Today we’d like to introduce you to Wesley Hull.
Wesley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Working in the nightclub business since 1989 as primarily a DJ and Entertainer, this was the first opportunity to own and run a business through the experiences I had learned over my entire life as a gay man coming to terms with coming out in a time and age where it was not as accepted to a day and age where it is more celebrated. The journey, rewards and benefits of 340nightclub are a treasured result of a lifetime of hard work. My business partner Jose Sambolin, fronted the cash to start the business and I paid him back monthly until 50% of all start up costs were paid off. We split the profits 50/50. We make an excellent team. We opened the business in December of 2011 and each year have toppled sales from the previous year. I came up and was extremely inspired in creativity and business by Madonna as a young gay man. Watching her be able to crush the ceiling in so many ways in the music business, was a truly liberating experience to me and I’ve applied that into my own life and work. Constantly making a better version of oneself and walking that walk is what I’m interested in doing both personally and in business. We have tried so many things in Pomona at 340. Some successful and others trial and error. From LIVE acts such as TRINA, DEV, MYA, MARIAH LYNN, CUPCAKKE, ROBIN S, PTAF, FRANKIE J, AMANDA PEREZ, ERIKA JAYNE, NINA SKY, KHIA to Special Guest Reality stars BIG ANG, LATOYA JACKSON, JENNA JAMESON, NEW YORK aka TIFFANY POLLARD and countless others we have made our name and staple in the gay community being recognized by club operators nationwide for what we do. What I think we are most recognized for is our growth within the community. Having young people be able to have a safe place to come to and express themselves in becoming who they are is priceless. The environment in Pomona can be an experience as logistically 340 has three dance floors, two levels, three bars and hosts early shows giving the patrons quite a variety of dancers, DJs and drag entertainers. We are also very famous for our FREE Meet and Greets with famous Rupaul Drag Race Reality stars rarely seen in California which we fly in from all over the country twice Monthy to host and perform on Weekends. In addition our Resident Friday Host David Petruschin, known as RAVEN in Character is a Runner Up on Season 2 of Drag Race as well as All Stars and has graduated to the top of the chain into the official Make-Up Artist of the legendary Rupaul. Our guests have become as spoiled with talent as a California resident is to the beautiful weather daily. And, I’m okay with that!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Finances! Finding out what works and what does not work. I don’t like to up the cover charge or change it. I like the guest to know what to expect when coming to 340. Getting a GREAT VALUE is important to me for longevity. It also does not let me rely on the special guests so much. Whether we have them or not, we are strong on our own. I want it to be an enhancement. Making that work is a craft.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about 340 Restaurant and Nightclub – what should we know?
I think I covered most of that, however, Birthday celebrations that fit literally any budget from FREE to bottle service is another extreme value we offer. Our talent and consistent high volume really set us apart from others. I am so grateful and appreciative that we have the support we do. People are constantly bringing friends to experience 340. Just this past weekend as the Olympics were being held we had a translator bring a beautiful gal from South Korea to celebrate her birthday. God constantly reminds me through messages like that, I am right where I am suppose to be in this life. Making others HAPPY.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My faith, passion and endless work ethic! 🙂 I also wanted to thank these people Karen Gutierrez who is the Creator of Thursday Nights GIRLS LOCKER ROOM. Also Oswaldo Gonzalez who built and maintains the Sound and Lighting. Michael Bada the General Manager. DJ’s Ben Castro, Rafiel Moriena, Volterra and Lazy Eye plus our Latin Room DJ’s on the weekends Gilberto Galindo and Rubin Sanchez.
- Wednesdays $5 Any Drink all Nite is our best Drink Special
- Address: 340 South Thomas Street
- Website: 340nightclub.com
- Phone: 909-865-9340
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/340nightclub
- Facebook: Facebook.com/340nightclub
- Twitter: Twitter.com/340nightclub
- Yelp: 340 Restaurant and Nightclub
- Other: Snapchat @the340nightclub