What’s Your Pleasure?

Prior to the Great Quake, the Marina District was a shallow marsh. However, during reconstruction efforts, rubble from the rest of the city was dumped here creating usable land that was sold to developers. Today, the neighborhood boasts gorgeous views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as abundant night life. College students and young professionals alike have flocked to the area, creating a young, hip, and upwardly mobile culture. The neighborhood re-flects its inhabitants with a number of trendy and popular night clubs, restaurants, and other establishments, including Pandora Entertainment.

Officially, it’s Pandora Entertainment, Inc., and specializes in recruiting local talent for modeling, acting, and escort positions. But it’s fairly common knowledge that it’s the most exclusive brothel in the city. Located near the docks, Pandora is hard to miss. From humble beginnings in the sixties, it has expanded until it now owns the entire triangular-shaped block it occupies. Pandora is the only building; the rest of the block has been converted into parking and decorative gardens. Privacy is assured by a high wall surrounding the compound.

According to local scuttlebutt, Pandora was inspired by Xanadu. Not the actual city, but the version from Coleridge’s Kubla Khan. Its design is similar to a 2-story mosque, complete with minarets and a domed roof. The building itself is bone white, and evokes images of ancient whitewashed temples. The dome is done in gold, and is known to catch the light from sunrise or sunset. When hosting events, the staff of Pandora often dress in meticulously accurate, period harem attire, further reinforcing the connection to Coleridge’s poem.

Local reaction to the building has been decidedly mixed. Some hail it as a wonderful addition to San Francisco’s eclectic mix of cultures and styles. Others decry it as a gaudy blight on the senses. Regardless, it is one of the most successful businesses in the area.

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