (tarot) cards.
  • Phrenology. I had to look this one up. Phrenology is defined as "the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities". No biggie, here. The study of the cranium doesn't seem like something that would draw a crowd on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
  • Pharmacology. Does that that rule out a CVS at Playground?
  • Massage, "other than fully-clothed, open-room, chair massage". Again, no big deal. If you are really in the market for a naughty massage in Atlantic City, you'll be able to figure out someplace else to find that service.

The first phase of Playground is expected to open 4th of July weekend.