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8/8/2004

X marks the spot for nightlife

By Brandon Johansson
The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT — Earlier this year it was Guitars, etc. moving into 460 Main St., the former home of Daily Office Supply. Now, another of downtown Longmont’s largest retail spaces is about to get a new tenant.

The ground floor at 380 Main St., vacant since June 2003, will be home to a new nightclub in the coming months.

In April, 23-year-old Jesus Nuñez of Longmont signed a three-year lease on the property, which he plans to turn into Club X.

His mother, Luz, helped him with the startup capital for Club X and is a partner in the business.

“One day I said, ‘(Longmont) needs a club,’” Nuñez said.

The club should open in one to two months, Nuñez said, depending on when he gets the required permits.

He chose the club’s name because he wanted something catchy that people would remember easily. His wife, Adriana, drew the logo.

John Martinez, owner of the property at the southeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street, said he’s happy to have new tenants.

“I’m pleased to have someone who is going to bring life into the building,” Martinez said.

Mary Murphy-Bessler, executive director of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, said she was glad to have Club X moving in.

“We could certainly use more nightclubs,” she said.

Club X, Murphy-Bessler said, fits right into the LDDA’s goal of increasing nightlife downtown. She said the Pumphouse will extend its hours in the coming months and the two could complement each other.

Nuñez thinks his club will be successful because it fills a void in Longmont’s nightlife. He said the only options in the city are sports bars and billiard bars. If Longmonters want a nightclub, they have to drive to Denver or Boulder, he noted.

Nuñez said too many people in Longmont drive to clubs in Denver, have a few drinks and drive back.

“I’ve had a few friends get into accidents,” he said.

Club X will give people a place to dance, have a few drinks and play pool close to home, he said.

Since he signed the lease in April, Nuñez has been remodeling the building. He’s doing much of the labor himself.

David Stranathan, an architecture student from the University of Colorado at Boulder, is designing the bar.

Nuñez said the club will have sofas in each of the front windows, two or three pool tables, a snack bar and a big dance floor.

“I’m excited. I can’t wait ’til it’s open,” he said.

Club X will be Nuñez’s first venture into the nightclub business.

After graduating from Skyline High School in 1999, Nuñez enlisted in the U.S. Army. He still serves in the Colorado National Guard.

When Nuñez got off of active duty, he decided to look into opening a nightclub. He looked at property on Coffman Street and Longs Peak Avenue before settling on the Main Street location.

The first floor of 380 Main used to house The Galleria. Prior to that, it was a carpet store. The top floor is office suites, including the Longmont office of Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave.

Martinez said his tenants in the offices won’t be bothered by the nightclub below. The club won’t play music during the day, so he doubts the offices will really notice Club X’s presence.