Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fantasy's on 5th, Anchorage

Anchorage Alaska conjures up visions of snowdrifts, and moose…but a lush flowering paradise with a kicking strip club? I do think so! While the first is true of the winter months, summer is alive with wildlife, fresh flowers, fresh seafood, and a really awesome nightspot called Fantasy’s and Elixir on 5th ave.
Upon arriving, after a very long flight, Mando picks me up in his very cool vintage car and tomorrow will be my first full day in the city. I wake up jet-lagged and need to run errands. D.C., manager and my helper for the week, comes to pick me up and the first order of business is coffee! We pull into the parking lot of the club and this is my first glimpse of the 3-story mac daddy building, little did I know it also had retro pin-up themed coffee shop in the parking lot. You order the delicious drinks by cup size, A-D cup. I’m in heaven! Later, when I arrive for my shows I am greeted by gorgeous girls, I mean breathtaking! Some originally from Alaska and a lot of transplants from the lower 48, not to mention the hotties from Russia! (And yes, it really is THAT close to Alaska).
D.C. and DJ Kima give me the grand tour and I learn the second floor is actually a regular nightclub that is packed! There is a full bar on both the first (Fantasy’s) level and second (Elixir) levels. Elixir is probably one of the most progressive nightspots in the city with brushed steel furniture, a roomy dance floor and an outdoor smoking lounge. They also have salsa and rockabilly themed nights, and the patrons can take the elevator down to Fantasy’s for naughtier fun. And they did. Downstairs is done but not overdone in red and black with 2 stages, 2 spinning poles and a runway connecting them. There is seating (much like the dancers breasts) is ample and the bar area and VIP lounge is full. Yes it’s packed and not just with the men folk, quit frequently groups of hot, fun loving and big tipping women would come down from Elixir to see my shows too. Any time a lady want to get on stage with me during a show, I don’t argue. The crowd at Fantasy’s is high energy and receptive yet the most respectful I have seen in a while! When I pulled out the grinder for one of my acts, the crowd’s anticipation rose and the spark flew. The reactions ranged from clapping and cheering to a table that was giving me the “metal horns” ( \,,,/ ) yelling that’s wicked! At that moment I did feel quite wicked…
Erin, who does a lot of the clubs P.R. and booking, is fully tattooed and fully hot, I like her instantly! We decide to go sight seeing one day before work and she’s in charge. She takes me to Girdwood, a small, green town 30 minutes outside of Anchorage. The seafood is killer, and so is the view! Atlanta is wonderful, but we don’t have foggy snow capped mountains with Paleolithic sized flowers at the base. I feel like I’m in the stripper version of “The Sound of Music”. Of course we (and by we I mean I) have to do cheesy tourist stuff like buying moose hats, post cards and salmon jerky, and take a pictures of everything!
When I arrive at the club Saturday, I get to meet Carol Hartman, the owner and grand poobah of all of the above. She is quite an accomplished lady with a sense of humor much like mine, and we also click. Her gumption to own and operate a strip club, nightclub and coffee shop is very impressive. Her lipstick also matches her outfit and I decide I might want to be her when I grow up. The entire crew of Fantasy’s, Elixir and the little Pin-up Coffee Shop made me feel so at home, I think I have a second family. If you ever find yourself in Anchorage, it’s a must to order the Ava Gardner at the coffee joint and head inside Fantasy’s for top VIP treatment. Ask for a lap dance from Naomi, rumor has it she’s crème of the crop…Not that I would know or anything…Stop smiling!