With all the complaints I had been hearing about the clubs at Brick City, I decided to check it out for myself Saturday. There were definitely a bunch of people hanging outside Club Impact. In the time I was there, the crowd fluctuated from about 30 to more than 50 people.
The music was definitely pretty loud outside, but I personally didn’t see anything illegal (other than a couple of people throwing a football in the street). Earlier Saturday evening, though, a reader e-mailed me a photo of someone urinating in the alley next to the club.
I overheard someone (not attending the club and likely homeless) walk up and ask one of the clubbers if she had any drugs to score. She said no and walked away. When I asked about it, she declined to talk and went back inside.
I talked to nine people hanging outside. Many acknowledged they had heard about rowdiness, but all said they hadn’t witnessed anything. They all did, however, defend the club. Here is what a few had to say in their words:
Russell Highland, 16:
"I’ve been here about three or four times, and I really like it. It gives me something to do. Otherwise, I’d probably be sleeping right now."
Scott Willoughby, 20
"It’s a great place to go and hang out."
Bryan Hornbeck, 20:
"There aren’t many good places to go in Tacoma, and this is one of them. There have been some problems, but I think that’s been some people’s personal problems. But really, for the most part, it’s a good group of friends hanging out."
Claire Gardipee, 22:
"It’s a really good venue. It’s clean and comfortable. You can get close to the band. It’s not as scummy as the other types of venues where these bands play."
"It’s a clean atmosphere. There are no drugs, no alcohol."
Matt Donaho, 21:
"Most of the problems I’ve seen are noise-related. I don’t think it’s as bad as what people think it is."
"Every time I’ve been here after hours, everyone clears out without a problem."
Ashleigh Love, 17:
"The reason it’s all-ages is because it’s clean. What people do in their spare time is up to them. They don’t bring it in here. It’s a positive place to be."