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You’ve heard that Hakkasan at MGM Grand is big (80,000 square feet) and cost a lot of money (reportedly $100 to $200 million), but beyond that, isn’t it “just another Vegas nightclub”? Not exactly. “I think the customer is still trying to find their way around it,” says Neil Moffitt, CEO of Angel Management Group and HKK Hospitality. “The main room is such a colossal piece of real estate, [but] people are now starting to realize that there are many experiences within the facility.”
Here are a few things we’ve discovered at this hot new Strip venue:
• Hakkasan’s main club level was very carefully designed so that the DJ booth would be visible from virtually anywhere on that level. You don’t pay this much for talent and hide it.
• Those model servers on the main floor don’t just have one sexy outfit to wear. Or two. They have four—or more—changing for each of the resident DJs, at least one of whom, Steve Aoki, co-designed the uniforms for his nights.
• The third-level Ling Ling Club isn’t just a chill-out lounge or afterthought but a legitimate destination of its own (more hip-hop and Top 40 playlists). It hasn’t gotten as much attention, but several of the DJs on rotation there are names that would be heavily promoted elsewhere, like Questlove and Rev. Run.
• Unlike most other nightclubs, cocktails here get a lot more interesting than Grey Goose and soda. The Ling Ling Lounge is a legit mixology bar with original cocktails like the Saffron Poire (Hangar One spiced pear vodka, nashi pear, saffron, nigori sake, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Rouge and lemon juice) and guava bellinis.
• Feel free to help yourself to a VIP booth in the Ling Ling Lounge. Unless someone is occupying it, all the seating here is wide open. Always.
• Instead of including an outdoor area into its space (for complex reasons), Hakkasan brought the outdoors indoors with the Pavilion area, which offers a two-story waterfall and impressively lifelike foliage, along with yet another DJ.
• The main room’s TurboSound Line Array System is actually rated for a major concert arena. And even bigger deal: the lighting system is based around Robin Pointe lights from Europe. And it’s even done yet. “We have invested even this week in more lighting for the club,” Moffitt told us just before Memorial Day weekend.
• Got juice? No, we’re not talking about mixers or connections, but the fact that every VIP booth in Hakkasan has battery chargers that promise to fit “any cell-phone device imaginable” (according to AMG).
• Wondering where the mysterious fifth floor is? You’re not alone. It’s actually the second floor, devoted to private dining, which you might not have seen. Yet.
• Hakkasan Limited owns or co-owns 15 restaurants around the world. This is their first night club, but sequels and spinoffs are already in the works. “We’re currently building a beach club brand and a hotel brand,” Moffitt says.
By E.C. Gladstone . Weekly Vegas
Salon de Ning, Hong Kong is another salon, designed by Henry Leung. Inspired by an elegant private residence from a bygone era, Salon de Ning is a unique combination of clubby lounge venue, collection of travel mementos and objects d’art reflecting the glamour and style of the “Paris of the East”
The entrance of Salon de Ning incorporates traditional chinese elements, including a granite archway, black lacquered doors and brass door handles, setting the tone for the experience to come. Hence, it is music from the west that guests hear playing. Here, art deco, chinese and international influences fuse intro Shanghai’s own stylish mélange of east meeting west or “Shanghai deco”.
The main lounge of Salon de Ning is the site’s heart and soul. From the ceiling of the main lounge hangs a centerpiece chandelier that hovers above the dancer floor in the form of back-lit paintings created from multi-colored crystal beads. Each chandelier painting sits in its own frame, and represents an episode of Madame Ning’s life, including three “portraits” of the lady herself. Surrounding the main lounge are four themed rooms, showcasing a collection of objects and artifacts sourced during Madame Ning’s journey to different continents. The entrance to each private seating area is marked by giant picture frames, giving guests the feeling of walking into a photograph straight out of Madame’s glamorous life.
Peninsula Hotel. Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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Angels - Stringfellows
Standing proudly in the heart of London’s Soho, impressing with grandeur, sumptuous design and the most enchanting provocative girls. Angels is renowned for the WOW factor on every level. Set over three floors with luxurious VIP booths and VIP red rooms, Angels looks like a Moroccan Hareem. The perfect venue for mixing business with pleasure. Enjoy exquisite wines, vintage champagne and our delicious supper menu.
Design: Steve Howie Design, 1st Floor, St Georges House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY
Are you happy with your earnings? Of course not! How can you earn more? It’s simple, body language. Let’s face it except for size and color every dancer in the club has the same equipment. While some clients prefer blondes over brunettes and others prefer large breasts rather than small, all clients want a dancer whose body language says, “I want you!” So how do you say “I want you.” in body language.
