Coffee and cake isn’t what most people would associate with a lap dancing club.
But enterprising bosses at Preston’s Perfect 10s have branched out into the tea shop market, to combat the dwindling evening trade in the city.
The problem isn’t the club, everybody loves it, but it’s the fact people used to go out all week but now it really is just Friday and Saturday night.Director Barry Hastewell
Bar 10 has now opened below the Lune Street gentlemen’s club, offering coffee, cakes and sandwiches, in an attempt to boost the business while the club is closed.
Director Barry Hastewell said: “The problem isn’t the club, everybody loves it, but it’s the fact people used to go out all week but now it really is just Friday and Saturday night.
“So we had this huge building that stood empty all week.
“We have to pay huge music licences, and the rates are the same if you’re open seven days a week or three days a week, so I thought what can I do.
“So we turned downstairs into a coffee shop.”
The coffee bar, which opened last week, is already attracting interested customers, and Barry said all the produce was freshly, locally made.
He said: “It won’t please everybody, we will get people still being a bit prudish about it because it’s under somewhere that at the weekend it is what it is.
“But on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the club is completely closed and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday I’ve said the coffee shop has to be closed at 6pm and Perfect 10s doesn’t open until 8pm.
“It’s underneath what you associate with Perfect 10s, but it will never clash with it.
“It is a completely new, separate business.”
The 38-year-old runs the lapdancing club and the coffee bar, and also works for a demolition company to boost funds.
He said: “I work for a demolition company through the day.
“Business is so hard now that’s how my life has worked out.”