You call the Sarasota-based company, run by a Bradenton woman with a British accent, and order up your butlers for the party date and time you want them to show up.
They have been interviewed for their charm and looks, and had their backgrounds checked.
They are 25 to 35, handsome and sculpted.
They are polite and not into hanky-panky, but they will answer the door, hand out the drinks and food, and help tidy up afterwards, wearing nothing but strategically placed aprons, bow ties and cuffs.
The British woman who took on the franchise is Alexandra Jones. Before she moved to Bradenton from the United Kingdom two years ago, she had arranged for a bachelorette party, hiring a naked butler as a surprise for her guests.
“It just went so well. I thought it was just a perfect concept,” Jones said.
Jones, her husband and her young son and daughter moved to Bradenton because they thought the wholesome Florida lifestyle would be a better environment for raising their family.
“I went online and found there was nothing for women — for fun parties here,” Jones said. “No woman is really that fond of strippers, really.”
So she contacted the company that provided her original au naturel butler and found that indeed, she could arrange a franchise to cover the entire Sunshine State. After traveling back to the U.K. in July and meeting with owner Jason Didcott, Jones signed the deal.
She now has 50 to 70 “butlers” she can count on in cities from Orlando to Tampa to Sarasota to Naples, and basically has more work than she knows what to do with.
Most of the butlers have day jobs.
“I’ve got tennis pros, golf pros, guys who work in gyms, paramedics,” Jones said.
Those interested in applying can do so at butlersinthebuff.com.
“They send over two photos. one has to be a topless upper body shot and the other has to be a head shot, a portrait,” Jones said. “We meet them personally. We have to have guys who look great but also have a great personality. Once they have gotten through the interview stage, we do a background check. Once that comes back clear, we can offer them a position as a butler.”
Starters, they earn $35 per hour plus tips.
For customers, one butler for two hours is $200 — bare minimum.
So what does Jones’ husband think of this new line of work?
“He is fine with it, he has got no problem,” Jones said. “I don’t think he is interested in being a butler. but he probably would like the attention he gets as a butler. most of the guys do.”
<a href="http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110330/ARTICLE/110339967/2055/NEWS?Title=Working-guys-by-day-naked-butlers-by-nighttag:news.google.com,2005:cluster=http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110330/ARTICLE/110339967/2055/NEWS?Title=Working-guys-by-day-naked-butlers-by-nightWed, 30 Mar 2011 18:54:13 GMT 00:00″>Naked butlers wear aprons, bow ties – and little else.