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Did You "Honk" in Agreement with Today's Massage Parlor Protestors?

A few braved the very cold temperatures to come out and protest against the signage and more associated with a new massage business coming to town.

 

"This is not what Clinton wants on our Main Street," said resident Jane Scully Welch, who, along with other like-minded individuals, protested today at Post Office Square.

The protest is related to the proposed signage and opening this month of Serenity Massage & Wellness Center at 1 East Main Street (former Clinton Music Center store) at the corner of Post Office Square and East Main Street in Clinton. 

"We will be on Main Street and Post Office Square with signs and balloons and loud voices to let the landlord know and the renters know that we find this completely unacceptable behavior," said Welch. "We will be there at 10am and if you agree that it is not an acceptable store front...please come and join us!!"

The owner on record of the building is William Chittenden of Clinton.

Late last month, it was , was moving into the former Music Center's location. Owner Yuhan Cai, who spoke to Patch, promised there would be no problems like the former Jade Massage experienced in 2012 which included arrests for prostitution. Jade Massage is now closed, but was located just one storefront away on the same block belonging to Mr. Chittenden.

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The business is approved by the town's current regulations, but that isn't stopping many from protesting against another massage parlor.

Welch said that there are many new and nice things to celebrate about town including "the renovations to beautiful town hall, a great steeple on the Methodist Church, a wonderful harbor, many playing fields for our youth, some grand old homes, the Abraham Pierson School which stands among the history of Route 1, the quaint and lovely Church of the Holy Advent" and more.

"There are so many things to admire about our hometown," said Welch, "so why all the negativity? Let's start 2013, our 350th year on a positive note." 

"I live in Clinton, I am involved in Clinton and I truly love this Town," said Welch. "BUT...there is one spot in Clinton that has just infuriated many of us.  On the corner of Main Street and Post Office Square stands a building that has stood for many a year.  It has in the past been many things, insurance, drug store, music shop and now it is poised to become a massage parlor!!!  We all have lived here for many years and we love this town - don't you??  Should we not all be striving to make it a better place?"

