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A Fantasy Come True

dean-gettleson2Dean Gettleson, owner and operator of Fantasy Island in Los Angeles, shares some of the trials, tribulations and triumphs he has experienced over the last two decades as an adult club owner.
As an attorney in general practice since 1975, Dean Gettleson has long represented boxers and boxing promoters and has himself been a boxing promoter. But in 1994, one of his clients, who had rock and dance clubs, opened an adult nightclub, Fantasy Island, with some partners. There were very few adult clubs in LA then, and Gettleson went into the venture initially as an investor, but soon became the owner and operator of the venue—without any more experience than a previous investor in a rock club. But he learned quickly.

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Are you considering remodeling your gentlemen’s club? Confused about which project should be your first priority? Should it be your bar, lobby, stages, champagne room or VIP room? What about the locker room? Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger—Cabaret Design Group’s Rick Uzubell has your answers, and offers tips on how to create multiple revenue streams and projects that will make you the most money from a club renovation.

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In remembrance:

in fred spears1William “Fred” Spears

The well-known club operator passed away at age 59 on October 4, 2013, and is celebrated here in an “open letter” by his friend and fellow adult club executive, Jimmie Ellis.

The foundation of my education in the adult business began in the 1970s with The Dollhouse, and so many years with you, Fred. I am forever grateful for so many things, big and small. I am well traveled and find myself in many markets, but it is near impossible to walk into a club and not think of you when I see the influences and flavors established by The Dollhouse so many years ago.

Ken DeGori

nov13 so ken1The ED’s 2013 General Manager of the Year reveals the secrets to his nearly three decades of award-winning success.

With his athlete’s physique and boyish good looks, it’s hard to imagine that Ken DeGori has been working in the adult nightclub industry for nearly 30 years. Yet, the breadth of his experience—and his success—are undeniable.  The 2013 winner of the ED’s General Manager of Year Award has managed and/or has been the director of operations at several clubs across the country throughout his career, including the Gold Club in San Francisco, a nominee for the ED’s 2013 Overall Club of the Year Award, and the Penthouse Club in San Francisco, winner of the 2013 Club of the Year/West Award.

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