The co-owner of a new “adult club” in West Chester wants to clarify misconceptions about his establishment and allay the concerns of local businesses and residents.
Melissa Warren said she and co-owner Eric Adams have operated a similar private club in Fort Wayne, Ind., since 2011 and have been “model business owners with absolutely no problems needing any police intervention.”
“Our members are of high standards and never create an issue for neighboring businesses,” Warren told the Journal-News a day after the owner of a nearby day care expressed concerns about the club opening nearby and shared her belief that it could bring crime, prostitution and pornography to the area.
Warren emphasized The Champagne Club is a private, members-only club, which cannot be accessed by walking in off the street as a non-member.
Because club hours start at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, the location will not be open for business during the day and should in no way impact day care facilities or any other daytime business, she said.
There won’t be a “Champagne Club” sign on the outside of the club, only an address number, Warren said.
“During the time of day a customer would visit any business along Harwood Court, they will only see a non-descript building just like any other business in the area,” she said.
In addition, the club’s owners won’t be distributing any type of flyers, handouts or materials promoting the business, Warren said.
“Our member’s discretion is very important to us so we do not advertise through mainstream media in any way,” she said.
Warren described the business as “primarily a social club for like-minded adults,” one that does not provide live entertainment or hired performers.
“We are a social club with a dance floor, tables and chairs exclusively for our members,” she said.
Warren said The Champagne Club does not sell alcohol and won’t be applying for a liquor license. Instead, members may bring their own alcoholic beverages.
“We employ licensed, trained bartenders who closely monitor the alcohol intake of our members,” she said, adding that they also clean off tables, wash glasses, dispense soda and juice and provide garnishes for drinks. “If anyone is unable to drive, our security staff calls a cab or our shuttle service shuttles them back to their hotel.”
The club also has a strict drug policy and does not permit any illegal activity, including drug use, on its premises, Warren said. Any member caught violating the policy will be banned from the club immediately, she said.
Video devices are limited to standard security cameras of the parking lot and lobby and no member may use cameras or cellphones within the club area, Warren said.
Warren said the club’s Indiana location worked hand in hand with nearby businesses, as well as the home owners within the community.
The business also works with area hotels and restaurants where its members lodge and dine during their visits to the club.
“Our members infuse thousands of dollars into the local community each and every weekend,” she said.
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