A little more than a month ago, Melissa Borrett was waiting tables and living at the Occupy Lubbock encampment.
Struggling to make ends meet, the 26-year-old decided to move forward with a brainstorm she'd had recently. Why not combine something practical (like cleaning) with something profitable and popular (like nudity)? And, thus, Fantasy Maid Service of Lubbock was born.
Customers can shell out $100 an hour for one maid or $150 an hour for two. Clients can request the amount of nudity — from lingerie to topless to fully naked. Aside from that, it's a fairly straightforward cleaning service.
"While we do offer nude maid service," the maid service website warns, "this is not a sexually oriented business. No physical contact is permitted and security will be present at all times."
"I was a waitress at a strip club, so I'm relatively comfortable in this type of environment," Borrett told CultureMap in a phone interview. "I'd been talking about the idea with friends for a while, and in February, I decided to just do it."
"I'm looking to expand the business to different cities," Borrett said. "Houston's actually one of the fir st places on my list. I have a fairly serious investor there right now."
As a single mother juggling work and school with her ongoing responsibilities with the occupy movement, Borrett found it was time to became her own boss. She hired three fantasy maids and began posting in the household services section of Craiglist. Business has been booming ever since.
"We have a large and incredibly diverse crowd of customers," Borrett said, "although, most are business professionals." She added that the company also offers law enforcement and military discounts.
All the success, however, has brought the scrutiny from area authorities. Lubbock Police Department sergeant Jonathan Stewart told local new reporters from KCBD-TV he considers Fantasy Maid Service a sexually oriented business that requires a $650 annual permit as well as a $5,000 surety bond or letter of credit.
"Just the fact employees are topless or semi nude in this case — it's just not allowed," Stewart said.
Borrett told CultureMap she not heard from the police since she started and is more concerned with growing the company at this time.
"The fantasy maids are just the first piece of an larger plan," she said. "I'm looking to expand the business to different cities. Houston's actually one of the first places on my list. I have a fairly serious investor there right now."
Borrett said she is working with a lawyer to iron out the details of Fantasy Maid's future and, as of yet, could not announce the full extent of her broader business ideas.
"I have big plans and hope to help out a lot of people along the way, especially people who've struggled financially or struggled with homelessness. I want others to be able to experience the success I've had," she explained.
"I'm kind of a hardcore Occupy nerd."