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.