Bondage Club Gets City Approval -- Will Host BDSM Seminars

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St. Louis is cool with BDSM cages, says Facility proprietor Joe Kriegesmann.
After months of wrangling with the city, the south-city BDSM venue known as "The Facility" is legally in the clear to operate, proprietor Joe Kriegesmann says.

"We are approved for educational seminars," says Kriegesmann, who is also known as "Satan's Master." He tells us he received a letter from the Board of Public Service giving him the go-ahead to operate the club, which mayoral spokeswoman Kara Bowlin confirms.

Kriegesmann and his associates, the Clan of the Barbarian, will use the cavernous south-city space to host experts in BDSM practices. BDSM refers to bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism and submission and dominance -- consensual exchanges of physical and mental power than can be erotically charged for participants. The space features human-sized birdcages, racks and spreader bars, among plenty of other amenities for painful pleasures.

Kriegesmann has been working to get the club operating within the strictures of every applicable city law, but it hasn't been easy figuring out just what those laws are. As we reported back in May, Kriegesmann obtained a business permit and an occupancy permit, which he thought were sufficient.

But it turns out the city had more hoops for him to jump through. On July 28, Kriegesmann went before a three-member city panel to answer more questions about The Facility.

Alderman Craig Schmid, in whose district The Facility sits, had told Daily RFT in May that his reservations about the space weren't about kink, but public safety. At the July hearing, though, he seemed to switch gears. "Ostensibly, the application is for educational seminars," he said at the hearing. "But I cannot reasonably ignore what is the actual use of the facilities."

The experts will teach classes on subjects ranging from scene etiquette to toy and tool use to rope bondage techniques and everything in between. The club will also host parties with space available for BDSM play, although Kriegesmann has always stressed that sex, alcohol, nudity and minors are verboten.

Kriegesmann has said all along that he wants to know what laws apply so that he can bring the club into compliance. It's been his goal to operate a BDSM club that's fully legal and has no fear of being raided. But his is the only club he knows of that's not trying to operate under the radar; the trail he's blazing is a new one for St. Louis.

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SatansMaster
SatansMaster

The Facility is now open. 1440 North Broadwayzoning approvedOccupancy permit  BDSM/ education/ seminars/safety class's/ meeting hallNow any of the respectable underground groups/bars with dungeons and meeting halls rented for BDSM events and functions can operate legally and with in the limits of the laws.Safety comes first. To be consensual, you must be able to make a cognizant decision.If you do not know the venue you are attending is legal,and does not conform to all building and fire codes,your decision was not truly consensual

Especially alcohol related venues or alcohol allowed on the premises, as all blue laws apply,such as simulated sex.

Our equipment was previously, inspected by the City building inspectors, and approved.

So come on down and get your KINK  on and learn how to be safe

I would not be surprised, to see other legal BDSM venues popping up around Missouri   

guest
guest

Oh please.  Still not welcome in polite company.  Never has been, never will be. 

corsets
corsets

There are many reasons for this. Sometimes a switch lives in a relationship with a partner of the same primary preference (for example, two tops), so switching represents the only possibility of being able to fulfill all of his or her BDSM needs within the relationship. Some people change roles without regarding themselves as switches since they do it very irregularly, or only under certain circumstances.

Jacquebquique
Jacquebquique

3130 Gravois is where the warehouse was to be used.  This is well within a block of Roosevelt High School.  In late October, the Post-Dispatch reported that "Sadomasochism club loses permit".  The idea of approval by the Board of Public Service of a building within a close circumference of a school is very bad business on the part of the city.  In fact, it is extremely disheartening and stupid. 

Jefferystoppelmann
Jefferystoppelmann

This sounfs great when will it be open and when can we come observe

Nitzer
Nitzer

Yet again the reporter doesn't do her homework and presents a puff piece.  A REAL reporter would have covered the rape allegations brought against the club while it was operating ILLEGALLY, would have spoken of the multiple felons and sex offenders who are a part of this club, would have spoke of how ever word he said during his presentation to the city government was a lie.  Joe himself has forced or coerced patrons of his club to get naked and to have sex with his members, additionally he has been looking to employ professional dominatrix's out of the space as well.  His venture here is nothing but an attempt to attack RESPECTED bdsm groups, clubs, etc. and help his club that is nothing but a vacant warehouse filled with sub standard /not safe equipment and dirt succeed.  He has lost many of his main members as they realized his lies and all that remains are those who are not welcome ANYWHERE else in the Saint Louis community.  People who have been banned from events or have been made to know they aren't welcome.  He blazes no trail, he is not respected, he is disgusting trash.  The respected BDSM community would prefer him ran out of town and shown for the scumbag he is, NOT because we are doing anything wrong but because HE is not OUR representative.  

