Quantcast

Controversial Vt. nightclub owner has new plan for Plattsburgh - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Controversial Vt. nightclub owner has new plan for Plattsburgh

Posted: Updated:
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Only a few more tasks before this disco ball spins and shines for crowds.

"No one's ever seen anything like this," nightclub property owner Shawn Cliche said. "The best way to say it is it's a Vegas-style place in Plattsburgh."

It's called "Off The Hookah" -- a Florida-style themed club offering Egyptian decor, famous DJs flying in from out of town, and nontobacco hookahs with more than 30 different flavors. The nightclub also has locations in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as Richmond, Va.

"Off the Hookah is like nothing anyone has ever seen in New England. There's nothing like it from Boston to Montreal and it's gonna be a great, great place," Cliche said.

Vermonter Shawn Cliche has owned the Plattsburgh location since 2002.

Cliche made news in Vermont back in the 1990s with Club Fantasy in South Burlington, a strip club that was eventually shut down by the City Council.

Along with his Plattsburgh club, he also owns Capone's nightclub in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He crossed paths with the owner of the Fort Lauderdale Off The Hookah spot, and offered Plattsburgh as an ideal place to expand the business.

"It will attract St. Albans, Burlington, Malone; there'll be a lot of influx from people to have a great time," Cliche said.

"When a new business comes to town, the patrons not only enjoy the new business, they enjoy the business next door, they now find there's something else down the street," said Colin Read of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association.

And besides attracting more people to the downtown area, job applications are wide open for locals.

"We usually find for an enterprise like this it might end up generating 40 maybe even 60 jobs for the region and that's quite significant," Read said.

The countdown is on for the grand opening of something Plattsburgh has never seen before.

The grand opening is Oct. 17. Club owners say they are planning to invest in two shuttle buses to bring people from Burlington to Plattsburgh to cut down on the chances of drinking and driving.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Sen. Jim Jeffords laid to rest

    Sen. Jim Jeffords laid to rest

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:02:59 GMT
    Sen. Jim Jeffords was one of Vermont's beloved public servants, with a career that took him from the hills of Shrewsbury to the U.S. Senate. Friday, in his hometown of Rutland, James Jeffords was laid to rest.
    Sen. Jim Jeffords was one of Vermont's beloved public servants, with a career that took him from the hills of Shrewsbury to the U.S. Senate. Friday, in his hometown of Rutland, James Jeffords was laid to rest.
  • Is it safe to move accused killer Elizabeth Teague?

    Is it safe to move accused killer Elizabeth Teague?

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:09:17 GMT
    The Vt. Dept. of Mental Health says scarce resources are part of the push to relocate alleged workplace shooter Elizabeth Teague to a facility with fewer regulations. Elizabeth Keatinge was at Friday's hearing.
    The Vt. Dept. of Mental Health says scarce resources are part of the push to relocate alleged workplace shooter Elizabeth Teague to a facility with fewer regulations. Elizabeth Keatinge was at Friday's hearing.
  • Police investigate death of 13-year-old in Hardwick

    Police investigate death of 13-year-old in Hardwick

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:49:31 GMT
    Investigators say a teen was found dead at a home in Hardwick Friday morning.
    Investigators say a teen was found dead at a home in Hardwick Friday morning.
  • Vt. police say all clear in Newport

    Vt. police say all clear in Newport

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:12:45 GMT
    Police say the threat is over in Newport. Thursday night, police had asked residents to lock their doors and stay inside while authorities searched for a gunman.
    Police say the threat is over in Newport. Thursday night, police had asked residents to lock their doors and stay inside while authorities searched for a gunman.
  • NY police try to ID pharmacy burglar

    NY police try to ID pharmacy burglar

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:39:59 GMT
    New York State Police hope the public can help identify a burglar.
    New York State Police hope the public can help identify a burglar.
  • Williston police try to ID paint thief

    Williston police try to ID paint thief

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:11:41 GMT
    Police are investigating an unusual theft at the Wal-Mart in Williston.
    Police are investigating an unusual theft at the Wal-Mart in Williston.
  • Driver of overweight big rig nabbed in Vermont

    Driver of overweight big rig nabbed in Vermont

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:13:34 GMT
    The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles says a trucker carrying part of a giant crane to a state bridge job had too much weight on his rig and too much alcohol in his system.
    The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles says a trucker carrying part of a giant crane to a state bridge job had too much weight on his rig and too much alcohol in his system.
  • Wire fraud convict has until Friday to object

    Wire fraud convict has until Friday to object

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:29:05 GMT
    A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.
    A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.