De-anne Palmer thought the soft-spoken man with his long list of clients was her best massage therapist. Instead, she fears he may destroy her business.
Felipe D. Cruz may also leave Palmer forever questioning her own judgment in people, she said.
Cruz, who worked as an independent contractor at Palmer’s D2 Day Spa in Englewood for about 10 months, was indicted this week on charges of sexually assaulting women who came to him for massages.
Palmer said she let Cruz go immediately after he was arrested in November, when a woman said he inappropriately fondled her and contacted police. Since then, five other women have come forward to report unwanted sexual contact, according to authorities.
“As soon as he was arrested, I told him not to come back,” Palmer said. “It was such a big shock — he had impeccable credentials, he had insurance. But I’m just devastated knowing that a woman who came to my place of business was assaulted.”
Cruz, 52, was indicted on 14 counts, including sexual assault by digital penetration and 11 counts of criminal sexual contact on incidents dating back to March 2013, according to the indictment.
It is unclear where the other alleged assaults took place. Palmer said Cruz worked in other spas and also had his own business. It is also unclear where Cruz lived.
Cruz obtained his license from the state Division of Consumer Affairs in 2012 and has had no disciplinary actions against him. On Friday, a spokesman for the department said the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy will contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office “for additional information for its use in considering possible disciplinary action.”
According to jail records, Cruz was released on $75,000 bail after his first arrest. He was arrested again several days later after other women contacted law enforcement to say they had also been assaulted. He is being held at the Bergen County Jail.
Customers at the spa fill out surveys after their massages, and Cruz always received excellent reviews, Palmer said.
“He was very quiet, into Eastern philosophies,” Palmer said. “He massaged men and women, and no one ever complained to me about him. He seemed like a great therapist.”
Her business has taken a big hit from Cruz’s departure, she said. He had about 100 clients at D2 Day Spa, but only about 10 returned after he left, and new clients who heard about the arrest have canceled appointments, Palmer said.
COUNTRYSIDE – Countryside’s City Council postponed a public hearing to permanently revoke a massage parlor’s business license at a meeting April 9.
City Administrator Gail Paul said the decision came about after Lucky Day Spa’s attorney asked for a continuance.
Lucky Day Spa, located at 6525 Joliet Road, had their business license suspended and will remain closed until the next hearing, Paul said.
Countryside Police Chief Joe Ford said the spa’s license was suspended after an employee of the spa was charged with prostitution during an undercover police operation conducted by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
Yang Kang, 60, was charged with prostitution at 11:17 a.m. March 31 at the business.
Ford said there was also a violation against the owner’s massage license for allowing staff to work at the spa who weren’t licensed.
After an investigation, Ford said the police department also found the business had been advertising on Internet sites typically used for prostitution.
The public hearing has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 14 at City Hall, 5550 East Ave.
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FERNDALE — A new day spa will have grand opening on Wednesday, April 16.
3Sixty Day Spa has moved to 1920 Main St. Owner Karlene Winchester formerly ran Lifestyles Therapeutic Massage Center on James Street in Bellingham.
The grand opening will feature food, beverages music and prizes.
Winchester was recently named the Novalash’s Lash Artist of the Year. Novalash is a global distributor of eyelash extension products. In a news release, Novalash noted Winchester’s dedication and superior technique in naming her artist of the year.
The Ferndale spa offers a variety of services, including eyelash extensions, skin care, facials, full waxing services, airbrush tanning and massage.
Details about the business can be found at 3sixtydayspa.com or by calling 360-610-6811.
Established by Joseph Norris and Richard S. Mason in March of 2003, the Richard Scott Day Spa is located in beautiful Mount Kisco, NY. Their full service salon is open, and spacious with talented stylists and great energy.
Private rooms are available for the confidential and sensitive issue of Hair Replacement. The Day Spa is a serene elegant sanctuary for healing, wellness and rejuvenation. For more information about this salon, visit www.richardscottsalon.com.
Name of Owners: Richard S. Mason, Joseph Norris
Date of Opening: (Is this a new salon or a renovated salon?) Opened March 11, 2003, Renovated 1/13- 4/2013
Description of Style: (Modern, sleek, etc) Modern streamline and spacious, Spa is tranquil and warm
Square Footage: 7000 sq. ft.
Number of Styling Stations: 22 cutting, 11 color, 4 mani, 4 pedi, 2 make up
Number of Treatment Rooms: 6 treatment rooms, 2 locker rooms, 4 showers
Salon/Spa Equipment Lines Used: Assorted
Furniture Lines Used: Belvedere
Retail Lines Carried: PG Exclusive Partner. Wella, Nioxin, Sebastian, YonKa, Skinceuticls and Indie Lee
Color Lines Used: Wella
Tech Support: Salon Ultimate
“Love Hip Hop Atlanta” star Lil’ Scrappy was screaming mad last week when his daugher Emani’s birthday party was ruined. All was made good though as, Wetpaint reported on April 7, because a different salon stepped in and made things right for the birthday girl.
Lil’ Scrappy and Erica Dixon had planned for their daughter Emani to have a spa day with her friends to celebrate her ninth birthday last weekend. The party was cancelled though after the salon owner said Scrappy and his family were more than 2 hours late. Scrappy insists they were 20 minutes late though and cried foul (actually cried racism.)