Jacquebquique
Jacquebquique

The scary thing involved is that the Board of Public Service gave him a permit knowing that his education claims were a lie. 

Ozarkgirl
Ozarkgirl

Experts?? My goodness what a farce, his so called 'experts' have never taught anywhere professionally and the majority of his so called Clan members are outcasts from their own lifestyle community. Try to hide it all you want but his club is a. Joke that will fail.

Iloveny56
Iloveny56

Despite what the ending of this article says this person IS NOT blazing a trail for the great majority of people in St. Louis who practice BDSM.  He will never respresent us, will never be welcome in polite company, and is not respected by us.  And none of us will be patronizing his "club", ever. 

Jacquebquique
Jacquebquique

Part of your response states that "will never be welcome in polite company".  I would say that the BDSM community does anything but exhibit "polite" behavior. 

Mntvernon
Mntvernon

C'mon, GTM. Lighten up. I also side with Bill that Schmid is going to be called in on the carpet & get a papal rear -end chewing....big time!Look what happened, not so long in Fairview Heights:http://www.stltoday.com/news/l...and the dung storm that ensued.

Brandyunl
Brandyunl

lol, thats funny,  The two groups are not even alike, the one in this article is a business, to make money off sex. the one in the fairview article is a non profit and doesn't lie and bilk the members

Ghostinthemachine
Ghostinthemachine

Once again... sex isn't always apart of this whole equation . Once again in the ill-informed spout off eh hugh

Hugh Johnson
Hugh Johnson

"sex, alcohol, nudity and minors are verboten."

So, where's the fun?

Ghostinthemachine
Ghostinthemachine

Sadly, People comment on this not knowing much about what would go on in there. Sure, You think it's "beat,whip, whip". In fact, this place would probably be more respectful to the community than say your average dive in that part of town. Bill, get the facts before you start spouting off.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

So Alderman Craig Schmid voted to make smoking in the "over 21" bars of his ward illegal to make his ward safe, but is willing to allow this bondage school  with a 24/7 torture chamber to set up shop in the 20th Ward. Couldn't that attract Ted Bundy types to Schmid's ward? Ultra traditional St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is just down the street. I bet Schmid is going to hear a lot about this!

Betty
Betty

 This isn't a bondage school, do not fool yourself, this is a bondage for profit club that will be having full sex parties including fire play(setting things one fire) as well as medical based things like playing in blood and then just throwing it out in the trash. what the article did not say is that one of the "members" has HIV and has not told anyone but still does this there. and this joe person is a felon with a record and there are pedophiles there as well as members.

Nice addition to Benton park west. people should complain to the landlord and shut these people down. education indeed, not a chance. I listened to the lies this man told at the meeting and watched as he did his interviews and looked like he was drunk.

KITTY
KITTY

Fast Forward: November 2, 2011: Verlin's Bar announced today that most of  their patrons are now flocking to The Facility. Assistant Manager Sarah Fenske told the RFT today that in an attempt to lure back  their loyal customers Verlin's will no longer have pantieless bartenders and servers. Those busty ladies will now wear cast iron thongs with spikes. Tammy -- The Tramp of Tramps -- Chapman will be the Hostess. Union thugs sitting at the bar eating hot wings will no longer be able to Kinderize any poor guy who just stops in for a quick pee. Fenske hopes the new policies will SPIKE their busines."Ohhh. Ouch. Whip Me. Tie Me Up. Beat Me," she said.  But don't all her Butch!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you honestly laugh to yourself while you're writing these? You're as funny as an old folks' home.

Missy Fit
Missy Fit

You really, really, really must live a sad, pathetic little life.

Sarah_Fenske
Sarah_Fenske

KITTY, I liked your posts a lot better when you were focused on Chad!

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

Good for these guys, ass-kickers and boot-lickers have rights too, ya know.

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