Shelby Loosens Restrictions on Massage Parlors after Decades Old Prostitution Allegations

A change in the way Shelby Township does business with massage parlors has opened the doors for more massage parlors to open in Shelby Township.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees is loosening restrictions on massage parlors in the Township after an ordinance in the 1990s was passed to prevent prostitution at massage establishments.

Township Attorney Rob Huth said the industry has changed in the past 20 years, but in the early 90s, there was a high-profile case involving allegations of prostitution at a Shelby Township massage parlor. 

“There were allegations of prostitution at several massage parlors,” he added. 

For many years, the ordinance stated massages had to be done as an accessory to another business, such as a salon or doctor’s office. Now, a massage parlor can open in the city with the board’s approval of a special land use.

“We’re treating them differently. There will still be regulations, but it’s more reasonable,” said Huth.

The board’s decision has paved the way for LaVida Massage owner Stefanie Parenti to continue with her plan to open a center at the Hall Road Crossing shopping center.

“I choose to open LaVida in Shelby because my friend grew up here. We’re thrilled, and I think it’s a slam dunk for everyone,” Parenti, who own a LaVida franchise in Lake Orion, told the board.

LaVida Massage will occupy a 3,000-square foot building inside the shopping center off Hall Road, and will have several therapists trained in therapeutic massages and skincare.

Parenti said all therapists have completed massage school and the required practice hours. The Shelby Township Clerk’s office is responsible for regulating the therapists, and their qualifying documents.

Don Need March 08, 2012 at 07:28 PM
As somebody who studied medicine to become a chiropractor, I can really see the value in massage. I enjoyed reading the article. Massage can really help you live longer, give you a greater quality of life. I provide massages in Longview, WA http://www.drstilldc.com to my clients who come to me for chiropractic treatment. I often recommend massage to people to compliment their treatments. I think that allowing more massage therapists to come in will give a greater opportunity for people to get massages.
Sammy V. March 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Me love this news story long time.
Thomas Delise March 09, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I wonder if the clerk gets free massages?
Jeffery Berz March 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Mr. Viar looks like he could use a good free massage.
Thomas Delise March 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
HollA !!! Viar sure was crankyyyyyyyyyy the other night.
Truthful Enquirer March 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Show me the double-blind randomized studies to support your claims. Longitudinal studies would be best to substantiate your claim of longevity. Subjective inferences as in, "I feel better," is not science and should not be included.
Jeffery Berz March 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Somebody needs to open a School of Manners in Shelby. I'll gladly pay the tuition for clerk "mister stanley grot". He missed all of those classes when he was in school. He was probably in the office for being the playground bully.
Seymour Concerned March 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I'm not entirely sure Communist Poland punished school bullies... If Grot was not born and raised in communist Poland, his English teacher should be fired. I have a difficult time understanding him and clearly he is ESL.
Jeffery Berz March 30, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Dat is correct! Vat dey did was to beat da kids with da shtick. Vat is your name and address for da record?
Jeffery Berz March 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
He was Grumpy along with Sneezy and Stupid!
Jeffery Berz April 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Waiting for Matt G. to tell me that my last comment was of racial content like he has done on other comments I have made. My answer again will be that it's all in the interpretation or how one can twist another persons words to make them look bad.
Matt Guarnieri April 14, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Mr. Berz, No twisting needed, they are your words, you own them. You are racist and prejudice but wish to "twist" this into something unoffensive. I don't let my children make fun of another's ethnicity and have to call adults on it to be consistent. I assume you see nothing wrong with attacking another's ethnicity and have raised children to think as you do. Good for you, I bet you think you did a good job there too.
Jeffery Berz April 14, 2012 at 09:53 PM
What a fool! Look who has a record with kids...
Matt Guarnieri April 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I have no record, do you?
Jeffery Berz April 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Of what? I didn't mention any names. Do you take this personally? I'll also thank you not to make comments about my family. I don't say anything about your daughters and I would expect the same in return. My daughters and my Granddaughter have done nothing to you! You can say what you want to me but leave my family out of your comments please.
Matt Guarnieri April 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I was commenting on the ethics of their father, not them. When I was a kid, I was told if you made fun of the way someone else talked it was bullying and if you made fun of a person’s ethnic accent it was prejudicial and racist. I have extended the ethics I was raised with to my own children; I assume all fathers do this, thus, my comment. I could be wrong; a child’s mother can also have an influence on a person’s ethics so the children may not be racist, bigoted bullies like their father.
Jeffery Berz April 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
LOL! The stuff that comes out of you is amazing. You can do no wrong but you find fault in everything everybody else says or does. Good for you! I don't have any problem with anyone's race, color or ethnic background. Ask anyone who knows me. As I said my comments were directed at Mr. Grot because I don't like him. You certainly have no problem slamming Bob Leman, Lisa Manzella or the Nightingale family. It's OK for Matt to sling the mud but not anyone else. Go ahead and FO twist what I say if it makes you feel like a big man. I really don't care what you think. I just wanna say thanks for your comments and "thanks for coming down". Sir, please sit down. You're out of order!!!


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