Originally created 11/14/97

Time Piecez blends the old with the new



Time Piecez, Augusta's newest dance club, has interesting characters and colorful decor.

Co-owners Jay and Brad Howland and Jeremy Long spent six months renovating the former Caffeine nightclub at 730 Broad St.

Each booth is decorated with photos from a different era, such as rock 'n' roll, disco and New Age. That's where the name Time Piecez comes from, according to Mr. Long.

"It's '50s with a '90s twist," he said.

Brad Howland built the bar and furniture in innovative designs made from tires, doors and whatever else he could find.

"I like to take junk and turn it into furniture. Recycled materials, I like to call it," he said. In the adjoining storefront, he has set up a shop where he makes custom furniture and plexiglass aquariums.

He's also busy building tables and chairs for the nightclub's upstairs area, which already has two pool tables. Televisions should be installed soon to broadcast games and movies.

Refurbishing the kitchen is next on the list, followed by construction of a back deck. The owners plan to offer bar food and cookouts.

The dance floor is complete. It features what they call the most advanced light system in Augusta and remixed dance music from 1970 to the present.

"It's like a futuristic blend of disco/retro," Mr. Long said.

"It's like nothing you'd hear on the radio," he added. For example, the song You Dropped the Bomb on Me has Jim Carey added in the middle.

There will be no cover charge until the club begins booking live bands. It's open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Patrons, so far, have been diverse, according to Jay Howland. One man showed up with an iguana on his back.

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