Flashy Memories of Pandora’s Box ETC — Oh Ottawa Behave!

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Flashy Memories of Pandora’s Box ETC — Oh Ottawa Behave!

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“I had no interest in owning a strip club.  Heck I was barely in Pandora’s Box”-Harvey Glatt

 
 

When I opened Flash Cadilac on Rideau Street in the 70s, I had no idea that the general public venturing into my store would call it “weird or strange”. That opening Friday night I thought I was just “a run of the mill store” and had my first sale that was over $50. It was a vintage raccoon coat being sold to a stripper at Pandora’s Box that she bought along with a black feather boa.

I stared at the glimmer of her bright red hair and just envied everything about her. During our conversation she told me stripping was actually a thrill for her and she invited me to watch her dance. When I saw the photo of Pandora’s Box on Lost Ottawa last week it felt like it was yesterday, only the stage was missing one thing.

That photo was missing the giant round ottoman in the centre of the stage where the girls would seductively display their body in different positions. I once sat there uncomfortably while I watched men in loose clothing stare at the women who I now called my friends.

 

I remember the oversized chairs on each side of the stage where the VIP customer sat for a birds eye view. It was one thing for someone to walk around the store half naked, but to see it all come 360 was a shock for me at first. But, it was at that moment that I realized skimpy lingerie and heels mesmerized both sexes to mass purchasing, and no one was doing it. Because of these gals stripping at Pandora’s I figured out that males might now assume that their wives and girlfriends should wear heels and skimpy wear too, even when they were cleaning up dog poop.  Fashionable seduction was born– someone had to do it. So in 1976 my store Flash Cadilac was the first to sell corsets, stockings and garter belts. Within a few days anything I had bought from Coquette Lingerie in Waterloo, Ontario was sold out. And so it began…

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Jul 1972, Tue,  

 

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COMMENTS from Lost Ottawa

Went there in the 50s to watch laters and the serials – batman etc. Also our church, when Pandoras was active had a phone number that was one digit off the Pandora number so our church secretary got a lot of phone calls looking for Pandoras
Bill Anderson

 

Frank Hare— I went to Pandoras and had a box lunch. I remember the stripper produced a comb right out of thin air!

Michelle Grouchy

In 1972 Michael Johnston and Margaret aboud created a burlesque show at this theatre. The stage, the dance filoor, the supper club atmosphere were Europe meets Broadway, meets the revolution and evolution of Ottawa .
Hundreds of stories and momentous memories took place in the location, that changed names and focus many times.
U2 the Irish group played there and only had a few cover tunes. Bono and the edge loved this Ottawa land mark. Thanks for the picture. Ox
 
Bruce Mitchell

 

Wasn’t that the Rialto Theatre? We had a joke about that place, when you went there they searched you for a knife, if you didn’t have one they gave you one.
 
Willy Santilli

 

this was ROTHMANS Furniture is the 60s. anyone else remember that ?,Then it becomes Pandora s Box Burlesque club in the 70s but the mayor made in difficult on the sex type operations in Ottawa causing them to disappear one by one. Toronto s Young St got the same civic treatment after the sad “shoe shine boy” murder Aug 77 . 😔
 
Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly

 

It was also a clothing store called Bonnie and Clive for a few years, until Clive (or possibly Bonnie) took all the money and ran off to Mexico.
 
Phil Cheffins

 

It was indeed Lovie and Clive, an obvious take-off on Bonnie and Clyde. They had some interesting import items but went out of business when Import Bazaar (later Pier One) came to town
 
 
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Also read- The Trials of Pandora’s Box CLICK

 

Timeline: Imperial Theatre, Pandora’s Box, Barrymore’s Music Hall

Timeline: Imperial Theatre, Pandora’s Box, Barrymore’s Music Hall

Linda Seccaspina – ScreaminMamas

relatedreading

Flash Cadilac -Sex Lies and Video Tape?

Stayin’ Alive — Reconnecting With the Friends of Flash Cadilac

Remembering Nash the Slash at The Black Swan Pub

So Who Was Miss Livingstone? Burlesque

Oh Dear, William Penfold and my AB Positive Blood

Party Conversations from: The Good, the Bad and the Famous

Is it all Relative? Linda Knight Seccaspina

A Letter to my Grandchildren April 14, 2020 — Linda Knight Seccaspina

We Are Family

 

PHOTOS- Flash Cadilac

Kindi Dickinson ( Kindi Dickinson is also the model in the black one) at DISCO VIVA!!!

Flash Cadillac swimwear 1979–1990s– I cut and we made so many of these its crazy.. I can remember the pattern numbers.. Black one and I see a yellow one was B34 Leopard wrap was B2 and there 3 more in that group shot but my memory has lapsed-

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 08 Nov 1973, Thu, Page 23

Skateway Fashion Show

Marion Godwin Skateway Fashion Show
Skateway Fashion Show
From Lost Ottawa on Facebook– Photo of Linda Seccaspina– ago Flash Cadilac closed after 21 years on Rideau Street. Photo by Wanita Bates

2021- 70 years old for craps sake LOLOL

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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