A New Massage Parlor Is Coming To Town

The owner of Serenity Massage & Wellness Center promises there will be no trouble as there was at Jade Massage.


Maybe moving into the storefront next door will be a charm for a new massage parlor in town. Earlier this year, heads turned and tongues wagged as Jade Massage made news all over the state when its owner was arrested for prostitution.

Jade Massage Therapy aka 888 Massage, located at 3 Post Office Square, was subsequently shut down after police received numerous complaints from citizens that male clients were patronizing the business and engaging in sex with the female employees. 

Now, a new business called Serenity Massage and Wellness Center will be moving into 1 East Main Street, the former location of Clinton Music Center.

(Clinton Music Center is still a business, and can be found online by clicking here.)

A building application for 1 East Main Street for a tenant refit has been approved by the town's Planning & Zoning Department, Tax Department, Health District, the Building Department and the Fire Marshal.

There will be no public hearing on the new business as a massage parlor is considered personal service which falls under the same category as retail (former tenant Clinton Music Center was retail).

An application by Yuhan Cai for a business of reflexology foot massage, waxing, facials, body work and chair massages has been received by the CT River Area Health District.

Patch spoke with Ms. Cai who said her family owns two other Serenity Massage & Wellness Centers in Connecticut: one in Meriden and one in West Hartford. They opened those centers two years ago, she said.

"I have a Connecticut Massage license," said Cai, who noted that she submitted copies of her license to the Clinton town clerk, building department and health department.

She was unaware of the Jade Massage arrests and said, "There won't be any trouble, like before."

"I promise the people of Clinton," she said.

She said the new business is slated to open in January of 2013.

