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Club Cabaret / Heartbreakers, 800 Bush River Road: 1 March 2014   8 comments

Posted at 1:00 am in nightclub

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I'm sure someone will mention what this building was originally, bu the first specific memory I have of it is from when it was Club Cabaret. Like Heartbreakers, Club Cabaret was a strip club, but it had a much nicer roadside sign. It was a neon sign, and I wish I had taken a picture of it. As I recall, it was a very well executed portrait of an attractive woman's face underneath an elaborate and colorful hat. It was not, in fact, something that leapt out and said 'strip club', but on the other hand, in Columbia you probably couldn't put up a similar sign that did. I'm not sure when Club Cabaret closed. It was still listed in the February 1997 phonebook, so I'm guessing in the early 2000s.

After Club Cabaret, the place became Heartbreakers. I'm not sure if it was affiliated with the Platinum Plus chain from the beginning, or if it was bought out sometime later, but clearly by the time the owners made their deal with the City to close this club in order to be able to keep Platinum Plus in its current location, they were sister businesses.

The original plan announced was that Heartbreakers would move to the old Diamond Disco / Southern Gentlemans location on Old Dunbar Road. In fact, if you look at that post, you can see the new neighbors namechecking the club on their signs. At some point though, that plan went by the wayside, and the Dunbar location will be called Platinum West and will be a BYOB/full-nude club. I suppose that location is far enough from the other Platinum location so as not to cause confusion using a similar name. At any rate, I suspect the plans for the Heartbreakers staff and equpment aren't affected by not carrying the name over.

But as of now, this is Where the girls aren't.

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Written by ted on March 6th, 2014

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8 Responses to 'Club Cabaret / Heartbreakers, 800 Bush River Road: 1 March 2014'

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  1. For the life of me, I cannot remember what was originally in this building. I hope someone out there can chime in because it's bugging me...:^).

    Alter Ego trendy street and club wear, hmmm, that should fit in well with all of the other 'urban' store that are rampant in that area.

    The only reason I would visit the new location would be to see how they turned that dilapidated, rotting building into something presentable. But the again, why would I want to drive out to east Egypt with my own booze and pay ungodly prices for the mixers just to watch a bunch of snaggle toothed, cross eyed bimbos gyrate on a pole and then drive all the way back across town.

    Homer

    6 Mar 14 at 2:49 am

  2. Before it was Heartbreakers it was called 'The Trophy Room,' and--and this is a fuzzy memory--it seems as though a previous business might have actually been a real 'trophy' business, as opposed to a showcase for surgically enhanced trophies that come in pairs.

    badger

    6 Mar 14 at 7:00 am

  3. In the 70's, it was Jaws restaurant.

    jonathan

    6 Mar 14 at 9:16 am

  4. I am thinking at one point a Chinese restaurant?

    mike

    6 Mar 14 at 9:47 am

  5. Yes Mike it was a Chinese restaurant! It was Royal China for many years and the Scottish Inn was right next door and the Firefighters Association was in one of those buildings next to the restaurant and they would call for various concerts at the Township! One year they overbooked/oversold tickets and they had to close their business down! I saw many concerts there-John Conlee twice, Roddie McDowell an Elvis Impersonator, a 50's show with Joey Dee and the Starlighter's, the Lovin' Spoonful and Gary Lewis and the Playboys!

    Patrica Lewis

    6 Mar 14 at 10:42 am

  6. @jonathan - now that's a name I haven't heard in a while. Didn't they have a sign/logo that was reminiscent of the original 'Jaws' movie????

    Homer

    6 Mar 14 at 11:34 pm

  7. According to the 1976 phonebook, Jaws was on Knox Abbott. Did they move?

    ted

    6 Mar 14 at 11:51 pm

  8. There was a Jaws over there. I used to eat there when I was going to the Airport campus of Midlands Tech. I don't recall if there were any more in town or not...

    Homer

    7 Mar 14 at 12:41 am

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