A day after the Paradise Health Spa is shut down workers nearby the Phelps Avenue shopping center say the empty parking lot speaks endless volumes.
“They don't seem to park right in front of the establishment. They park a little farther away, so there was a big change. Less traffic in the parking lot," Melissa Saunders said.
Saunders was quickly suspicious of the spa when PRN health services moved in two years ago, where a seemingly kind gesture raised some serious red flags.
"We were moving stuff in and out and they just opened the door a tiny crack and said, ‘what do you want? We can't help you, go away,’ and they shut the door, so I thought, wow, for a message parlor, that's a little unusual," Saunders said.
Saunders doesn't think the spa affected PRN business, but she says most people that came in suspected something fishy.
"Once you have an idea of what's going on next door, we were slightly concerned for our clientele. We aren't overly unhappy that they're gone now," Saunders said.
Saunders hopes the spa will be permanently shut down, and be replaced by a business she hopes won't be a stigma to the shopping center as a whole.
"I think the strip is definitely going to bounce back, you have a lot of legitimate businesses here: Culver's, Walgreen’s. I just think it was kink in the whole run of things," Saunders said.