Vindaloo December 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Mike...Exactly! If these regs and spot checks were done with Jade, they would have been out of here without our town going through the humiliation and we would not be going through this again. It was all we were asking then, and it's what we're asking now. I hope the town will support us this time.
J.P. December 20, 2012 at 08:38 PM
"Massage parlor" is associated with "those kind" of businesses. "Massage clinic", "day spa", "wellness center" or simply "massage business" should be associated with legitimate business that offer therapeutic, professional massage therapy as it should be. Thankfully, the overwhelming trend is toward legitmate massage businesses. Massage therapy is health care and should no longer be viewed as simply a luxury to be experienced once in a while. Massage is becoming much more affordable everywhere so all walks of life can take advantage of it on a more regular basis. Once a month is recommended. Sorry to use this forum for my soapbox rant but, I feel obligated as a certified massage therapist and instructor at a highly respected school of massage therapy. I don't know if the day will ever come when these "massage parlors" cease to exist but, I will celebrate at the top of my lungs if it ever does!
DisgruntledInClinton December 20, 2012 at 09:47 PM
No wonder the rest of the shoreline towns look down their noses at us. Highest taxes, crooks on our P&Z board, crappy looking parts of downtown, lower school scores.
DisgruntledInClinton December 20, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Clinton Res, yes, Clinton is famous now for its prostitution ring. It will take a while to die down, just as "Lobstergate" in Madison, where police were stealing lobsters from Lenny & Joe's Fishtale.
Vindaloo December 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
They will be located in the center of the activities for Clinton's 350th anniversary. I'm sure they'll make many photo shots that will be added to the collection of photos at the historical society. They'll be part of our history. Hopefully, they won't be our legacy.
Bruce Farmer December 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Has anybody noticed that as you enter Clinton on the Post Road heading east from Madison that you will see an 18 wheeler flatbed truck loaded with wrecked cars . It is parked in the lot just east of McDONALDS right next to the Post Road (same lot that Ocean State job lot is in. It's on the south side of the road and it is the first thing you see as you enter town - another great sight to see as you enter our town. He probably has permission to park there but it sure is unsightly !!
DisgruntledInClinton December 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Catherine, good observation. Embarrassing! Bruce, as Clinton instituted a law some years ago about preventing people having unsightly yards, i.e., dumpsters for long periods of time, etc., how is this flatbed getting away with this? Question: what is the town garage-type facility used for on Route 81 near Killingworth line? I see private boats and cars being stored there behind a fence, but what is its purpose? The only people I see use it are cops using the driveway for speed traps. Question 2: What happened to the much needed waste water plan we are mandated by the state to build? Is that going to be in the Unilever building? I heard a rumor about that some time ago.
Jenn December 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Everyone wants to tell the landlord (taxpayer) what to do with the property. Start helping him/her with the mortgage and taxes and then maybe you can have a say. Don't even know them- I'm just sayin.
buck99 December 21, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Who is the landlord? What is his name?
alan kravitz December 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Mike, I just did a search that reveals Serenity to be listed on several erotic massage sites and would like to know what else you found. I will be looking at how other communities in the state deal with the issue of adult services in their zoning regulations, you can help by sending links to the "Many other towns" that you refer to.
Jay December 21, 2012 at 02:15 AM
"A building application for 1 East Main Street for a tenant refit has been approved by the town's Planning & Zoning Department, Tax Department, Health District, the Building Department and the Fire Marshal." Obviously a lease has been signed . Mayhaps all the nasayers best quiet down before a lawyer finds cause for a defamation action.
Vindaloo December 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
It's best if all interested parties get the info about the landlord from the town hall assessor's office.
Vindaloo December 21, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Your comment has just highlighted the problems. As for defamation...there is plenty of info on them on the internet. It's more like common knowledge.
Jim Braun December 21, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Seems sort of sketchy to me. Approvals of the sort Jay quoted do not necessarily tip the scale towards either the licit or illicit side. It could either mean the business is legitimate, or they know how to tweak the paperwork based on past experience. This one right on the corner will certainly be more visible than around the corner. I hope it is a legitimate business. Otherwise, it is just one more slap in the face.
Victor Hugo December 21, 2012 at 05:03 AM
What a bunch of gossip queens! Most of you should be ashamed of yourselves, clearly discriminating a legitimately licensed entrepreneur simply because a previous establishment offering the same legal services broke the law. I'm sure the new business owner is well aware of Jade's conduct, and I highly doubt they would attempt to open their establishment under such pretense unless they could certainly maintain legitimacy. To suppose they are one and the same because YOU coin the phrase "Asian massage parlor" is blatant racism. There are several massage therapy establishments registered in Clinton, owned by non-asians, and I haven't seen one gripe. Yet each of these massage therapists, including the prospective owner, carry the same credentials, including but not limited to a license issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Health, a passing grade on a Federal licensing examination, and many hours of training at an approved and accredited massage school. If you feel the need to check for their licensing, then simply ask them to show it to you. Looks to me like they have met the criteria, and should be allowed to maintain their retail shop like the rest of you, hassle free.
Victor Hugo December 21, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I have also done some internet research, and all I see are a bunch of immature men that have posted reviews of massage establishments, asian or otherwise, to divulge which places offer illegal services. Apparently the new owner's other branches in West Hartford and Meriden failed to live up to their expectations. But that's not good enough for you. Instead of commending them for holding higher morals than you credit them with, you would rather discredit them merely because some men will ultimately come there looking for the illegal services? Unethical! Yes Catherine, I called your comments presumptive and racist on another post. Because that's what these comments have been. You have clearly only been interested in spreading lies to gain support. For example, if the landlord was told by the applicant that it would be a nail salon but clearly has nothing to do with that practice, is in violation of the contract agreement which stipulates the intended use of the retail space as well as the zoning application. Why would the prospective business imply the purpose of a nail salon when the other branches have nothing to do with manicures, pedicures or the like. Also, the massage rooms DO NOT have doors, or are "closed" as you imply. Instead, they have curtains to maintain the required privacy for their patrons. Seems to me it isn't the new owner who is lying.
