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Phil Reader
Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 8:40 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Apr 2007 Posts: 392 Location: Live Oak
 The "Age of Aquarius" (1970s - 1990s) brothel scene came to Santa Cruz. When George Ow and the Sutter Development Corp. opened up the 41st Avenue Mall area to business in the early 70s, the "downtown girls" were quick to follow (or perhaps lead.) And the 41st Avenue Red Light District dominated the sex scene for two decades.

The linch-pin of it all was Frenchy's K.T. Bookstore and it followed 41st Avenue, and neighboring sreets until it reached the old Osocalis theater which was then showing X-rated films - even the Sky View featured late night adult films for a while.

The major houses, known strictly as "massage parlors" were:
Bacchas Spa/later the Executive next to The Castaway's on portola.
The Oasis - located on 41st above Ernie's Kitchen.
Cleopatra's Den behind the barber's shop and next to the Hurry Back Inn
King and Queen Massage - at 1007 41st just across the street and several doors down from the Oasis and Cleopatra's.
Aries Massage - 1305 38th Avenue corner of Garden St.
Dimples / later Optimum Health Massage - 4060 Cordelia Street behind old The Grape Stake.
Soquel Massage Center on N. Porter St. and Dupree's - 4722 Soquel Dr. right in Soquel.
Elite Massage - 720 Commercial Way.
Soquel Lomee - 2541 S. Rodeo Gulch.

There were others, of course, but these are the most well known. And I do not include the Stairkase as it was downtown - out of district. It all ended in January, 1996 when the vice squad busted Ed Grace out at Soquel Lomee. The end of another era in sex in Santa Cruz. Now all the girls walk the street or are "out-call" technicians. Dangerous work now days.
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