SIOUX CITY | Sioux City teens will have a new, high-tech place to hang out as Lacy Carson rings in the new year with the opening of her Jazzy Teen Dance Club.
Jazzy Teen, at 420 Jackson St., is taking over the old Bank Shot Billiards room downtown for the club and lounge.
"Back when I was 15, we didn't have anywhere to go. My mom didn't want me in places where there were lots of grown men," she said. "My biggest thing is, I want there to be somewhere where these kids can go and be safe and have fun."
The club is drug- and alcohol-free.
Carson, 24, of Sioux City, said the club will be open on Friday and Saturday nights as a place for high school-age teens to hang out and dance. During the week, it will serve as a lounge where kids can use a recording studio and gaming rooms.
Carson said she recently came into inheritance money from her dad, who passed away about 10 years ago, and she wanted to do something positive for the community.
"If I can give back to the community in a positive way, that's all I want," she said.
Carson and business partner Alysha Ivory-Nelson, 22, also of Sioux City, were brainstorming business ideas in her living room about a month ago when they lit on the idea of a teen lounge.
From there, "things have taken off," Carson said.
The club will host its grand opening party on New Year's Eve, featuring a talent show competition with a $1,000 first prize. Sioux City police officers will be stationed at the club to ensure the kids' safety, Carson said.
"I'm going above and beyond to assure parents that their kids are going to be safe with me, and I know that that's a lot to ask. But I'm really excited and I'm hoping that the community jumps on board," she said
During the event, teens can also take pictures on the red carpet and enter a contest to select the best name for the new club.
She said she hopes the business will help her support herself as she goes back to school. Her goal is to study radiology at St. Luke's College in Sioux City.
"Finishing college has always been a dream of mine," she said.