Victor Hugo January 03, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Yes Gail, I have googled it. But I did more than that, I read the reviews, which reveal a lot of displeased customers who feel they wasted their money when they sought sexual services, but were turned away instead. But thank you for speculating, as this illustrates my point as to the unfairness and inventiveness that some will attempt.
DisgruntledInClinton January 03, 2013 at 10:34 PM
I don't find the sign obscene. I do find it tacky. There is nothing like a good, professional massage. We have several qualified, highly trained professional massage therapists in our area and none of them have tawdry signage like Post Office Square's. There is nothing professional looking about that sign and those cheapo curtains. Excuse me, "window treatments".
DisgruntledInClinton January 03, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I believe it was Ms. Scully who referred to Clinton as "Clintucky". As my best friend lives in a gorgeous town in KY, I must protest! (Just kidding, Clintucky is hysterical!)
DisgruntledInClinton January 03, 2013 at 10:38 PM
That nail "saloon", Jay, is tucked back in a corner, not right on Rte. 1. BTW, if you've never been there, the employees and owners are really nice. There are different expectations from a nail salon than from a place that deals in nude/almost nude bodies.
Donna Marcinek January 04, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Dear Jay D Ms Scully Welch was born and raised in Clinton. She has been my friend since we went to kindergarten together. She moved around the country with her husband Tom for many years but when it was time to retire they decide to come "home". Once here she formed the "pretty Committee" which is responsible for many good works included decorating Clinton for .Christmas, adopting families for Christmas, picking up garbage along the roads of Clinton, leading groups from Morgan to participate in helping out etc etc. Maybe you and others whose names we do not know would like to contribute a fraction of this effort in HELPING out this town. Thanks Jane!
Laura January 04, 2013 at 01:53 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.
JayD January 04, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Donna Many good deeds can be destroyed by other actions. Ms Welch may perform many good deeds but there have been times when I find her other actions to be quite detrimental to the image of the town of Clinton.
Maria January 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM
If anyone knows the phone number of the landlord I will give him a call. I would love to lease that space and put in a food business that I am sure everyone in the town would love.
Jay January 04, 2013 at 05:26 PM
When is the "demonstration " scheduled with Channel 3 in front ot the StopNShop massage Nail/Massage parlor? Probably half of Clinton shops in that mall and has/is exposed to the same advertising come on you object to up the street. Pick up your your pitchforks and torches and spend another twenty minutes getting your picture taken continuing to make Clinton a laughing stock and reminding everyone how long it took the local police to make a "case" with Jade.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Maria - a copy of the paperwork I have for the building application lists the Owner as Chittenden William M. Jr. Trustee, 31 Leffingwell Road, Clinton. No phone number is listed on the application.
Vindaloo January 04, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Maybe. They do have covered windows, frequent turnaround, illegal immigrant employees dropped off and picked up for their night jobs in a van. They only ring credit card sales through the register. Most cash transactions under the table. Why do you think towns like Madison don't have these businesses? The town authorities should know this. Clinton looks stupid. Sheesh..and you wanna blame the school system.
Vindaloo January 05, 2013 at 12:33 AM
He will not allow a food business in there because he doesn't wan't to fix his septic. The water isn't drinkable because it has lead pipes and the sink has a black ring from the lead. He advertised the space with a yellow sign in his window. No newspaper, no agent. He wouldn't spend the money. He wants to do nothing but collect money. Inherited properties. Taxes paid many times over already from past rentals. Threatens to raise the rent every time there's talk about taxes.
Barbara Corcoran January 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
What next? Book burning at the library?
citizen January 07, 2013 at 02:41 PM
If you do simple research on Serenity, you'll find they only accept cash. I understand the additional cost involved with credit card transactions, however this also raises a red flag with me.
Victor Hugo January 08, 2013 at 12:08 AM
If you make a simple phone call, you'll find that all of their family stores do accept credit cards.
Victor Hugo January 08, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I read the reviews on "Rubmaps". Did you? Serenity was reviewed as a massage parlor that gives a good massage but DOES NOT condone "extras".
Victor Hugo January 08, 2013 at 12:33 AM
I read the review. Obviously he was disgruntled about not receiving a foot rub with his massage. The foot rub is clearly on their service menu as a separate item, with a separate price. He does mention that he didn't receive the notorious "happy ending". I don't understand why you posted the link, except maybe to point out that there was an unhappy customer?
Victor Hugo January 08, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Oh. I'd like to hear what those "expectations" are that differentiate a nail salon which offers massage therapy, and a place that only offers massage therapy.
Concerned January 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM
How about changing our town's zoning regulations so a business like this would not be able to exist in our center if town?
Concerned January 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Why don't we change our town's zoning regulations to prevent a business like this from opening in the center of our town? You don't see business like this in Madison.
Ed Annino January 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
So we're supposed to be like Madison. That is truly a sad thought. I am proud to live in Clinton. I've been here over 30 years. This is a legitimate business. Give it a rest. Move on to more important things that would make our wonderful town even better.
Sharon Harris January 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Wow, are you going to use the shackles in the town square. People, this is the millennium not the days of the Puritans. Stop, grow up, half naked picture, really you don't where your T-shirt to get a massage. Suppose you don't let you local pharmacy sell People magazine never know what you may see in there.
Vindaloo February 01, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I notice that the sign inside the new massage, now called Resort & Spa, no longer Serenity, has a sign inside that says Jade Massage. The exact same sign that Jade used. Not the same people????????????????????
Richard Gallagher February 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
So what ? Guilford has Ritual's Spa right in the town center. It might help the image of that business in the Clinton center if they painted the exterior of the building, its a mess. Thats the real disgrace.
Vindaloo March 04, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I am absolutely certain that it is not a real spa. My opinion comes from experience. .
Vindaloo March 04, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Yeh, a paint job is all it needs >.<. Then what goes on in the business will be all better. Ritual's this place is definitely not. Most people can see tha very clearly.
Vindaloo March 04, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Obviously Ed, you've never been to a real massage business, or you'd know immediately that this isn't one.
Vindaloo March 04, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Family stores LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!! An Victor, I know you ran and housed Jade's "employees, and now you're running this spa the same way. I'm glad at least someone made you remove the sign on your property. You don't get to post signs all over town advertising the business like you did with Jade. Please remove the asian massage sign you have up facing the railroad tracks.
Victor Hugo March 05, 2013 at 03:54 AM
CathyLou, you really are ignorant. I have no clue who owned or operated Jade, neither do I have any business association with the current owner. She (the owner) and her family are personal friends of mine. The sign came down after I advised her it would be better for community relations. She didn't hesitate. The Jade sign you saw was given to her by the landlord, who saw it stored in the basement and whom thought she might be able to use THE FRAME of the sign. I took a few moments to review some of your other posts on other topics. I see you have a long history of cynicism and negativity. I'm sure you have your own personal reasons for being so bitter. I must say that I really enjoyed this one particular post that was made on a different topic on Clinton's Patch, so recently, in fact: Who is anyone .... to be so simple minded as to judge the value of anothers work and life? Patch has become little more than a venue for venting hate rather than having productive debate Sound familiar? It should, considering it was YOU. On this, I truly agree with you.
Vindaloo March 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Victor, you're not fooling me. I saw you at Jade every week and I saw the girls going back and forth to your building every day. You ran Jade and you run this place also. That sign was never in the basement. I absolutely now that for a fact. I'm not the only one who knows what you're doing.

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