SUNSET -- When Lovica "Kandy" Downs was a teenager, she said there was nothing for her and her friends to do. Now, as a mother of one teenager and another son one year away from his teen years, Downs wants to make sure her sons do not feel the same way.
Downs, and her family are behind the idea of Epic Wave, a new teen dance club that will open on Aug. 12. She and her husband, Michael, own the club that will serve teenagers in Northern Utah.
"My husband said if you want to do it, do it," Downs said. "When we saw the old Winegar's building I thought it was the perfect fit for what we want to do."
Epic Wave will have a deejay providing music and an open floor for teenagers to dance and socialize. Food and drinks will be available through concession stands and there will even be a V.I.P section for the first 50 people who pay a $10 entrance fee rather than the normal $6.
The city council recently awarded Epic Wave with a conditional use business license for the club at 309 W. 1300 North.
"It's a great concept," said Mayor Chad Bangerter. "It gives the kids a place to go."
As the club starts out, the hours will be limited and will be mostly at night. Thursday nights will be reserved for junior high school students while Fridays will be for high school students. Both will use the club on Saturdays with junior high school students enjoying the first two hours and then the high school students having the club for the rest of the night.
Students will have to show their current school I.D. cards to get into the club.
Downs and her family began talking about the need for a teen club a while ago, and the idea snowballed from there.
The idea was especially exciting for Downs' sons, 17-year-old Laramie and 12-year-old Jerred.
With the grand opening so soon, there is plenty of work to be done.
On Saturday, the club will have a painting party and teenage artists are encouraged to go and help paint the floor and the walls. Downs also said that until they update the old building by putting in a fire sprinkler system, they will allow only 300 to 500 kids in at one time. After the sprinklers are added, 500 to 700 people will be allowed. Downs wants to make sure that people know that Epic Wave will be safe.
"When you get teenagers in a forum where they have something that they are interested in, they are less destructive than people think," Downs said.
Downs said the security team is made up of adults and older teens.
"I think our police department knows what to expect and what we're concerned about, which is loud noise, drugs and drinking," Bangerter said. "We don't expect it to get out of hand. If it does, we'll be on top of it."
Downs said there will be a no-tolerance policy with alcohol, drugs and smoking. If someone is caught with any of those, security will call the police. Downs also said there will be a dress code as well.
"I don't want to see the girls' undies and I don't want to see the boys' undies," she said.
Knowing that some parents may be skeptical, Downs said parents will be able to check out the club for a little while after dropping their kids off, just to make sure it's safe
"The main idea is that this is not a night club," Downs said. "It's a community center for teens, mainly at night."