There’s a new Nice and Easy place in town, a new sweet spot to lounge for the grown folk if you will. If you like the sound of that keep reading? Most times many people and businesses in the past have boasted of catering to a mature adult atmosphere, accompanied with all the fancy colorful flyers to follow. But Ricky Washington whom also goes by the name “Slick” who hails originally from the Volunteer state of Tennessee apparently does not push hyperbole, nor needs flyers with scantily clad Big Bootie’s splashing on the covers to attract an audience.
He relies on a simple tried and proven formula, and it’s called providing people with good hot wings, good service, a relaxed clean drama-free environment, and the people will come. Slick’s keep-it-simple”” formula has been the fuel that has propelled his brain-child known as the “Nice and Easy Lounge” to early success after being launched in the fall of 2015 via his business Face Book page. Nice and Easy is a “Nice and Cozy” spot nestled right-off 801 S. Murray Ave located in the South-East Anderson district of the Electric City ala the A.N.D. After first encountering Slick years ago as I recall, he’s always been an up-beat brother with a comedic personality and the heart and soul of an entrepreneur. He is also been known in the past to take his comedic talents on the road doing stand-up from the Carolina’s to Atlanta Georgia. And let’s not forget this brother owns and operates a cleaning business appropriately titled “We Clean For You” clearly solidifying his spot as a top urban independent entrepreneur in the community.
He brings all of that talent to the table “figuratively and literally” when transforming his hustlers spirit into a down home southern experience when personally serving his customers. He’s recreated that old skool café and lounge feeling that your aunts or uncles used to talk about, complete with twenty-first century Hi-Def big screen TV’s, adding just the right twist with a nice balance of contemporary grown folks music in the back drop on select-nights.
Recently late last year Slick with the help of his tireless and dedicated girl-friend Keyona of whom he affectionately refers to as “Key” announced to the whole city of Anderson, wisely harnessing the power of social media, that the “Nice and Easy Lounge” would be hosting their Official Grand Opening on the night of November 27, 2015. I’m elated to admit he personally extended me an invite, so of course I grabbed my camera and took him up on the invitation.
The whole kick-off was a successful venture I’m happy to report and all went off without the slightest hitch. Special guest that evening arriving in the A.N.D. from Tennessee was his father Jimmy and step-mother Eddy of which whom I had the extreme pleasure of meeting. I chilled most of the evening at a table with the OnPoint Productions crew with kats like,BiG Kuntry Slick aka Kenny Benson, Big Zack aka 2020, Dom Vlad, Lee Traffick aka Raymond Francis and Lonnie aka L. Boogie. I also bumped into my longtime friend and supporter Harlem Dave who came out to show his approval also by kicking my butt royally on the pool table. (LOL)
If you decide to stop in and visit his establishment (which I highly suggest) please make sure before leaving that you perform the local ritual of signing your personal autograph on the “Wall of Fame”! You will see just what I mean if you decide to visit, it’s fun, very original, and you may recognize some noteworthy names from around the city.
I guess there’s nothing left for me to say in this article except I personally thank you Slick for all your support my brother and I wish you continued success at making your dreams a reality. Now I’ll just let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check out his Facebook page by clicking here if you would like to contact him for hosting or catering your next event. A.N.D. support local businesses and most importantly support your own positive urban entrepreneurs.
Peace Dj Tuc as always the “A.N.D. Representa”