I write quite often about new businesses opening whether it be retail, restaurants, or professional. The one I am reporting on today is kind of unique.
In the ten years that I have served as the business editor, I cannot recall writing about a new lounge opening that did not serve alcohol. The New York Lounge is slated to open in Statesboro at the end of February, and indeed, it will be a nonalcoholic lounge.
Owner Victoria Bradley-Gibson is a native New Yorker who moved to Statesboro 13 years ago. She said nonalcoholic lounges are very common in New York City, and she has missed that since moving here.
"They are extremely popular in the city, and there are a number of them," she said. "They are places where people dance and socialize. The only difference is there just isn't any alcohol being served or consumed on the premises."
The New York Lounge will be located in the Southern Heritage Plaza which is on Highway 67 South across from the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. Bradley-Gibson said the 3,000-square-foot lounge can hold as many as 162 people.
"I really wanted to create a place for adults to go where they wouldn't see their college age children," she said. "Every time we go out, we run into the college crowd, and that's fine. I have a son that attends Georgia Southern. I just thought it would be nice to have a place for people in their 30s, 40s and 50s to go."
The lounge will be open Wednesday through Sunday. The hours of operation are slated to be 6-10 p.m., with the exception of Friday and Saturday when the hours will be extended to midnight. No food will be prepared on the premises, but will be provided through caterers. There will be a $10 cover charge to enter.
Bradley-Gibson said plans for the lounge have been "in the works" for the last year.
"I am so excited that we are getting close to opening," she said. "I placed an ad for a cashier and a security guard and received 216 resumes. I was astounded."
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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