Monday, September 05, 2005
Labor Day Weekend Rehash
This weekend saw a lot of tourists in town. Unfortunately, a lot of people felt the gay bars and clubs here are getting staid (and the drinks expensive!). The one bright spot was Arena. Though even Arena didn't have any kind of show, nada. Though Arena is at least attempting to spice things up. The music is great and if you go on Saturday nights, you get a ticket for free entry and a drink on Sunday. None of the gay bars/clubs here are doing anything to entice people to come in and spend money, in my opinion. The whole scene needs a shake-up. One of the prevailing sentiments that I have heard this weekend is "the DR is getting tired, I need to try some other places for vacation." That is not a good sign.
I think the business owners here are finally starting to get that you have to offer drink specials, have nice shows, make sure the music is together, otherwise tourists are going to go elsewhere. To that end, Jerry and David, local business owners, are opting to put together some entertainment for the Thanksgiving weekend. Offering drink specials, parties and dinners. It is definitely a start and I hope it can grow and offer other things to do at different times of the year. For more information on what's happening Thanksgiving weekend check out http://www.thanksgivingsdq.blogspot.com.
I am seriously thinking about throwing a big party that weekend. Something with beautiful strippers, drag queens, lap dance room, the works. Something has to be done to pull us out of these doldrums. I will keep you posted.