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Controversial Vt. nightclub owner has new plan for Plattsburgh

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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.

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