October 2, 2014

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Lorain’s Deja vu Nightclub closing its doors Saturday

Mr. Deja Vu Bryce Croft, also known as Bryce Blayne, prepares for her show at Deja Vu on Sept. 21. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Mr. Deja Vu Bryce Croft, also known as Bryce Blayne, prepares for her show at Deja Vu on Sept. 21. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Saturday night at Deja vu Nightclub featured dancing drag kings and drag queens, but the good times are ending.

The club, one of Lorain County’s few gay bars, closes Saturday. Club owner Justin Schill, who opened the bar at 115 W. Fourth St. in 2010, said the closing isn’t because of a lack of business. Schill attributed the closing to a “bad business deal” with property owner James M. Kennedy. Schill said he is involved in a legal dispute with Kennedy, who wouldn’t comment Wednesday.

Regulars like John Guercio, of Cleveland, said they’re saddened about the closing. While discrimination against homosexuals and transgendered people is decreasing, it still persists, and Guercio said the atmosphere at Deja vu, whose customers include heterosexuals, is accepting.

“It’s a big loss to the people of Lorain County,” Guercio said. “What these bars are about is an outlet for people to go and feel comfortable and be around other people they feel comfortable with.”

Jordan Reighn, also known as Missy Adams, performs at Deja Vu on Sept. 21.

Jordan Reighn, also known as Missy Adams, performs at Deja Vu on Sept. 21.

Drag king Bryce Croft, of Sandusky, who has been crowned “Mr. Deja vu” by the club, said support from customers inspired him and improved his performance. Croft, whose stage name is Bryce Blayne, said he used to sound like actor William Shatner on the microphone when he first began performing.

“You could have the most reserved person who stands in the corner in the bar and when they get in drag, they’re a whole another person,” said Croft, who performed as Mozart on Saturday dancing to Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus.”

“It’s amazing how someone can go from being introverted to becoming extroverted.”

Other than occasional slurs yelled by drivers or pedestrians at customers, Schill said discrimination hasn’t been a problem. Schill, who said he’s considering opening a new bar in the future, said he sees irony in the club closing as acceptance of gays is increasing.

“The fact that they can stand out here on the corner of (Broadway) in Lorain, men dressed as women and women dressed as men for three years, and have the small amount of issues we’ve had probably shows a lot about how far we’ve come,” Schill said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.


  • Greg White

    Should have called Bar Rescue!

  • Jesus fan

    It’s not a bad buisness deal, it is god closing the doors.

    • DejaVu Nightclub

      Who is God? Some fictional make believe character in your head? You’re delusional

    • Traci Anne Wolford

      Oh get over yourself!

    • Itsreally Noneya

      But couldn’t it be looked at also as ‘god’ opened the doors to begin with?

      • Traci Anne Wolford

        Jesus said “ask and ye shall receive; knock on the door and it shall be opened unto you.”

    • Popper Popovich

      As Jesus often asked…

      “Why are so many of my followers such idiots?”
      Look it up its in the Bible..

    • stillsleepyeyes

      Sorry but mike kenndy us not god………….maybe in his eyes and yours……………….neither is gardwennie…..his puppet master………..

  • FedUp

    The bar and way it was run and managed were successful. When your property owner is trying to screw you there has to be a time to say stop. Typical, people who have no idea of the problems would speak up. Idiotic asshats.

    • Jesus fan

      It might have been successful but in whose eyes? God interveins in so many ways. Praise god. Saying stop is the lord saying stop. What mightyfull power!

      • FedUp

        god raped a virgin then killed his son. Really…..god and morals…..hmmmmm…..the same god that murdered millions of people…..pahlease. Take Ur story book and find a little league field its the best place for you pedies

        • FedUp

          John Guercio…….jeeeep

        • Jesus fan

          Our god is an awesome god. He died for our sins. I am not judging people or saying people are wrong they are the ones that have to stand before the lord at the end. I love all people. I even do homeless and prison ministries. there are all kinds of people out there. I have homosexuals in my family and one of my vendors is a transgender, I love everybody because that is what we are suppose to do. God is mighty powerfull I would be afraid of mocking him.

          • Traci Anne Wolford

            You sound like the idiot racists who try to cover up the fact that they’re not racists by saying “I have black friends.” If what you say about God closing doors of evil is true, then why is the Catholic church’s doors still open and priests are still touching kids? I think THAT is more worthy of God’s time than a group of LGBT people. Just shut up already.

          • Jesus fan

            I am not a racist and yes, god has closed many Catholic doors. It for god to judge in the end, we are not to judge anyone we are to like all people the same, no matter what race or what they have done wrong, or what they are doing at this present time in their life, their judgment will come at the end. God will deal with people in his own way. We all will be held liable for ALL our actions. Our god is a merciful god. One who forgives and who has sent his son to die for our sins. John 3:16.

          • Itsreally Noneya

            Let me get this straight. You support this place closing because ‘god’ deemed it worthy to do so. Yet you claim you love all people, including homeless and prison ministries (I think you mean ministers, that or you mean you love the prisoners) Do you love all people because it’s what we’re all supposed to do? Or do you love people because it’s what your ‘god’ says you should do? If it’s because it’s what your ‘god’ says you should do, then you are contradicting yourself by saying ‘Praise ‘god’, and it was your ‘god’s’ intervention and will that closed the place!
            Do you need me to break this down in layman’s terms for you? Because I will. I suppose you could chalk it up to your ‘god’s’ will for me to do so!

          • Jesus fan

            No it is not ministers I love it is the love of god that is willing and able to forgive people no matter what is going on in their life. I think if there was more love then hate in this world it wouldn’t be in the wreck it is in today. You don’t have to break down anything for me, the fact is that god loves us all equally that he gave his son to die for our sins. John 3:16.

          • FedUp

            More love than hate? Do some research on the “Dark Ages” and tell me if your god was so LOVING.

          • cdw1021

            No I believe she/he is saying that, God sometimes allows disappointments in our lives so that we can grow in our faith. He loves us all no matter what our circumstances.

          • Jesus fan

            Amen.

        • seanmacnair

          Thank you for your tolerance.

      • DejaVu Nightclub

        moron