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Massage business rubs neighbors the wrong way

"I have a lot of things wrong with my body and these things respond well to massage," said Nancy Heirs, Brown's landlord.

Brown said she is aware of the stigma of people who practice massage, but pointed out they screen all potential clients.

"It's about character. We work on one person at a time, we're not a spa," she reassured local residents. "We're not working with people who are dangerous."

Brown said they never work on people who are under the influence of alcohol because that is illegal.

"It has nothing to do with sex. It is just a therapeutic massage that helps mind and body. They do wonders for people," said client Carolyn Rand.

"I'm not surprised that there were a lot of fear and concerns. When they really had to bring it back to reality it was about traffic," Brown said. "We really do want to be a part of the community."

The board's decision will rest on if it will generate more traffic than a normal residential house.

A decision will be made at the next meeting of the board on Wednesday, Aug 6. The board will take a closer look at similar permit requests and decide if the traffic generated would be comparable.

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