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Club Bulletin March 2015 67 www.theEDexpo.com GETTLESON: I get more Black and Hispanic customers. I get younger customers, and people with a little more disposable income. In the last few years, we've noticed a lot of women coming in. Some come in by themselves or as couples, more as dates. Either way, they throw a lot of parties and they get into it! This type of entertainment has become more acceptable to the average person. Years ago, the average couple wouldn't be caught dead in a place like this, whereas now it's common, less sinister. The perception of dancers now is that they're women who've chosen this career, or it's a stepping stone to something else. ED: You've attended several Gentlemen's Club EXPOs. How has the event helped you and your club? GETTLESON: I've been to 20 Gentlemen's Club Owners EXPOs. At the first, there were only a couple of lawyers, some guys selling garter belts, girls dancing on stage and a few guest speakers. Today, it's the Consumer Electronics Show of our industry. Owners and managers should attend, with a couple of your key staff members. If you learn one thing, it will pay for the trip. ED: Do you do special events at Fantasy Island? GETTLESON: We've tried almost anything you can imagine, but I'm not in favor of them. I circulated a memo to my managers explaining that we do what we do. We have nearly 5,000 feet of club space. We have girls on stage and doing dances. We sell drinks and some food. We don't do bar mitzvahs, weddings, tattoo shows or mud wrestling. Every time you come here, you're pretty much getting what you got last time and what you'll get a month from now. Some clubs have wet T-shirt night, college night; I have Fantasy Island Night, every night of the week. We have a separate room for private parties that is often rented by TV, movie and video producers who want to shoot an adult club location. NYPD Blue shot there, and an Obie Trice video, "The Setup," was very popular. They painted the bathroom green for the video and now I have one of the most famous johns in the hip-hop world! Larry Kaplan is the Legal Correspondent for Exotic Dancer Club Bulletin, Executive Director of the ACE of Michigan adult nightclub state trade association and a consultant in the sales and purchase of adult nightclubs and adult stores. Contact Larry Kaplan at (313) 815-3311 or Kaplanclubsales@gmail.com. Every time you come here, you're pretty much getting what you got last time and what you'll get a month from now. Some clubs have wet T-shirt night, college night; I have Fantasy Island Night, every night of the week.

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