There was even more controversy over the refund due to Scrappy for the cancelled party. He insists he got a partial refund, the owner says she paid him back in full. The loser in all of this though was Emani. The 9-year old girl was reportedly devastated after having her party cancelled. What kid wouldn’t be upset?
Thankfully, Dazzling Diva Day Spa was able to step in. They gave Emani and her friends the spa treatment and made her birthday extra special. Lil Scrappy and Erica were on hand for the party and all went great.
Emani was all smiles as Scrappy documented the party and shared it with his fans on Instagram. He shared picture after picture of Emani and friends getting their hair done and colored with wash out color. They also got manicures and pedicures. It was a great day of pampering for the birthday girl.
On Sunday morning in South Bend, Indiana, a 19-year-old Notre Dame student broke in and vandalized a day spa. Then, he ate a shitload of Hot Pockets, Drumsticks and macaroni and cheese and passed out.
Police found an unconscious Brian McCurren inside Theraputic Indulgence, which incurred several thousand dollars worth of damage from the drunken spree. According to WSBT-TV, police reported that McCurren wrecked everything in the joint and sprayed a fire extinguisher in almost every room of the salon.
“He grabbed a hammer and pounded his way through a wall to get inside,” owner Sara Ros Frazier said. “It’s just so senseless.”
McCurren then raided the fridge, which contained the absolute worst melange of junk food found in any day spa across the Midwest. McCurren snacked on an entire box of Hot Pockets, a serving of macaroni and cheese and Drumsticks.
McCurren is now looking at charges related to burglary, underage drinking and vandalism. He was also completely unapologetic at the time of arrest, details of which are included in the local news segment below–which is dynamite:
We aim to consistently exceed the expectations of our guests and provide them with an eexceptional experience, every time.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
Spavia day spa franchise has four current locations in Colorado and has plans to expand to open 10 more spas. Spavia is focused on Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and will be opening several more in the Denver Metro area. While the mountain resorts towns are potential markets, they are currently under evaluation by the company.
“We have been pleasantly surprised by the demand in our current Denver Metro locations,” according to Allison Langenderfer, President of Spavia.
Spavia was created in 2005, as the pioneer of a neighborhood spa concept. Since then, the franchise has opened four locations. The exemplary service provided by Spavia sets it apart from the competition. A wide range of spa services plus a membership wellness program makes Spavia unique.
This area is one of the most competitive spa/day spa markets in the country, but Spavia’s core focus on service is making it the preferred spa in the areas it serves.
“Spavia takes pride in delivering an exceptional spa experience to each guest,” says Allison Langenderfer. “We aim to consistently exceed the expectations of our guests and provide them with an exceptional experience, every time.”
It is with this philosophy that Spavia continues to grow in one of the most competitive spa markets in the country. Spavia has a unique pricing structure offering tiered membership options, making spa services affordable. Spavia offers a wide range of services including massage, skin care and body treatments and also accommodates groups for events such as company gatherings, birthdays and bridal parties.
“Exceptional service demands a clear focus on what our guests need and want. We constantly survey and take the pulse of our guests so we continue to get better and better. Continuous improvement is part of our culture,” says Allison.
Spavia has four locations in Colorado and plans to open 10 new spas in the Denver/Boulder corridor. Spavia also plans to expand nationwide in 2014. For more information about franchise opportunities visit spaviadayspa.com/franchise/home.
Spavia currently has four locations in Colorado; in the Denver area located near Park Meadows and in Greenwood village. The two newest locations are in The Orchard Town Center and Boulder. As a neighborhood spa concept, Spavia provides guests high quality, custom and affordable spa services in a relaxing atmosphere. Spavia provides customers with spa treatments like massages, facials, waxing and body treatments. Through the offering of memberships, the concept is based upon continuity of services to promote personal wellness. Spavia is changing the perception of spas. The spa experience is no longer a costly luxury-SPAVIA is for anyone who wants to frequently relax, escape and thrive. Spavia’s future franchise plans include growth in neighborhood locations nationwide. Franchise opportunities are currently available.
He reportedly lay like a champion when the cops found him still drunk.
Multiple outlets out of South Bend, Ind., report that Brian McCurren, a student at the University of Notre Dame, was discovered asleep in a wreck of frozen food and property damage at a day spa Sunday morning while police responded to a fire alarm at the establishment. Macaroni and cheese heating in an antique oven set off the alarm, spa owner Sara Frazier said — just one item that McCurren, 19, helped himself to after allegedly breaking into Therapeutic Indulgence overnight with the use of a 100-pound flower pot.
“I guess he got hungry and found his way up to the kitchen that we have as a break room and he got out mac-and-cheese and Hot Pockets that looked good and finished it off with the drumsticks that he was found passed out on,” Frazier said, according to ABC 57 in South Bend.
WNDU added that other vandalism at the scene included broken furniture and day spa equipment, and evidence of a fire extinguisher sprayed throughout the building.
Police arrested McCurren for vandalism, burglary, and minor consumption, the station reported. He blew a .106 Sunday morning in a breath test.
(h/t The Daily Caller)
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