A FOND FAREWELL TO CUPIDS CABARET
WARM WELCOME OF “LIFESTYLEZ”
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Bowing to pressure from
Officials, the World Famous CUPIDS CABARET prepares to change from
Florida’s only nude male strip club to a new nightclub venue with an
emphasis on celebrating all “Lifestylez”. Long known for
bringing in the hottest male dancers and porn stars from around
the country, Cupids now finds itself caught up in the pressures of
a conservative county government and plans to change the venue
rather than close its doors. As of
30, 2007 Cupids Cabaret will no longer offer all nude dancers, but
rather it will change names to Lifestylez and offer an
alternative nightclub experience to the
West Palm Beach club scene. Brandy Powell, Cupids Owner will remain the
owner of the new venue and she stated “I am very excited about the
new venue and I look forward to welcoming all my loyal Cupids
customers and new customers to Lifestylez! At Lifestylez, we will
celebrate inclusiveness and give our customers a friendly and fun
place to come out and celebrate with us!”
I sat down with AJ Cross the General Manager of the club to
bring you the details and to dispel the rumors that have been
flying about the club for some time now.
GIO AJ, thank you for taking time to share with the readers
the latest information about Cupids and the upcoming changes to
It's my pleasure. I think
the community deserves to know what is going from the horses mouth.
GIO There have been many rumors about Cupids closing because
of a State crack down on nude dancing or other reasons…what is
really going on?
It is not so much the
state. Palm Beach county, after seven years of allowing Cupids to
operate as an all nude male strip club, has now decided that it is
not in the county's best interest to have an adult industry
business in operation.
Brandy Powell, Cupids Owner will remain the owner of the
new venue and she stated "I am very excited about the new
venue and I look forward to welcoming all my loyal Cupids
customers and new customers to Lifestylez!"
GIO Can you share with the readers why Brandy (Cupids Queen B
and Owner) decided to change the club format from Naked Stripper
Bar to a Dance Club with Go-Go- Dancers on boxes?
Brandy and I made the
joint decision that it was much too costly to continue to fight
the court battle over our right to conduct our business as we have
for seven years. We also decided that if it was a gay issue
motivating the county, then we were not going to just lie down and
close our doors. We talked in great detail about some options and
decided that an "Open to All" dance club was the right move to
make. West Palm needs a fun, fresh new social environment and
we're going to give it to them
GIO What is the format going to be for the new venue and are
you going to change the name from Cupids?
The new format starts with
a new interior image. We have put in a new large dance floor, new
performance style stage for some of the performers we are planning
to book. The new LIGHT
is amazing. It feels like there are thousands of lights all over
the place. The sound system is being updated and will include
wired music. We are introducing live music and percussion on the
weekends as well.
We will also have
hours and days of
operation. Open 5 days a week Wed-Sun from 9 PM-5 AM. Finally, the name Cupids will be put into the hall of
fame for gay night clubs for all time. The new name of the club
will be called....LIFESTYLEZ
To All Lifestylez"
GIO For all the loyal Cupids customers that have come to
expect a certain type of entertainment, what can they expect from
this new club that will keep them coming back?
They can expect a CLEAN,
dance club with courteous happy staff, great drinks, awesome music
and fresh new social events.
We will have an official 18-21 Party that will be
insane and fun and welcome to everyone...Over 21 will never pay a
cover on that night (which is huge news for Cupids, which has
always had covers on every night) 18-21 pays $7.00 Cover and must
purchase 2 Drink Virgin Drink Tickets @ the door.
No ID No ENTRY
"At Lifestylez, we will celebrate
inclusiveness and give our customers a friendly and fun
place to come out and celebrate with us!"
will be an anything goes Talent Contest for dancers, singers,
poets or even physique. $50 cash prize
will be just a great night for everyone to come and dance all
night long. $12 cover gets you a free drink ticket as well.
will be an amazing LATIN night with live percussion bongo player,
Salsa, Meringue, Brazilian sounds, and Tropical sounds. There
will be a dress code on this evening and once a month we will book
a live Latin Band, and we expect great success on this night
will bring Misty Eyes up to the club to host a rising star drag
competition with performances by Misty and special guests. $50
Cash Prize & other prizes plus chance to win a booking to perform
at the new club. NO COVER FOR ANYONE ON THIS NIGHT
GIO Cupids has long been known as the “Home for the biggest
names in Gay Porn,” will the new club still bring in big name porn
stars to entertain your guests from time-to-time?
You never know what will
happen. But we will attempt to be a fun place for everyone,
regardless of sexual orientation, color, or anything that might
keep people apart. We will no longer be an adult entertainment
based club, so our booking money will most likely be used for live
bands, good marketing, and incentives for customers such as prize
money and customer awards programs.
GIO As you know, I was in the club this past weekend for the
Bo Dixon appearance and you have made changes to the interior by
removing the old stage (in the center of the room with the dancer
pole) and replaced it with a dance floor. It looks awesome in
there! What other changes is the club planning?
Well I talked about some of the changes already. Some of the
other things we are planning will be announced on the
GRAND OPENING on
Independence Day Eve.
GIO Change is often times a scary proposition. What do you
consider the biggest risks and rewards from this change?
I think that we have to
support our Gay Owned or Operated establishments and work within
the system, even if it is dead set against us being successful,
like in the case of Cupids. My fear is that the gay community
will see our change as an abandonment of some kind when in
actuality, we are changing in order to maintain our presence and
to keep providing a place for people to have fun, express their
individuality and even sexuality without judgment. Hopefully, we
will succeed in becoming a great hotspot in
Palm beach in our new capacity. We our dedicated to keeping
things fresh and new. The only reward will be everyone saying
they had an amazing time at the end of the night.
GIO When will the club officially change over from Cupids?
Our last day of operation
as Cupids will be
Saturday, June 30 and
we will be having a huge party to say good bye. We will be
inviting everyone to come say good bye and will be auctioning off
Cupids memorabilia for charity.
July 3 will be our huge
and we are currently working with Pride Radio 99.5 and Clear
Channel to air live from the new club LIFESTYLEZ on that evening.
I am currently negotiating live performances for the evening as
well. We will showcase our new light show and sounds that will be
heard at the new club.
GIO For those reading this outside the Palm Beach area, what
will make your club different and attractive to bring people from
the greater Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area up to the new venue?
Well, the Latin night will
be a huge success as our research has indicated a very strong need
for such an evening. We will book amazing Salsa and Meringue
Bands and introduce other live music performers. Many people had
fears about coming to Cupids, but those fears can go away, because
LIFESTYLEZ will be a classy, clean, fun club for all lifestylez.
GIO Anything else you would like to share with the readers?
COME SAY GOOD BYE to one
of the most famous strip clubs in the country, Cupids Cabaret. We will be inviting many of the Porn Stars that have
graced our stage for our last night as Cupids on June 30. We are not giving up or going away without a fight.
Come support the club that has been there for your entertainment
for over 7 years.
will be amazing and we want to invite everyone to come and see the
new club, and party all night. We are inviting local and national
celebrities’ club owners, managers and staff to see what we hope
will be the hottest club in W. Palm Beach!