The Lodge is unlike any club I have ever experienced. Check out these local commercials.
From a dancer’s perspective, if I lived in Dallas…. I wouldn’t want to work anyplace else! Much of my opinion is due to the positive reinforcement strategies that owner, Dawn Rizos implements throughout the club. For example, there is NO HOUSE FEE for entertainers who arrive to work on time at 6pm. Dayshift entertainers not only pay no house fee, but are also fed a catered lunch by the club’s Five-Star Restaurant. I had the lobster bisque and crab stuffed halibut; it was delicious!
There is also no mandatory required tip-out to support staff. This concept was difficult for me to wrap my head around at first (social capital is my best friend at Treasures in Las Vegas.) However, the club is structured a bit differently. Instead of “bouncers” and “VIP Hosts,” The Lodge hires managers who are paid a nice salary with full benefits. Before my shift, the night manager sat down with me for a 20 minute interview before I was allowed to approach the customers.
“Do you do this with everyone?” I asked.
“Absolutely, I want to make sure you are an entertainer, not a stripper” he replied.
Entertainers are rewarded for selling club merchandise, champagne, and VIP memberships through an in-house point system. There is a full service salon upstairs, in addition to the make-up artists and hair stylists who work each shift. The Lodge also awards a full college scholarship to one lucky entertainer EVERY YEAR!
Ok, enough about the perks! The club itself is huge. The main room is decorated like a hunting lodge. The Library is decorated….like a library of course. The upstairs VIP lounge is available only to VIP club members and is decorated like the restaurant in Casa Blanca. The downstairs VIP lounge is just off of the Library. I like how each room has a distinctly different vibe. I also like how I can work one room for an hour, then go to another one and customers say, “Where have YOU been?”
Apparently The Lodge is where the celebrities go when they are in Dallas. Marilyn Manson tipped me $20 while sitting next to the stage in The Library. I would have never recognized him. He’s not a bad looking guy once you take off the scary black and white face paint.
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