The Underground Showcase was housed within the walls of Charm’d Lounge on this thermal day.
This showcase was hosted by T-Dubb, formally known as Timothy White. Huge shout out to him for giving the locals such an awesome opportunity to chase their dreams. Clatchet Productions decided to slide through for the show to check the talent on display. Here is what happened.
Charm’d is located in an isolated area in Hampton, Virginia. From the outside looking in, I was not very impressed. There were two tumbled-down parking lots parallel to the building with forest land as background. I couldn’t help but to notice the crosses that stood in front the forest. I wonder if the building itself or a church had been present prior.
Though doors were scheduled to open at 9:00pm, I arrived around 8:30 to scope the environment. Big mistake on my part due to the hungry mosquitoes and other social flying insects. “Maybe it’s not that bad on the inside”, I thought. I tipped toed over potholes and gravel to walk across a damaged pathway onto a bridge to finally arrive at the door. At that time, it was 9:10pm. One staff member and security kindly greeted me outside. Unfortunately, I was turned away to enter for two reasons. Reason one: The tote size bag I was carrying was not allowed. For safety, I completely understood and tipped toed back to my car to return my purse. But for reason number two, I did not understand so much – “We aren’t open yet”. As one who has worked within multiple business facilities with set hours of operations for the past 7 years, I was not very pleased to hear those words. Especially if it was clearly communicated on the flyer the time of opening. Punctuality is important (to me).
“Maybe it’s not that bad on the inside”.
Was it as bad as the outside? Maybe. I am unsure how long Charm’d Lounge has been in business but it time for remodeling. The carpeted flooring consisted of multiple strays and visible stains that even the low light and colorful strobes could not hide. Even the chairs and tables contained grit and grime. The dance floor was heavily chipped away along the edges, and the surrounding mirrors placed around the lounge’s walls were filled with handprints. Charm’d lounge has a lot of potential to be amazing. It just needs a little elbow grease and pride -- Or I visited on a bad day. I'll find out next time I go.
“Atmosphere and Music”
The Bartender and staff members were awesome. Very friendly, characteristic, and welcoming individuals. They all obtain good customer service and soft skills. The waitresses even checked in a few times with visitors to make sure everything was fine.
But that Dj.. . . He killed it tonight. And I say that in the most highly respected way possible- He was great! His energy levels were high, he hyped the crowd up, and each song he played kept everyone moving. There weren’t many people on the dance floor itself, but people were busting moves at their seats and at the bar. I was hyped up before the locals touched the mic.
Overall, I enjoyed this visit and had an exciting time. I highly recommend going to Charm’d Lounge for a outing with one or two friends to enjoy happy hour.
What is your favorite lounge in the Hampton Roads area?