Victor Hugo December 21, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I have seen their advertisements on the internet, specifically on Craig'sList and Backpage. Both of these sites offer advertisement space in therapeutic sections as well as sections for adult activity. You fail to inform your followers that this particular prospective business owner DOES NOT advertise in the adult activity section of either site, only the therapeutic section, along with several other reputable massage therapists. And even if some reviewer were to falsify a review of this business as offering illegal service, I'm sure you would rush to your nearest policeman to offer your credible "proof".
Victor Hugo December 21, 2012 at 05:56 AM
I've seen every comment on this topic, and I do not doubt that each and every one of us sincerely cares about the reputation of Clinton's business structure and appearance. I wish other communities cared as much. But I think many of these comments emulate a snobbish and biased view towards our new neighbor and I feel it is very unjust, and certainly unwelcoming. I hope the police continue to do a marvelous job at attempting to keep our image clean, and are provided the assistance by zoning and other support departments. I also hope the other established business owners and residents also keep a watchful eye on this new business as they would any other. But I also encourage us to welcome Serenity Massage as we would any other new business, with wishes of prosperity and open arms.
Vindaloo December 21, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I'm so disappointed in this town and I am so hurt and disappointed in peoples response. I just don't care anymore. I give up. Merry Christmas everyone. Life is too short for me to deal with this again.
Jim Braun December 21, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Time will tell 'Victor Hugo'. Maybe you are right, but for the mean time, lighten up. Catherine has a right to be angry. I am truly inspired by you to have been so motivated to rise up and register on Patch for the apparently sole purpose of defending a massage parlor against what you perceive as unjust persecution. Truly a noble cause. Catherine, do not let it get to you. Apparently he is either misguided, or, sadly, an investor.
Vindaloo December 21, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Retail shop????????? There is no discrimination or speculation. But.....I no longer have to see the town center every day. I've done my best to help by informing people of what I KNOW. Don't be upset when people from other towns look down on Clinton and make fun of us. If this is what we accept, then, we deserve it. Too bad.....Not really that hard to fix, but, noone will bother.
Steve Bristol December 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Clinton Res...Funny, I've not heard that response even once. However, I always hear 'the town that never met a resident's dollar it didn't want to spend.' As was stated, with the recent experience of a massage parlor on the same block, do you really think the police won't be all over monitoring the business? Brad Sullivan's firm is right across the street. I expect he and his colleagues will be well aware of VISIBLE illegal or questionable activity that was present under the former parlor. Steve
DisgruntledInClinton December 21, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Catherine, I'm with you. I'm so disgusted with this town and how it is run. I really can't wait to retire and move. I grew up partially in Madison and lived in Guilford most of my adult life and I never saw town mismanagment and out of control, uncivil discourse like I do here. And for those of you who will most likely be snarky and tell me to move now, with this economy and home values so low, we can't possibly afford it. The day that Professor Kathleen Skoczen threw her video recorded anger fit at a town vote was the final straw. That this woman is teaching our children is unfathomable. For those sane people out there on The Patch, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a better year for everyone next year.
DisgruntledInClinton December 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
"Vigo Hugo", I have a sincere question. Is there a gay agenda involved here somehow? I can't make the connection. Before you go ballistics, I have many close, wonderful, gay friends and I am a social liberal. But your use of the name, a very famous, openly gay (when people weren't or couldn't be in the 1800s) playwright has me very curious. Catherine, I also will miss you. Hope we meet on another thread.
buck99 December 31, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I believe the landlord's name is Mr. Chittenden. The lease may be legal but, at the very least, it's smarmy.
Harry January 03, 2013 at 09:05 PM
If this is a legitimate business - all therapists will be licensed with the state of CT for Massage Therapy - Ms Cia's has one (I just checked) as a Massage Therapist License # 6517 issued 11/2010 and has no actions or pending charges against her - I would give her the benefit of the doubt as to her business. My wife is a massage therapist who owns her own business and I can assure you that any sexually suggestive behavior would immediately end the session and be banned from returning to her practice. As would the be the case for any professional therapist (male or female). The image shown was not sexual - but I could see how you'd might not what a store front image of a couple relaxing - personally it doesn't offend me - but everyone has there own option of what is appropriate or not - just look at politics and the far left and far right and you will see completely different options on exactly the same topic.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 01:56 AM
They are listed on “Rubmaps”. Rubmaps is a pay site where perverts look when they want a massage with “extras”. They block the real nasty ones but not everything, so be aware. Our town is worth more than this. They will disgrace this town and all the honest massage therapists out there. They need to go now, why wait for them to start up their “side business” when they feel the heat is off.
Me Myself and Eye January 04, 2013 at 11:29 AM
If they are listed there, what are they saying? I imagine the site lists the places where extras are offered and where they are not. When a place is listed it could mean anything. Maybe you have to join the site to find out exactly what they are saying. Perhaps you could elaborate on what that site reports about them. It does appear that people are assuming a listing means they are automatically dirty.
Clinton Resident February 04, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Great to see another "Rub and Tug" open up so quickly again in the center of our town!I hate to call it that but its truly what it is!How many other legitimate massage parlors stay open into late hours of the night....... Also nice to see what used to be Friendlys turn into a pawn shop!I guess we will need it with all the factories closing in town!Would of been nice to see something open that could actually provide jobs and not feed off people hurting in these rough times! -Clinton resident 30 plus years
John March 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I will wait for it to be reviewed first on "MPReviews" to see if it has rub and tugs. If I take one for the team I will let you know.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something