Lusty for the Ladies? Worker-owned strip club still open, but needs your help

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Bright lights, nice boobs -- but for how much longer?

I have to apologize for not frothing up the waters with my own account of everyone's favorite (and only) worker-owned strip club the Lusty Lady being in peril of having to shut its doors. I was gallivanting about on a world tour -- find my list of illegal places in Berlin to trespass on here -- and re-emerged on this side of the bridge to hysterical accounts that the classic, unionized titty joint was going under.

It's no secret that the Guardian has a tawdry, longstanding affair with the Lusty -- so I made a quick call to long-time Lusty Lorelei. Upshot: the club is kind-of safe for the moment, but it's ready to grind it out for your singles.

"We would like to keep going, we would like to improve the business," Lorelei told me. "We are looking for investors, but if that doesn't work we'll have to look for buyers." Anyone willing to support their local, female-empowering, size-positive, all-inclusive adult club?

Here's what happened: the Lusty has been struggling with finances for awhile. "It's been funky and we just weren't doing that great," said Lorelei. The club has struggled, she continued, with perceptions that the private peep show booths were unclean, staff was unfriendly, and that dancers just weren't working it out enough. "You can't just go up there in your Payless heels and no makeup. Customers would come in and it would be like, sad trombone." 

So when a company called Millenium Group offered $25,000 for the beleagured club, some staffers thought their ship had come in. Not Lorelei. "$25,000? That's insulting. Really? We could come up with that!"

Nonetheless, a hasty employee vote was convened over email one weekend, side-stepping (Lorelei says) the informal co-op protocol that such matters necessitate a couple weeks for employee-owners to think them over. The Lusties decided against selling, and in the decisive moment many of the staff members who had been in favor of the sale split. 

Previous press accounts that reported that the employee-owners would be held financially liable if the club went bankrupt are erroneous, says Lorelei, who actually sees this moment of high drama as an opportunity. The mediocre service and hygiene reflected a complacency that a passel of new hires, she hopes the club has left behind. "The girls are hot, the theater is clean," she laughs. 

The club is looking into starting up webcam shows, and has already started offering lapdances at specified times. Some of the dancers have started up a radio show Wednesdays from 9pm to midnight on 107.7 The Bone called Ask a Hot Chick, a great customer interaction tactic. Check out the Lusty Lady's Indie Go Go page (side note: Kickstarter is not down with "adult" causes) to donate towards the club's continued existence -- the campaign will be active for the next day or so.

Or here's a better plan: head down to the club this weekend for the club's brand-new lapdance parties. You know the drill -- see you a sex-positive, well-proportioned hottie and let her take you for a spin in a booth. 

Lusty Lady lapdance parties

Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm-2am

The Lusty Lady

1033 Kearny, SF

(415) 391-3991

www.lustyladysf.com

 

Comments

Strippers should stick to stripping and let business people tend to the business.

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 10:48 am

Perhaps had strippers been running Bear Stearns or Lehman Brothers, both of those venerable investment banks might have survived?

Posted by marcos on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 11:30 am

intrepid reporter is back on the porn, pot and pussy beat in SF. Things were getting really worrisome there for awhile.

Posted by Troll II on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 11:52 am

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Posted by caitlin on Jun. 08, 2012 @ 8:34 am

Public art is a reasonable distraction, but the Dildoes and Drugs beat is where our Caitlin best serves the cause.

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 12:35 pm
Posted by caitlin on Jun. 08, 2012 @ 8:42 am

Apparently, loose talk of cannabis is too much of a hot-button issue for my network administrator, but thank you.

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 08, 2012 @ 10:19 am

They just do little shows for you behind glass?

Maybe they need to get a little more up close and personal. Those sketchy clip joints in the TL are still doing fine.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

so.. you mean like the lap dance parties mentioned in the story above..

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

They can touch you but you cannot put your hands on a dancer - and they have security to make sure you don't.

Posted by Troll II on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

Am I going to dump a Franklin on a chick I can't even touch? Don't think so. And that is the fundamental problem with a hooker-run whorehouse - they ban sexual activity on the grounds of political incorrectness, and then can't understand it when they lose money.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

I'm gay so I've never been but my straight male friends all tell me that's standard practice - no touching. It's sad straights have to even go to places like this when we gays can get it free any time of the day or night.

Posted by Troll II on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

where touching, grabbing and otherwise molesting is SOP. And that's my point - if you're going to open a tittie club then don't make it a political statement. Either let guys do what guys do or find another business.

Assault of sex workers is an issue but surely in a controlled environment like LL, the girls can be protected without sealing them off from guys. An alarm system with bouncers close by is sufficient. Or a few butch dykes close by

LL was a nice idea but was over-politicized - guys won't pay for a sham sexual experience - they want the real thing. If I want a lecture in politics from an ugly tattooed lesbian, I'll buy vegetables at Rainbow.

And yeah, I'm sure gays don't have this problem. You don't have to deal with overblown feminism.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

that puts off punters from going there in the first place shows how out of touch they have been.

Guys want to grab flesh - they don't want some lesbian socialist feminist being all high and mighty and telling guys what kink is OK and what is not.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

Touching girls for money is illegal, and the cops will shut the club down, you fucking idiot.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

There isn't a club I know of in SF where you can't touch girls and be touched by girls.

Your citing of some statute that is ignored doesn't change reality. Shut down that computer and actually get out here to see what the real world is like.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2012 @ 11:03 am

All over America, you can't touch dancers. Clearly the men posting here to complain about that aren't seasoned visitors.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 10, 2012 @ 4:43 am

every joint, and in some places everywhere. you cleady don't get out much or you'd know that. Lusty Lady has always had a "hands off" policy which has cost them.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 10, 2012 @ 5:18 am

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