Here are three moves that can definitely get the job done and make you more money. First use eye contact. Meeting the glance of a client, looking away then re-engaging is a sign of being interested and submissive. Men in strip clubs are sensitive to power issues. They are there either to claim power or yield it. Your initial approach should always be submissive. You can always turn on the aggressiveness once he has agreed to a dance and expressed his preferences. If you don’t utilize this approach you may hear the words that all dancers dread, “Maybe later.”
The second secret is to use your feet. Your feet are the most honest part of your body. Even though you have a beautiful face and great body people subconsciously notice if your legs and feet are pointed toward or away from them. Crossing your legs toward your customer will tell him he is the center of your universe. This puts you one step closer to his heart and his money.
The last secret is touch. We all know that touching dancers is not allowed in most clubs. However there are few, if any, rules about dancers touching themselves. It’s hard to believe but while your naked breasts and ass are certainly appealing to your client, it’s your hands that can drive him crazy. Men love movement. It stirs their primitive hunting instinct. If you’re not a moving target you’re not interesting. You want to use your hands to draw attention to key areas on your body. Running your fingers slowly up between your breasts finally reaching your lips sends a body language signal that drives men crazy. The same move from your ankles to your thighs will cause the same response. These actions create a mental trail or map for the male hunter that leads to a destination he hopes to reach.
These and many other simple body language signals can make you a top earner. After all it’s a business and to be successful you need to have the right skills. In my next article I will explain how strippers lose half of their income because of certain body language.
While this advice can help you in your career, body language is best taught and learned in person. Feel free to contact me for more information on receiving one on one or group training. Until then stay safe and let body language make you successful!
Leo M. Brown
Korean Room Salon girl's salaries investigated.
By Nathan Schwartzman
The Hankook Ilbo’s weekly magazine investigated the salaries and spending habits of Seoul’s vaunted room salon girls.
The number of people earning over 100 million a year is increasing. This is happening not just among executives in large companies but also among professionals and entertainers. To ordinary folk that much money seems like a dream. There is always interest in their fortunes and lavish spending. The media are always full of stories about the astronomical salaries of this or that performer, businessman, or broker, helping give rise to all that interest. The careers of one of this class are often gossiped about but their 100-million won salaries are widely known while their actual salaries are veiled and out of sight. We’re talking about those who work in the adult entertainment industry. The so-called “singing girls” — room salon girls — who work in this industry have never seen their salaries revealed even once. Their consumption of sports cars and brand-name goods surpasses anyone. What do they do and how much do they consume? Let’s take a peek into their books.
Women in the adult entertainment industry used to be considered shameful and limited by their youth. But now things are different. Regular women seek out the work themselves because they can enjoy an income and life that outstrips those of ordinary drudges. Even so, not just anyone can be the flower of the industry. These days being pretty and good-looking is not enough. Well, not really, but so-called “ace” women do make a lot more than others. In that world women judged to be aces become more famous and wealthy than average office workers can even imagine. So more and more women are knocking on the industry’s door. Some of them wanted to go into show business but didn’t like having their faces so recognizable and being in the spotlight, preferring to make money more freely and have a nicer life.
It is usually said that the adult entertainment industry is full of moneylenders. It’s not because of indebted customers. It’s because there are so many women who work there who need to take care of their credit card and loan debts to pay for luxury goods, food and drink and entertaining bills. Women enter the industry not only because they can easily make a lot of money but also in order to take care of debts. “While they work here they handle a lot of money and they spend a lot, too, and regular people look down on them. So in the end they quit, saying ‘all I learned is robbery’, and walk out, but also a lot of them come back or were just always stuck to these places.” Those are the words of our source at one such business. That may sound like an exaggeration but if you listen to what the people in the industry have to say, that is undeniably the true situation. The reason that women choose to work there is simple. They believe it to be the one place they can make a lot of money in a short time.
By breaking down their income you can immediately understand why they think so. In the case of high-quality, though not top 10%, room salons, suppose that one woman works there for three months meeting customers. She will make about 200,000 won per day. That’s the minimum she can expect on average not counting expenses like makeup, hair, clothing, and skin massages or letting customers keep a tab. If she works four days a week she will make 3.2 million won that month. The midpoint for higher salaries is seven to eight million won. Of course that figure doesn’t include the bills for the open secret of the so-called “second round”, and women at top 10% room salons are thought to make up to 20 million won per month.
A source at room salon G in Gangnam said, “if the girls who work here were being paid 3.2 million none of them would stay. Girls at good Gangnam room salons make at least 10 million a month. “Of course there are those who can’t make more than that. They have more off days than working days. So their salary goes down to 8 million won.”
