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Nude club shakes up Cary's staid image

Posted October 31, 2013

— Known for its beige homes and strict signage rules, Cary is taking it all off, allowing what some say is the only fully nude strip club in the Triangle.

Pure Gold has operated an adult entertainment club in Cary for 20 years, but management said they needed to change the business model to stay competitive in a lax economy. So, the owners surrendered their liquor license this week, which allows them to get out from under state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission rules.

Now, instead of performing topless, dancers at the North Harrison Avenue club can be fully nude. Also, the club is allowed to stay open until 4 a.m. instead of closing at 2 a.m., and customers can bring their own beer or wine – liquor with an alcohol content above 15 percent is prohibited.

"If you give them a reason to come and see something they can't get anywhere else, you're going to get people from all walks of life," said Phil O'Donoghue, owner of the Kuttin Edge barber shop across the street. "If nothing else, sex sells."

Teddy Tivnan, Pure Gold's regional manager, said the nude dancers remain on stage, and there's no contact with customers.

Pure Gold club in Cary Club owners hope naked bottoms improve bottom line

Club owners hope the changes cut operating expenses by 30 percent, Tivnan said, with the majority of profits now coming from the cost of admission instead of alcohol sales. Admission prices are higher for customers who bring their own drinks.

Raleigh attorney Chad Essick, who represents Pure Gold, said the owners notified Cary two years ago about their planned changes, and the club continues to comply with applicable state laws and local ordinances.

A Cary spokeswoman confirmed that Pure Gold is complying with local regulations.

Some local residents, however, wish the club would return to its more modest format.

"I don't think it's a good thing at all," Joette Winberry said.

O'Donoghue, isn't as critical of the switch.

"I'm just surprised they're allowing that to happen in Cary, more than anything else," he said.


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  • Krimson Nov 6, 2013

    >"And Harrison's Bar and Grill has excellent food!"

    >>"If you are referring to the place below , they have closed. New management and the food stinks.

    Dang! Its been a few years since I've been over there... I always liked that place...

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 4, 2013

    place was packed with cars this weekend…lol...

  • kikinc Nov 1, 2013

    I don't know....college student and minimum wage job where you have to work 40 hours, or college student and job where you work 2 nights and make a couple grand? It's an easy choice for some people. I decided to bartend through college, but that's not for everyone. If those girls want to take their clothes off, go for it. There are a lot of lawyers and doctors who got to where they are by way of stripping.

  • European American Nov 1, 2013

    I made some very good positive comments.

    Yeah, while talking down to women. Thanks for being so positive.

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 1, 2013

    "They are better off doing waiting on tables, taking a course to get a better job"- many girls do this because they ARE in college, getting a degree. They make GREAT money per the hours worked and can still go to classes during the day- there is no way they could afford to do that working a minimum wage job and Walmart or at the mall. Yeah, they may not put it on their resume when they apply for a job later, but that is their business, as long as it's legal, more power to women to make choices for themselves.

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 1, 2013

    "There are better jobs than doing this"- true, but are they available? What do they pay? Many women get into this job for the simple fact they can control their hours, their time and money easier than say a job at McD's where they get minimum wage and maximum grief from the public.

  • Brian Jenkins Nov 1, 2013

    If all these ladies had respect for themselves, they would never stoop that low and find themselves naked in front of a bunch of old "silly men. They are better off doing waiting on tables, taking a course to get a better job. But a job is better than what she is exposing herself too.

    Yea wait tables for $2/hr and a few tips. Or dance for 8 hours and make $2000. That was before the club was full nude.

  • 678devilish Nov 1, 2013

    Same thing can be said about the people posting here.

    I made some very good positive comments. So what is your negative thoughts? I am standing my ground.

  • European American Nov 1, 2013

    don't matter, they should not be doing that PERIOD! They are disgracing themselves and have no respect.

    Same thing can be said about the people posting here.

  • 678devilish Nov 1, 2013