Tampa Area Strip Clubs Getting Ready For Republican Convention

Never say that Americans lack the initiative to go out and do what they need to do to make the big bucks:

Strip clubs may not be the most politically correct venue for those attending the Republican National Convention, but that doesn’t mean Tampa’s well-known adult hot spots won’t be ready for the influx of visitors.

One place is bringing in a stripper who looks like former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. There are major renovations taking place. And some nude clubs have already been giving potential customers a taste of the talent online.

“Not only can you see the dancers on the stage and in the dressing room, you can also talk to them in an online chat room,” said Don Kleinhans, owner of the 2001 Odyssey on North Dale Mabry Highway.

By the time the RNC begins in late August, Kleinhans hopes out-of-towners will have already formed attachments to his dancers from watching them online through the Club Cam System, which the 2001 Odyssey developed.

Customers pay $4 a minute to chat on top of the monthly $19.95 membership.

“Basically, what you see in a bricks-and-mortar strip club you can now see live on the Internet,” Kleinhans said.

One of the dancers, known as Go Go, hopes the software will lead to a profitable August. She chats a few times a week.

“Guys I meet online feel like we have a relationship,” she said. “If someone came to town, you only had them the short amount of time … and had to part ways. Now you can still make money off them.”

Thee Doll House, on North West Shore Boulevard, doesn’t have webcams but its dancers are also planning to cash in during the convention.

Thee Doll House recently underwent a $1 million renovation and plans to bring in a Palin impersonator to entertain customers.

God bless America.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes,
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Businesses don’t become successful businesses by accident.

  2. mantis says:

    “Guys I meet online feel like we have a relationship,” she said.

    Man, this stuff just creeps me out. For the dancers, for the guys, for everyone. The whole damned thing is just creepy. I get the whole bachelor party thing; get drunk, go to strip club, party, wake up with hangover. I find it pretty gross and not at all sexually appealing, but I get it. But when you start talking about “relationships” between strippers and johns-er, um, customers, that’s just weird. There is an episode of South Park that gets into the topic, without the online component (which makes everything just worse, really).

  3. Damon says:

    This is the Family Values party, right? So I can assume all this work is for naught because the pure and godly republicans don’t do this stuff…

  4. grumpy realist says:

    …and on the Fourth day of the Convention, did the Strippers throw open the doors and invite everyone to a huge party. And a multitude of attendees did thus attend. And hijinks ensued….

  5. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Damon: Some blog (I don’t remember which offhand) documented the very large increase in M2M “dating” posts on Craigslist during the 2008 Republican Convention in NYC.

    I can’t wait until they crash Grindr.

  6. al-Ameda says:

    Thee Doll House recently underwent a $1 million renovation and plans to bring in a Palin impersonator to entertain customers.

    This almost … almost … makes me want to go to the ‘Convention’.

  7. DRS says:

    I love Go Go:

    One of the dancers, known as Go Go, hopes the software will lead to a profitable August. She chats a few times a week. “Guys I meet online feel like we have a relationship,” she said. “If someone came to town, you only had them the short amount of time … and had to part ways. Now you can still make money off them.”

    Looks like the kind of gal who’d do well at Bain Capital. She’s got the private equity point of view down cold.