Before going to work, girls at high-class room salons in Gangnam drop by the beauty salon. They may spend from 60,000 to 80,000 won each day on their hair and makeup. Most of them will sign a contract with the salon for two million won each month and receive some free services. That is as much as office workers make in a month, but they think of it as an investment. Their living costs are not small. The greatest number of them live in Gangnam. They live in old one-room apartments in Yeoksam, Nonhyeon, Cheongdam, and Samseong-dong. Many of them live with a friend or two in a one-room or an officetel, with a monthly rent of from one million to 3.5 million won, not including security deposit. Also, because they don’t cook their own food they order delivery or go out to eat, and those costs total one million to 1.5 million won each month. Transportation costs are also not inconsiderable. They tend to use call taxis rather than driving themselves. It can cost 20,000 to 30,000 won per day for those taxis, or 700,000 to 800,000 won a month. Their biggest expenses are clothing and handbags. They can spend two million a won a month on such brand-name goods and some spend tens of millions.
There are also their expenses for entertainment and leisure time. Spending time in host bars and other expensive drinking establishments stacks up their costs without limit. Bills for plastic surgery, leisure, makeup, and sundry others totaled up can easily cross 3 million won a month. When everything is put together the figure reaches an average of 8 to 9 million won per month and can reach 10 million. People in the pleasure quarters sometimes say this. “The result of spending ten years in this life is having plenty of bags, underwear, silicone, and sighs.”
One room salon fan noted sardonically, “regular, thrifty women with office jobs make two million a month and five years later they live in 18-pyeong apartments near Seoul. But the women who work in room salons make several times that much money and yet years later they still live in the same little one-room apartment. If you look at how much they spend you can clearly understand.”
Hybrid News Limited/asiancorrespondent.com
By Leo Brown,
You are the manager of a club and need to hire a new bartender, server, assistant manager, or security personnel. How do you know you are hiring the best person for the job? One way is to look for body language clues during the interview. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. When someone asks us a question our brains search for the answer. If we have the information our brains retrieve it and our eyes look up and to our left. When we try to invent or create information our eyes look up and to our right. This can be very useful to a manager during a job interview. If the candidate is truthful their eyes will look up and to their left when telling the truth and up and to their right when lying.
A person’s hands can also reveal if they are being honest. When we tell the truth we tend to display our palms up and open. When we tell a lie we tend to have our palms facing down or closed. It is always better to see these body language clues in groups of two or three to confirm your suspicions. You can create more clues by simply asking more questions and observing the candidate’s body language. There are many more body language skills a manager can use to hire the best person for the job. Learning these skills can make your business more successful by decreasing employee turnover and hiring the best person for each job.
I am always available to help you be more successful through body language. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Leo M. Brown
From: Road and Kingdoms
When Stu Irving’s restaurant closed last year, the chef started spending more and more time at No. 5 Orange, a gentleman’s club on the edge of Vancouver’s hip Gastown neighborhood. He would arrive early in the morning and stay long hours, leaving only after the last customer tripped out of the door, as the girls changed back into their sweatpants and wiped the glitter from their eyelids. But Irving wasn’t a client. He had been recruited to revamp the menu. News of this oddity—haute cuisine at a strip club—made for a brief media flash, but it’s worth a closer look. After all, there are some 4,000 strip clubs in the United States, and every day more and more unemployed chefs—many strutting out of culinary institutes. Why not pair them up? Especially because, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, chefs make a median income of just over $40,000, and dancers can make, well, a lot more than that. Canada is as progressive on stripper issues as anywhere (at least until they were until they discontinued the stripper visa). So I met up with Irving in Vancouver to get his best tips for making the strip/steak combination work.
Tip 1: Get Over the stigma
Irving won awards for his innovative cuisine in Vancouver at Wild Rice and later at Cobre, which he opened in 2007. His specialty was intense Latin American flavors: he was known for using 10 different kinds of chiles in his menu. But like many good restaurants before it, his had to close last year after its lease came to an end. The stigma of taking his skills to a strip club—even for what he knew was an interim challenge—could have bothered some, but Irving is tougher than most. He’s tall and tattooed and his business card reads “Unfrozen Caveman Chef”—a bit of humor about his rustic cooking style. He seems an unlikely type to worry much about wagging tongues. For him, the prestige is in the patrons: food sales have tripled over the four months he has been in charge.
