Gentlemen’s clubs often make most of their money after dark.
But on Monday, a local club is hoping to cash in on the two and a half minutes of morning twilight that will accompany the total solar eclipse.
Northern Dreams is hosting a weekend of “adult-oriented camping” – where people can pay to park a camper or pitch a tent on the club’s grounds and experience the eclipse from its location north of the city. People can also pay to park in the club’s lot to witness the moon as it swings in front of the sun Monday morning, dimming the skies above the city.
However, those looking for salacious daytime entertainment all weekend might want to look elsewhere.
“We have our strippers in here in the evenings, but during the day, (people are) just going to be camping,” said Ed Rojas, who has owned Northern Dreams for 16 years.
He does plan to open the club at 10 a.m. Monday — just in time for the eclipse — and will open a few hours earlier on Sunday as well.
Some of the dancers, he said, will sport eclipse- and solar-themed outfits over the weekend in the outpost about 10 miles from the city.
Rojas said he saw homeowners and businesses in the city and state treating the eclipse as a moneymaker and decided he should do the same. He’s never done it before, but he applied to host 15 sites for camper-trailers on Northern Dreams’ property and received the permits on Tuesday. He’s charging $100 per night for self-contained camper sites and $50 for tents. As of Friday, he hadn’t had any takers, but he was still optimistic.
The location is ideal because it affords views of the mountain, he said, and light pollution out that way is limited. “The only thing I have is my big sign, and it’s not going to block much,” he said, referring to the hand-painted Northern Dreams sign that rises above the parking lot and is visible from the nearby highway. “I think they’ll have a perfect view out here.”
Rojas will open the campsites Saturday and have them available through Monday. He plans to spend the weekend at the club, supervising the festivities and ensuring that people have what they need, such as access to the restrooms.
He hasn’t encountered much resistance, though his neighbors have asked him to display a sign that says fires aren’t allowed, which he plans to do.
Regardless of whether anyone reserves camping spots, he hopes the weekend will be a boon for business.
“I expect it to increase, yes, but I don’t know how much,” he said. “I’m hoping tenfold.”