It Was More Than A Heart In The Name: Queen Of Hearts, Warren Ohio
October has always been an exciting month in the Fott-Hand household.
First it is our anniversary month and secondly we opened the Queen of Hearts Tavern on October 23rd, 1997. It would have been 12 years ago this weekend.
The little bar on Pine Avenue, Warren Ohio, was not the most palatial of “pubs” but it was homey and intimate.
We were very fortunate to surround ourselves with many a talented person who gave much in the building and construction, plus others with the growth and success of that “little” business. DJ Ron with the music and advertising, Tom Brooks as singer/host, lead bartender John and of course Bobbie with the back bar expertise to name a few. So many other talented people, to numerous to mention here, gave so much of their time and energy, in the successful 9 years the “Queen” was on Pine.
At first, The “Queen”, was to have an Alice and Wonderland decor but as with most “spiritual” adventures, the “Q” developed it’s own personality and life. It seemed right from the removal of the buzzer off the door, The “Queen” was different.
In the beginning we used to state in our ads that “Everyone was a Royal Guest” but that quickly gave way to “More than a Heart in the Name”, as over the years the “Q” became actively involved with many local charities and food banks.
Other slogans followed, “Where Everyone has a Title: Friend”, “Put Your Q On”, “An Alternative from the Ordinary,” but it always came back to “More than a Heart in the Name.”
Over the 9 years that “little” bar operated, it’s patrons, friends and supporters gave nearly 40thousand dollars to local charities along with almost 3thousand pounds of food to local food banks. It raised more money for the Trumbull County Senior Mobile Meals program than any other business in Trumbull County and that was done two years in a row.
From Fairhaven School to the Trumbull County Area Aids Task Force, from the Red Cross to the YWCA, not a local charity was excluded from the “Q’s” community involvement.
The Queen of Hearts believed, as did the ghost of Jacob Marley in the Christmas Carol, “Humankind should have been my business…”
One of the best ad campaigns developed by DJ Ron was for Halloween but at the “Q” it quickly became “HalloQueen.” This was one of the busiest weekends of the year for the bar and always proved to be a “Bootiful” event, tho I can’t say that for many of the costumes.
So this weekend we pause and remember the “Queen.” Not just a “gay bar” but a business that strove to be more than a group of people, bigger than its small size, “Inclusive not Exclusive” and all who work there, drank there, played there and in general made so many memories for Bob and myself.
You can view photo’s of the 13,000 square foot Club Queen at the following link http://web.mac.com/ronflaviano/iWeb/ClubQueen/Queen.html