Woodstock upholds license denials to massage operator

The Woodstock City Council has denied the appeal of Golden Sisters LLC, doing business as July Massage, which was refused city licenses after inspectors allegedly found it already operating unlicensed.

Code enforcement officers inspected the business at 3342 Trickum Road on Aug. 7 and found an employee, Qin Tang, providing massage therapy to a customer, City Manager Jeffrey Moon said in a letter to business owner Jian Li.

July Massage was operating without state or city licenses and had said falsely on its occupational tax license application that it would have only one employee, Li; also, Tang did not have a massage therapist’s license, Moon said.

During the appeal hearing, Li and her attorney John Edwards contended Tang was applying for a job and showing how she gave a customer a foot massage; also, Li thought she did not need a license for foot massages under state law and did not know Woodstock made an exception to that.

If this was a foot massage, one official asked, why was the customer naked and in a room with the door closed?

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