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January 4, 2012

Beleaguered Stillwater strip club reopening with new name, new management

STILLWATER, Okla. — The former Doll House strip club east of Stillwater will reopen next week with a new name and new owners — one of whom owned a strip club in Stillwater several years ago.

Blue Diamond Cabaret will open Jan. 13, new owner Jerry Elledge said. He and his wife, Amber Duval-Elledge, will operate the business as part of LAJJ Inc. According to the Oklahoma Secretary of State, the business was registered to Amber Duval Dec. 28, 2011.

The venue at 7320 E. Sixth Ave. will remain a strip club, Elledge said.

“It’s already set up for that, designed for that, and that’s what I want to stay with,” Elledge said.

He said he’s changing the name to be discreet. Elledge said he doesn’t want to offend anyone, including children who might pass by in cars.

Elledge, of Choctaw, is no stranger to the adult entertainment business. He owned Sunset Strip at 6925 W. Sixth Ave. in the 1990s when he was still a college student, he said. He has about 15 years of experience as a strip club owner and manager.

Elledge said he plans to request a license to sell low-point beer from the Oklahoma Tax Commission today. Blue Diamond Cabaret will not sell liquor, he said.

Elledge said he isn’t concerned about violent fights that have occurred outside the Doll House or former club owner Ernie Bales’ contention law enforcement was unfair in dealings with his business.

“I talked to one of the deputy sheriffs and he was very receptive ... that was in the past and we’re a brand new business, so I’m hopeful we’ll have a bright future in Stillwater,” Elledge said.

Elledge said the deputy told him he stopped by the club because he saw a car he didn’t recognize in the parking lot, and he wanted to make sure it wasn’t a burglar.

“I appreciate that,” Elledge said.

Stabbings in the club parking lot in May and in October resulted in criminal charges.

Then-owner Bales told the NewsPress he shut down the club Dec. 23 when Payne County sheriff’s deputies confiscated the venue’s license to sell low-point beer. Deputies took the license after they found liquor in the club even though the establishment was not authorized to serve liquor, according to a deputy’s report.

Bales said if liquor was at the club, customers brought it in. It was not sold from the bar, he said.

Bales contends conflicts with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office took a toll on the family, convincing him he should sell the business.

The Doll House opened in January 2010, according to news reports.

Elledge described plans to keep the new club safe and to discourage illegal activity.

Extra lighting and eight security cameras have been installed outside the club, and he hopes to hire security officers certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. People 18 and older may enter, but to prevent minors from drinking in the parking lot, security won’t allow patrons younger than 21 to reenter without paying a second cover fee, the new owner said.

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