Status Nightclub is open and ready to bring its big-city vibe to Vernon.
With 30 years of night life experience, new owner Saverio Loria knows what makes a club successful.
He has owned Status Nightclub in New Westminster for 19 years and managed and owned Nite Magic in Vernon from 1991 until 1997. He remained on as shareholder in the club in Vernon, as it changed names (including Club 29/29) and management throughout the years, but bought the building and the club last September.
Loria spent the fall and winter slowly getting things back in order and planning the renovation and launch of Status Nightclub.
In the last few months, Loria and his girlfriend have worked tirelessly to transform the old bar into a place he feels proud of.
“You couldn’t get a nightclub worse than this, nothing worked, no glassware, hardly any inventory,” said Loria of the state the club was in before he purchased it.
The club now has two full bars that he reconfigured to add to the flow of the space. The dance floor has been redone and he added a disco ball DJ booth, a pool table and new seating.
Loria has big plans for Status.
“I don’t want to be known as just a top-40 nightclub. I want to bring in bands, hypnotists, ladies nights, comedians, karaoke, whatever I can give to Vernon that over a course of a year, everyone will have come in here for some event or another,” he said.
With Loria’s years of experience come high expectations for himself and his 15 staff members.
“This is my passion, I perform at my best when things are busy and I get challenged, I’m not here to party I’m here to run a business,” he said.
Loria has won many manager of the year awards while living and working in the Lower Mainland and he says he plans to continue to offer strong customer service, listen to customers’ feedback, adapt and keep things fresh to make Status successful.