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RCI Hospitality acquires Scarlett's Cabaret

RCI-ricks-logoOwners of Rick's Cabaret club chain announce $25.95 million acquisition of Scarlett’s Cabaret Miami

HOUSTON—May 9, 2017—RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RICK), which also owns and operates the Rick's Cabaret club chain, has announced the $25.95 million acquisition of Scarlett’s Cabaret Miami, considered one of the best gentlemen’s clubs in the country.

The 25,000 square foot Scarlett’s is located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami in a high visibility location right off the Hallandale Beach exit of Interstate 95, the major north south highway through Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

“We’re excited about Scarlett’s Cabaret Miami joining our portfolio of high-quality clubs in key markets," says Eric Langan, RCI President and CEO. “It is a different kind of venue, combining a high-energy Miami/Las Vegas style nightclub that attracts both male and female customers for drinks, dining and dancing, with a high-end gentlemen’s club, featuring beautiful entertainers every night," Langan adds. "Scarlett’s also tends to attract a different clientele from our 74,000 square foot Tootsie’s Cabaret, which is five miles south, making the two clubs complementary to each other."

Double Dee’s Ranch & Saloon’s

dees-outsideGrand Opening celebration

Over a year after it was featured on the cover of the Club Bulletin, the massive 20,000-square-foot adult nightclub/restaurant complex Double Dee’s Ranch & Saloon enjoyed their Grand Opening on November 11th.

Is it a country & western bar with live entertainment and line dancing? Is it a five-star restaurant with three separate menus? Is it an upscale adult nightclub that boasts a state-of-the-art sound, lighting and visual experience?

Rubberdoll Rules at the EDI East

EDI16 east 0572 at Monroe’s of Palm Beach

The fetish superstar takes the EDI East’s Champion Division, while Miss Mena wins the Showgirl Division and Penny Poison takes the Newcomer Division

June 10th, Clearwater, FL: The industry’s top feature entertainers from across North America came to South Florida last week to vie in the nation’s premier, invitation-only showgirl competition, the Exotic Dancer Invitational(EDI) East. Hosted by Monroe’s of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, the three-night event was held June 2-4 and showcased 20 contestants in three divisions—Newcomer, Showgirl and Champion. By the end of the event, three competitors shined the brightest: carnival act and alt-model Penny Poison was crowned Newcomer Division Winner; popular fire-tamer Miss Mena was honored as Showgirl winner, and Rubberdoll, the renowned fetish model, danced away with the Champion Division’s title.


invitationalsEast2016-2smEXOTIC DANCER INVITATIONAL EAST 2016 TO BE HELD AT eD's 2015 "FEature" Club of the year, Monroe's of Palm Beach

Returning for its third straight year as the premier, invitational-only feature entertainer competition, ED Publications, producer of the EDI (EXOTIC DANCER Invitational), has announced that the EDI East 2016 will be held at Monroe's of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, June 2-4.

The EDI goes Mile High

edinternationals3-1EXOTIC DANCER Invitational West 2016 to be held at Platinum 84 in Denver, April 21-23

January 8th, Clearwater, FL: Returning for its third straight year as the premier, invitational-only feature entertainer competition, ED Publications, producer of the EDI (EXOTIC DANCER Invitational), has announced that the EDI West 2016 will be held at Platinum 84 in Denver, April 21-23. The EDI East 2016 will be held June 2-4 (location TBA).

Once again, the industry’s top feature entertainers will compete for top honors in three divisions, including the hottest “Newcomers,” the more established and successful “Showgirl” features, and the prestigious “Champion” Division, reserved exclusively for previous ED's Entertainer of the Year nominees/winners and past EDI Showgirl and Champion Division winners. For the winners of the EDI’s “Champion” Division, this honor also includes an automatic nomination for the prestigious ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year Award and the opportunity to perform on stage at the Annual ED’s Awards Show during the 2016 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in New Orleans (August 7-10 at the Hilton Riverside). 

“We have found a very enthusiastic ‘partner’ club for the EDI West with Platinum 84, and we couldn't be more excited about bringing our contest to the Mile High city and a great venue,” says ED Publications’ Associate Publisher Dave Manack, founder and producer of the EDI contests. “Platinum 84’s Scott Richter and the staff at the club have already shown us that the EDI West will be a can’t-miss industry event. April can’t come soon enough!”

