A transformation is underway on the site of a downtown Dayton dance club that has seen more than its share of good times and controversy.
Club Vex, at 101 S. St. Clair St., is changing to Cloverdale.
A new name is not the only change patrons can expect, according to Mary Kathryn Burnside, an event host and the owner of Oregon District boutique Clash Dayton.
Burnside, a popular figure in Dayton’s club scene and a previous Daytonian of the Week, will take over as manager of the club owned by Scott Edsall.
"It will be an event space for live music, fundraisers, dance parties, etc.,” she explained. “It will be an all new staff. Some renovating is in the works. We are going to focus on a friendly staff, good drink selections, and special events.”
Thunder Snow Cone Variety show Burlesque Clowns performed downtown at Vex on Friday, May 13. Photo / E.L. Hubbard
Renovation work has started on the club’s exterior and includes new brick and wood features.
Gone will be disruptive hip hop nights, like the one where the club received the ire of city officials, Burnside said.
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Cloverdale will host "The Greatest Dance Party Ever for PUSH" at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
The 21 and up party for PUSH Dayton, a professionals group that supports the local Planned Parenthood, will include various musical genres. Admission is $5.
Club Vex, 101 S St Clair St, is changing its name to Cloverdale. Photo / Amelia Robinson