THE opening of the Private Lounge in Bulawayo has transformed the once quiet part of the city into a hive of activity during the night as most hookers who used to ply their trade between 9th and 14th avenues have shifted base and now operate in the proximity of the new night spot.
Private Lounge is located down town at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Fife Street. The joint opened its doors with its popular raunchy dancing routines for the first time in the City of Kings and this has brought some momentous shifts in the city's nightlife.
A snap survey by Sunday Life soon after the launch of the club last week showed that streets leading to the venue have suddenly been graced by parades of nocturnal socialites.
Perhaps buoyed by last year's landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court which made the arrest of suspected sex workers for loitering an illegal act, suspected hookers have somehow found it easy to shift base.
Previously the concentration of commercial sex workers was mainly confined between 9th and 14th avenues where most nightspots are concentrated.
Men alike have of late been enticed to the new venue as they want to have a snap of the erotic dances displayed by new pole dancing in the city.
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While the ladies of the night could have been attracted to the joint by the number of potential clients who are patronising the new joint, the owners of the place have also put an extra effort in ensuring that it's attractive.
The old adage which says attracted by the bright city lights came true as hordes of people on the occasion of the launch could be seen thronging the venue to witness the inaugural kick-start of the much-hyped pole dancing.
Bulawayo is also colloquially referred to as Blues and this was true as the bluish rays emitted by the now spectacular beam of rotating flood lights filled the skyline of the city on the top of the one of Bulawayo's oldest hotels.
Not to be left out are downstream business partners such as taxi drivers, vendors and even criminals as they have opportunely embraced the new baby in town.
Bhekumusa Nhlambelo, a taxi driver who plies his trade around the place said business was now brisk.
"If these people had come a long time ago we could own houses by now. Business is excellent, it cannot be better than this.
They know what they are doing," said Nhlambelo.
Michael Chinyame, a vendor, said it was unbelievable that people were suffering from a cash crisis considering the way they flocked to the new venture.
"I could not believe that there is no money in the country. The manner in which people thronged this place was just unbelievable. There were all sorts of luxurious and executive cars which were parked around this place, to me it's an indicator that people have money as opposed to what has become the common talk," he said.
Private Lounge spokesperson Tatenda Gwatidzo said they were not worried about the competition posed by other nightspots.
"We are not really worried about how other clubs are doing because we are having our own concepts which we are building our clientele base around. We are strictly a strip club that offers an adult form of entertainment that is not found anywhere else in Zimbabwe," said Gwatidzo.
Gwatidzo said pole dancing was introduced in the country about five years ago.
"We started doing it slowly because we are a conservative society and now we are on expansion drive to bring it the four corners of the country. But when you go to places like South Africa, you will meet a lot of Zimbabweans in such places which shows that people like the acts," he said.
He added: "Basically pole dancing is self-defining. There are certain routines girls do using the pole while they are wearing lingerie and in some instances they will be off the pole."