The creative minds behind The Coterie, Fade Salon, Brews on Buckeye and The Social Experience are opening a new business in downtown Kokomo this weekend.
It’s called the Sycamore Social Club and it’s ready to make Kokomo dance again.
The new, intimate dance club is the brainchild of Kyle Gibson and Dustin and Lindsey Ogle, who have all collaborated together on previous endeavors. Gibson and Dustin Ogle operated The Social Experience, another nightclub, for several years before it closed in 2015. The club was 18,000-square-feet and drew in crowds of 5,000 people a week, Dustin Ogle said, but the pair decided to step away as their families grew.
“It was a big, cool thing that we did for a long time — it was very difficult though, sometimes 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. regularly,” Dustin Ogle said.
Just a few weeks ago, the trio decided to bring back dancing to downtown in a new nightclub, located on the first floor of 107 W. Sycamore, with The Coterie on the second floor.
“I think that when you get three like-minded people that spend a lot of time trying to create options for people, it just kind of comes about,” Lindsey Ogle said. “It’s a good thing.”
They started remodeling the space about three weeks ago and pushed themselves to open by Dec. 22. The space is purposely smaller than a traditional nightclub to keep it on a more manageable scale.
“We wanted to make it not such a huge animal,” Dustin Ogle said. “Keep it a cool size and having a limited number of good people wanting to have a good time is something we can handle without sacrificing a whole lot.”
“We really want to focus on people that want to dance and have a good time,” he said. “That’s the big thing for me — you go into any place and they’ve got the TV on sports and you can do everything else but dance and listen to music — it’s just a way to have a good time and escape your workday or life for a little bit.”
In addition to dancing, Lindsey Ogle is incorporating arts and culture into the new club’s positive atmosphere.
“Dance, expression and just really having some time to let loose is something I think all communities need,” she said. “To give that experience to people, it’s really special.”
Dustin Ogle said the most important thing for the club is safety and security, so its patrons don't have to worry when they are out for a fun night.
"My standard is a place that I would drop my wife off to go dance without me," he said. "I think to have a quality downtown is important for the success of our city."
With their combined experience and knowing people who can make a deadline, the Sycamore Social Club is set for a soft opening tonight for the “Kokolina Wine Mixer,” featuring DJ Lemi Vice at 10 p.m. The Coterie will also have live music from the No Name Blues Band, but despite the two businesses’ close proximity, their services will not overlap. The Sycamore Social Club won’t serve craft cocktails like The Coterie is known for, but rather more standard alcoholic beverages.
After the soft opening today, the 21-and-older club plans to be open from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with a special New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31.
“I feel like it’s our holiday present to Kokomo … with a little bow,” Gibson said.
For more information on the Sycamore Social Club, visit its Facebook page at www. facebook.com/sycamoresocial.