Club owner says she thought she had a license to operate

A Columbus woman faces charges after police say they shut down her illegal nightclub, the Parlay Lounge, on Friday. But she says the whole incident is a misunderstanding.

26 year old Trina Boykins says she was having a birthday party at her Cusseta Road nightclub Friday night when police burst in around 11 p.m.  She recalls, “They put me in handcuffs and took me to jail. They charged me with brown bagging, charging without a liquor license and operating a business without a license. But I didn't know I didn't have a license.”
Boykins says she quickly contacted her husband, and he paid her $1,142 bond from Kuwait, where he's currently deployed . She says, “I went down there to pay back in November  and they told me they will process the liquor license and business license together. I paid for the license. It wasn't it wasn't intentional it was a case of misinformation.”
According to police, the club has not yet been approved for alcohol and business licenses, but they are pending with the city. Boykins showed NBC 38 some of the flyers she said she passed out to advertise for the event. She explains, “They said the part on my flyers that says bring they're own bottle that's what raised a red flag. I wouldn't intentionally advertise something was illegal.”
Boykins says she's willing to pay whatever she owes the city to make sure her establishment is legitimate. She says, “I want people to know they can come out without police raiding the place.”

Boykins says the Parlay Lounge has been opened since February.

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