Streetalk: What would life be without the Clermont Lounge?
Little Kathy: Very sad. I've been working here for over 20 years. I came here when I was in my 20s. I can't even imagine life without the Clermont. I've always had a positive thought that everything will work itself out and that we'll be OK. If there are new owners, they will take into consideration that lots of people love the Clermont. They come from all over the world. It's a landmark. We have girls from 21 to 60. Here, you really get to know the customer — not like the other clubs where they don't even remember your name.
Pink: Different. It's an institution, a rite of passage. For a lot of guys, it might be the first time they've seen a naked woman, or they might be going through something at home and they talk to one of the girls and might feel better. I've taken it in stride. It upsets me a little bit. We're a family. People care about each other. You don't get that in a lot of strip clubs. This place has helped me through a lot of tough times. The money is great and there's no pressure. I love it here.
Blondie: I'm not worried about it. The public would have a fit if this place was closed down. It's a monument. I'm very optimistic they won't close. If they closed, they'd just open somewhere else — but it wouldn't be the same. This is a very easy spot for everybody to come to. I just walked to work. And guys, when you sit around the bar and don't tip the girls, I'm disgusted by that. We give them a great show. I do a beer crunch between my breasts. I used to do it for $5 but I had to go up to $10.
(Photos by Jeff Slate)