Center City's sole, female-focused LGBT bar Sisters (1320 Chancellor St.) is closing its doors after 17 years, according to posts on Twitter and Facebook.
Timaree Schmit, the club's chief communications officer and member of house dance team Sister Sirens, says she discovered the spot's plans to close Monday, and that it was all very sudden. The bar has events scheduled through the end of the month, including Schmit's burlesque show to raise money for the upcoming Slutwalk and fundraiser for an animal shelter.
"It was a safe space for LGBT people, especially focused on the women’s community," Schmit said. "It is the only one in Phily that had that focus."
Schmit said that even though the club still had popular nights and events, the overall numbers at the club had not been as strong of late. Schmit also confirmed the Sisters Sirens are no more.
"The entire staff and the management has been very sad about this. Online, there’s been an incredible amount of responsiveness from people who met their partner there or their friends there," Schmit said. "It was a safe space when there was no safe space. It’s sad as we close this chapter but hopefully everyone involved will find new spaces where they feel welcome and can have fun."
The number to the club has already been disconnected. A text to manager Denise Cohen wasn't returned at press time but she posted on her Facebook page earlier today:
I have worked within the Gay & Lesbian community for 24 years with 17 of them at Sisters ... today with much sadness no actually with a broken heart I am announcing that Sisters Nightclub is no longer in business.
I was informed by the owners this morning - I told them I would prepare something to post on our social media outlets and website but now I find myself struggling to convey a professional statement versus a personal statement.
I want to thank each and every employee that has been on my staff as well as all of the wonderful DJ's and performers that have graced our stages and of course a Thank you to our community - the customers who have been there for all these years - many so very loyal and appreciative through this horrible economy.
It was an amazing 17 years and we thank you for all of your support.