I'm planning to reopen a club that was shut down about a year ago. The club has been there under several names for 40 years. The good is that I can walk in to a ready made business. The bad is I'm walking into a ready made business with a reputation as a dirty (messy) club with poor management and at times so-so girls that has employed honey bees, wanna bees and use to bees.
I have a friend who stripped for 17 years who knows the ins and outs and is helping me with it so luckily I have that going for me. I'm looking for as much input or pointers as I can get from , owners, dancers, DJ's and customers on what you look for in a club and ideas I can use.
I have a few things to consider. The club I'm looking at is in a suburb that is about 10 miles from the city where there are some pretty big name clubs. The city clubs allow topless and touching laws are not enforced. In the suburb pasties and g string are as far as you can go and I'm going to have vice up my butt for a while to make sure all laws are being followed. I'm close to several hotels and the Interstate whihc is on my side and parking at my club is easy and safe opposed to the city clubs.
Obviously 95% of my income will come from Alcohol sales. In order to sell I need cutomers and for that I need some of the better looking dancers in the area. I planned to at least for the first 6 months allow the dancers to work without paying the club a fee. It is a small club 2300 sqft total. Should I have the Dancers pay a fee to the DJ and also pay the DJ? This is the area I really want some opinions on. Also would you charge a cover? I was considering charging a cover but at the same time including a free drink with the cover to stop window lookers from hanging out in the club.
Obviosuly I have the fine lines to grapple with of keeping a clean club while I'm under watch from Vice and at the same time creating a new image and being a club people both customers and dancers (since they go hand in hand) want to come to. Since it is my strong beleif that the dancers will bring me customers I think I need to make them a a real good deal as far as coming to work at the club. What are your thoughts and suggestions? What is the normal practice at other clubs?
Also for a small club can you all suggest a sound system with the DJ set up I should consider. I would also like to update the lighting to give a new appearance. All thoughts and ideas are appreciated.