Opened in 1949, the Willis Show Bar was a Cass Corridor jazz and live entertainment hot spot that slowly deteriorated with the neighborhood, eventually becoming a hangout of the local working girls and the johns seeking their services. It was padlocked by the county in 1978 during a prostitution crackdown and sat mostly empty ever since, sometimes acting as a warehouse for Blossoms owners Norman Silk and Dale Morgan, who purchased the building in the early 1980s and operated their florist company out of a former topless shoe-shine parlor adjacent to the bar.
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