Tip 2: Learn to cook for people who didn’t come to eat
Up until now, No. 5 Orange’s owners counted only on the girls to feed some very different appetites. “The expectations are very different,” says Irving, adding he’s only ever cooked for people who are stomach-hungry. “Eating isn’t why people are here, it’s more like an afterthought at this place.” The solution? Stick to very simple, well-sourced and straight-forward dishes. Surprisingly, he was able to keep the prices the same as the “mostly frozen and reheated nasty stuff” that was previously available at the strip club.
Tip 3: Revamp the kitchen first
Before he could put his new menu to the test, Irving had to deal with the kitchen. He had been given a tiny, grimy kitchen that would have given nightmares to health inspection officials. The first thing he did was to renovate the space. No need to amplify the ‘ick’ factor.
Tip 4: Do your prep work off-site
No. 5 Orange’s kitchen is a one-man operation, not designed to feed the 120 customers that can fit in this place. Irving had to find ways to keep up with the demand. “We had to make food in a commissary kitchen off-site” he says, “like the meatballs and things like that, which we would reheat for the sandwiches. It’s the way it had to be, but there’s no reason why that had to be a drop in quality. If you’re smart about it, you know how to do it, it works out well.”
Some people do find it awkward eating a big meal at a strip club.
Tip 5: Work the floor
Though he had to learn to work among drunk customers, Irving says he enjoyed the direct contact he had with the people who ate his food. He would walk around the floor during breaks and serve the food himself—a perfect way to get direct feedback. No word about whether they stuffed dollars down his apron, but the reactions, he says, were positive, from the staff to the regulars to the one-off visitors. Popular items at No. 5 Orange now include the Philly cheesesteak and the (suitably phallic) German beerwurst Reuben dog with Montreal smoked meat, sauerkraut and hot mustard.
Tip 6: Don’t interfere with the show
“Some people do find it awkward eating a big meal at a strip club,” admits Irving. Serving that meal to customers leering in what’s known as the pervert row or sniffers’ row (two delightful industry names for the seats closest to the stage) is equally fraught. “But some seats are in the back and the girls are just kind of in the distance, in the background,” says Irving. “So I think there’s an opportunity for everybody to dig in, feed both things—or just casually relax and enjoy it in a shadier part of the club.”
Tip 7: Get back into real restaurants
Irving’s new restaurant, Cuchillo, just opened at the beginning of August. It serves simple yet modern Latin American cuisine, flavors he’s been working with for years dating back to his during his days at Cobre. On the menu: everything from glazed pork belly with plantain chips and chicharrón to duck crackling tacos with roasted garlic and blackberry habanero jam. The reviews have been good and the opening is a success thus far, says Irving. But that doesn’t mean his strip club days are over. Every morning, he parks at No. 5 Orange, located just down the street from Cuchillo, and checks that everything is in order. He’s hired a cook in his stead, someone he trusts will keep his vision going and sales up. But he has no illusions about the one hard truth of cooking in strip clubs: “People are going there,” he says, “mostly to see naked women.”
Author: Pauline Eiferman is an associate editor at Roads & Kingdoms and a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and l’École de Journalisme de Sciences Po in Paris.
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Choosing the right club is very important for a dancer; I have been discussing many topics with some of my friends, associates and fellow club operators. We have spent hours pouring over deliberations and opinions about how to recognize Crappy Clubs. Here are some tips, which might alleviate some of the guesswork in order to help you …whether you are a new dancer or veteran, or if you want to open or improve your Club. Let me share with you some thoughts from a very good friend and colleague of mine, Janet Godkin:
One would think that one would know already if they own a crappy strip club. Well, they don't. The owner of a crappy strip club is sort of like the parent of big nosed, one eyed sloth; "he's so cute ...isn't he cute." Argh! Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, sure, but the ugly truth is the world is littered with crappy strip clubs - so let's do a quick evaluation to see if your club is CRAPPY & where it fits in. Got some Kleenex? You might get a little misty if I hit a nerve here.
Location, Location, Location; unless your club is located in an old British castle, a or on the back nine of a PAR 5, then there's no good reason why your club should be surrounded by highways & fruit trees. Unless your strippers moonlight as mechanics... then it’s probably a bad idea to open shop on rural, industrial property, or near warehouses, or auto body repair shops - that sort of thing. What surrounds your club or potential club? GOOGLE IT & SEE. If you zero in on a barren desert, and/or an industrial backdrop of some sort, miles from intelligent forms of life - this club's a lemon. These days no amount of naked, writhing, bodies will lure male hormones to make the trip. It's 2012 - men can simply stay home & GOOGLE porn - it’s cheaper than a DUI.
Is it clean? Nothing worse than a smelly, dirty, dark, smoky strip club. If you can't see or smell dirt right out of the gate, and you're completely unfazed by it, then go buy a pig farm or something instead.
