Proposed Strip Club Opens as Nightclub Instead

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Pendleton County, W.Va. -- A proposed strip club is open Friday night but not as what was originally expected.

It is now a nightclub, after Judge H. Charles Carl III lifted an injunction that kept the business from opening. As such, the business will not be allowed to have nude or semi-nude dancers.

"I'm glad that I got it as a nightclub," said Robin Shifflett, owner of Golden Angels Cabaret. "At least I'm going to get some money back, as soon as people figure out I'm open."

She had to cover her dance pole with bows.

According to Shifflett's attorney, the county tried to have another order put in place so it could not open as a nightclub, but it did not work.

"I don't care if it opens or if it closes," said Trisha George, who lives in Brandywine. "I mean, a lot of people around here, they don't want it because of the reputation it will bring to Brandywine."

Shifflett, who has been a stripper for eight years, said she spent close to $70,000 on the proposed strip club and will not give up the fight for it, despite the backlash she has received on social media sites and in the community.

"I always said I'd never do this. I'd never be a stripper. I had always said that until I did it, you know. It was like, my kids got everything they needed," said Shifflett.

The single mom said it's a way to provide for her family.

Shifflett said she is expected in federal court in November to fight the county ordinance, which blocks her business from becoming a strip club. According to her lawyer, Floyd Kin Sayre III, a scheduling to decide the final court date will take place at the end of October.

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