Hunting season in Michigan's Upper Peninsula means more than just about shooting deer. It also means an influx in the area's business, especially for the local strip club in the middle of nowhere. Big Bon's has been a U.P. landmark since 1983, when "Big" Bonnie Storti revitalized the location with Jell-O and mud wrestling. Even after her death, it continues to bring in a nice profit during the two-week firearm season that begins in mid-November.
"We probably do 20 to 30 percent of our business during firearm deer season," Lisa Storti, the 54-year-old owner of Big Bon's in Rock, said to the Detroit Free Press. "We are right in deer-hunting territory. This is where people's camps are. And hunting season is huge for us."
While it lacks cell service and a liquor license, this backwoods club draws strippers from all over the country because of the lucrative nature of hunting season.
"I've heard that it's insanely awesome. I'm so excited," said a 19-year-old dancer and Wisconsin dairy farmer named Ariel who hopes to make enough money to buy a car.
Big Bon herself said the club is a place where lonely and depressed men can get the "girlfriend experience," as dancer Raven put it. "They get all the good girlfriend stuff without all the whining and griping."
Regulars praise the club for its sense of family and friendly atmosphere. "You go down the highway and you look at it and it's a little hole in the wall, you think it's a bunch of ugly, hick girls or whatever. But you come in here, there's some gorgeous women that actually know what they're doing," said a cement worker from Gwinn, named Kory Luke. It's a place where customers bring pizzas for the dancers while others just pay them to sit on the couch and talk.
Lisa sees the bar as her aunt's legacy and will work hard to keep it going. "That was her thing, to always be here. She felt that men need it."
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