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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
A masseur charged with a sexual assault at Massage Escape Spa (2352 Wisconsin Ave.) is believed to have fled to China, court documents show. Zhenkai Tong, who worked under the name “Tommy,” was arrested on October 4 after a client called police to report that he had violated her digitally during a massage. Two days later, Tong was charged with felony sex abuse and released on his own recognizance. He was ordered to surrender his passport to authorities, but instead used it to flee the country around October 9, court documents state.

News4′s Shomari Stone interviewed the client. When the massage became invasive, she told Stone, “my first thought was, ‘Am I going to die here?’ I felt that literally nobody knew where I was.” The client yelled for Tong to stop, but he held her down on the table and told her there was still time left her the massage, according to the criminal complaint. After she was able to free herself, Tong told her, “It’s OK. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” the complaint states.

On October 27, the client filed suit against the spa and Groupon, through which she had received a discount for the massage. The suit alleges that Tong was not properly licensed and that spa management failed to take corrective action after a prior customer posted a warning about inappropriate sexual contact on the spa’s Yelp page. At press time, neither defendant had filed a formal response to the suit. An initial conference in the case is scheduled for January 30.

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Massage Escape Spa, which offers deep-tissue massage, hot stone massage, and foot massage, opened earlier this week at 2352 Wisconsin Ave. The spa occupies the second and third floors of the Head & Nails manicure shop building, which is located between Bourbon and Arcuri.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Heads & Nails manicure salon recently opened in the first floor of 2352 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Shade & Shutter Shack. A massage therapy studio called Massage Escape Spa is planning to occupy the building’s second and third floors.

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From the December/January 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On October 2, the Massage Escape Spa Company won zoning approval to construct a massage spa at 2352 Wisconsin Ave., next door to Bourbon. The spa is planned for the building’s second and third floors. It will feature a reception area plus eight private massage rooms, according to plans submitted to the National Capital Planning Commission. As we have previously reported, the building’s first floor is in the process of becoming a nail salon.

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From the September 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Work has begun on a manicure shop in the first floor of 2352 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Shade & Shutter Shack. A building permit posted in the window lists the shop’s name as Head and Nails. A therapeutic massage business planned for the building’s upper floors has applied for zoning approval under the name of Massage Escape Spa Company. A Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing on the matter is scheduled for October 2.

 

 

 

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We’d heard rumors that part of 2352 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Shade & Shutter Shack, would become a manicure shop, but now there’s proof. A building permit application filed last week for the vacant building—which is located next door to Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.)—is for “interior work for a nail salon,” a source at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs tells us.

As previously reported, another part of the building is slated to be turned into a therapeutic massage business, if city approvals go through. Representatives of the business, Massage Escape Spa, will address Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B at their June 14 meeting to request support for their plan.

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A couple of weeks back, we reported a rumor that two upper floors of the vacant property at 2352 Wisconsin Ave., formerly home to Shade & Shutter Shack, had been rented by a massage business. Now, we have what looks like proof: a building permit application filed on Tuesday. Though the names of permit applicants are not publicly released, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs does confirm that this particular applicant will need a special zoning exception because they want to use the space primarily for massages. Details as they develop.

We hear the ground floor of this building may have been rented to a nail salon. We earlier reported that next-door neighbor Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) was seeking to expand to 2352 Wisconsin; now we’re hearing it’s only the patio they have their eye on. Bourbon owner Bill Thomas has not responded to our requests for comment.

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