Shoddy Branding; Just when I think I've heard it all I get bonked on the head with the worlds most ridiculous branding. For example: Bad Ladies in Greece. Really. C'mon- who's your target market here- and check out those ugly table & chairs! Then there's StarButts in Korea. WTF! And you know what I love about Chicas Locas (aside from the stupid name) is that it actually made it onto TheWorldsBestStripClubs.com list. Just a wild guess but it seems the webmaster of TWBSC isn't exactly doing a lot of homework -Chicas Locas license was pulled for dealing in illegal substances & sex acts. (Sloths.) I had to do a double take when the next one contacted me; I thought it must be a misprint - Chix on Dix. Anyway, blah blah blah, just stupid. Get a grip.
Got a License? Many a club owner comes up with cockamamie ideas to open in places where strip clubs are illegal, OR without a license at all. I promoted a fantastic new club which opened in Porto, Portugal a few years back. The owners spent 500,000 euro to refurbish an exquisite old disco into a swanky new gentlemen's club. By all accounts- these were good people- good location- lots of money- just they just overlooked one very important detail. Open, for all of what, a few hours, police stormed in & permanently shut the club down for having a disco license. It was a landslide loss in ONE NIGHT for these investors - for them it was worse than the Bear Stearns collapse. Aya ya yai.
Some regions either ban stripping altogether or are dodgy about the whole strip club license scheme; places such as Cayman Islands, Malaysia, Bahamas, Brunei, Singapore, Malta & Turkey - all borderline illegal/ dodgy- fegget about it.
Illegal Crap Google Strip Club Raids & the Internet will slap you with a cafeteria of links relating to stories about strip club raids...and the reasons for it.
Lousy Management. If you lack the effort and/or budget to hire, select and train the right people to run your strip club; you will reap the “non-rewards” of making that decision. Would you open a department store without the right staff and training? A law firm? McDonalds? I personally have had hundreds of meetings with club owners about the importance of budgeting for training efficient & qualified staff. They are still in business – turning a profit. The others, well, they are either driving in circles on an empty tank, out of business, or suffering like a clubbed seal.
An empty hand has nothing to give; the only way you're going to make money from strip clubs such as the ones mentioned above is if you charge clients & strippers 10 bucks a pop every time they whine & complain.
APENCA would like to add a footnote to Janet’s article: If you are new to the industry, want to avoid the mistakes listed above; you know you would never hire a plumber to clean your carpets; then hire someone with experience, who is a professional in the industry, or else align yourself and associate with a professional chain of club operators.
When you enter into the Gentlemen’s club industry, you have to put aside all that you have learned about strip clubs back when you were a guest; whether they come from China, America, or Mars, the staff and dancers behave in a different way than you are accustom to. Keep an open mind and enjoy your new business venture.
By Janet Godkin.
APENCA welcomes our new member. Janet Godkin. Janet is one of the best-known personalities in the Industry. She has worked with Club Owners and Dancers internationally, from Vancouver to Tokyo, from Mexico to Iceland. With 29 years of experience in the industry Janet’s opinion and articles are “a must read” for Club Owners and Dancers.
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I was visiting a club managed by a friend of mine. He had asked me to come and observe his staff and see if I had any suggestions to improve business using body language. Before long a beautiful young dancer approached and asked if I wanted a dance. I explained to her why I was in the club and she immediately sat down and began to complain how she was not making much money that night. She was very attractive and had a bubbling personality but said that customers rarely asked for more than one dance. She had no idea what was wrong. I agreed to observe her with a customer and quickly discovered the problem.
She, like many girls new to the business was relying on her appearance to earn a living. She wasn’t watching her customer closely and using his and her body language to her advantage. Many men will quickly see through insincere flattery and exaggerated compliments. She had no idea that body language was the quickest way to a profitable evening.
Body language creates a more intense sensual fantasy for the guest than words ever could. Body language conveys our feelings more effectively customer so the guest believes that they are center of attention and that the dancer really wants to be with them. Here is exactly what I did to help her.
We selected a gentleman who was not facing the stage directly. His body language indicated that he was somewhat shy. I instructed the dancer to approach him from his left side which caused his right brain (the creative side) to create an image of what might happen as she came closer. When she reached his chair she knelt down indicating submissiveness and touched the underside of his wrist as she introduced herself. Touching him on the wrist sent a suggestive message to his brain further enhancing the image he had already created, all without the dancer being crude or obscene. He immediately asked her to sit down and join him. Over the next hour he purchased ten dances, gave her a large tip, and she walked away with more money than she had ever made in one night.
Body language can be your key to success if you know how to use it. I offer customized programs to fit every need. Please feel free to contact me.
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