Soapbox Laundro-Lounge and Nutt Street Comedy Room closing

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Submitted: Fri, 06/28/2013 - 2:26am
Updated: Fri, 06/28/2013 - 12:32pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge and Nutt Street Comedy Room is closing its doors for business July 28.

“For several years we have exhausted countless ways to make the Soapbox self sufficient,” owner Brett Watkins posted on the Soapbox Facebook page. “It comes with heartfelt emotion that all reasonable and moral efforts put forth have yielded unsuccessful results.”

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3 Comments on "Soapbox Laundro-Lounge and Nutt Street Comedy Room closing"

2015 years 8 months ago

It just goes to show that entertainment in and of itself is a risky business in a city as small as Wilmington.
Fortunately this is a small loss jobs wise although I feel bad for all that will lose their jobs. To those that are “in the biz” take heed – be sure of yourself. Don’t open your doors unless you are sure your expenses are as low as they can be so you can withstand the hard times. The fact that these businesses never reached the point of being self sustaining should serve as a warning.
I don’t like where the down town area has “gone”. It is an endless stream of nightclubs and bars and eateries of various stripes.
I applaud the fact that we are starting to build apartments down there. We need many, many more of them. We need people to live down town – to make it active during the day. we need residents to walk River Walk, not tourists.
Having residents there will attract bigger more solid retailers – heck maybe even a grocer.
We do not need any more seasonal businesses, bars, or entertainment venues down town. We need to get permanent, office or retail type establishments there that will augment what I hope to be a resurgence of people living there.
There is this perception that down town is seedy, and dangerous and almost every venue there seems to include alcohol serving as part and parcel of their “experience”. It need not be this way.
When you see residents strolling down town at night? You will know you have succeeded. When you see retailers like grocers trying to get space down town you will have succeeded. When you see them WANTING to locate there, you have succeeded.
We are nowhere near that, and this is an absolute failure of groups like WDI, and others who get funds from the city.We need to end those stipends……..

2015 years 8 months ago

It might be the threat of some real competition – Ziggy’s will open up downtown in the next 2 weeks and was expected to drive away their business. The Soapbox was a dirty place with people often performing and walkiong around barefoot. Maybe they can move somewhere else and get a cleaner building with some cleaner performers….

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m going to miss this place so many memory’s there so many shows love that place and everyone in it going to be a sad day when local hardcore kids can’t go to shows any more