The 2015 and 2014 EDIs were full of perks and surprises, including special travel bags with the EDI logo loaded with free gifts for the competing entertainers, and guest judges including members of the popular rock band Steel Panther. Even more surprises are in store for 2016!

Feature entertainers! If you’re interested in being considered for the 2016 EDI contests, contact EDI Producer/ED Publications’ Associate Publisher Dave Manack at dave@edpublications or ED’s PR Manager Kristofer Kay at, or call the ED office at (727) 726-3592. Much more information, including extensive coverage of the 2014 and 2015 EDI contests, titles that are offered, etc., can be found on

Carol Doda,

Dodawoman who popularized topless dancing, passes at 78

 She and her silicone-enhanced 44DD breasts, known as the "Twin Peaks of San Francisco," made her performances at the Condor Club famous
 Her entrance each night was about as "grand" as a performer could imagine: She was brought to the stage at the Condor Club in San Francisco from above, as she danced atop a white grand piano while it was lowered from the ceiling. While she was attractive and a talented singer, it was a wardrobe suggestion that would catapult her to international renown. Davey Rosenberg, the club’s publicist, purchased a “monokini” swimsuit by Rudi Gernreich (which, unlike today, meant that the breasts would be fully revealed), the avant-garde designer, and suggested, “Try this in the act.” That was June 19, 1964, and the reaction was overwhelming. Not only did it usher in the era of topless clubs, it turned Doda into an overnight celebrity.

Portland's strip club haunted house!

hauntedhousead copyIt's been called the first "strip club haunted house" in Portland, Oregon—one of the largest club markets in the U.S.—and the Spyce Gentlemen's Club is taking advantage of the Halloween holiday by spooking patrons with the "seven deadly strip club sins."  Spyce DJ Dick Hennessy is the mastermind behind this ghoulish display, which is housed in the old-fashioned upstairs room in the Chinatown-area club.

Headquarters Celebrates 10th Anniversary Bash Thursday, October 8

HQ-christy-mack-10yearChristy Mack Hosts Event in Historical First-Ever NYC Appearance!

NEW YORK (October 1, 2015) — Headquarters Gentlemen’s Club in New York City will be celebrating ten sexy years of being the city’s premiere hotspot for men, women, and couples Thursday, October 8. Adult entertainment icon Christy Mack will be hosting the event.

Funeral strippers?

funeral strippersNow we've heard it all!

We've heard of hiring strippers for bachelor parties, divorce parties ... all kinds of parties, really. But funerals—really?

Apparently, those wild and wacky Chinese folks do exactly that, at least in some rural areas of the country. According to recent reports, China's Ministry of Culture is trying to put a stop to this unusual practice.

In remembrance:

rob-carprioRob Caprio

Club industry veteran owner and operator passes away at 55.

On January 1, 2015 the adult industry lost one of its finest. The news was received with shock and disbelief. “It isn’t possible” were words repeated across South Florida. Robert Caprio, 55, was a partner in the Booby Trap chain of night clubs and a very popular owner. Immediately upon the onset of the news the mourning began on the social media. Lisa Smith, house mom at the Booby Trap Doral posted the following, “Gone but never forgotten! Genuine truly defines you. How one man has positively touched so many people’s lives is unheard of these days. But you did it. A legend is what you are. RIP BT’s Pappa Bear. I love you!”  
Bo Yazdanfar. Bobby Trap Pompano’s manager, wrote, “Everyday that I worked for Rob was a scary experience; I swore that it was the day I was getting fired (lol). He demanded excellence and without compromise. He was all business on the floor. I’ll always be indebted to him for truly teaching me my trade in his own special way. ”


robert-allenby-respondsGolfer Robert Allenby's great "strip club lie"

 Guys lying about being at a strip club is nothing new. Happens every day, right? Well, the "strip club lie" usually doesn't go as far—or get as weird—as it did recently with pro golfer Robert Allenby. The Aussie has been ranked among the top 20 golfers in the world and has won several PGA tour events throughout his lengthy career. After missing the cut in Honolulu at the Sony Open on January 16th, Allenby and his caddie went out for a drink at the Amuse Wine Bar. Well, more than a drink. Drinks ... apparently, lots of them. Later that evening, surveillance cameras showed him stumbling out of the wine bar with a group of people that he allegedly didn't know. Where did they go? You guessed it—a strip club! 

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