NEW INFORMATION: Snuggling business opens in Madison

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison business that's offering snuggles for $60 an hour says it's finally open after receiving the necessary city permits.

The Snuggle House in Madison was supposed to launch last month, but city officials said it had not obtained a certificate of occupancy and to show that it has hiring, training, security and other written protocols. The city wanted assurances the Snuggle House is a legitimate business and not a place of prostitution.

Owner Matthew Hurtado says the Snuggle House has a thick manual detailing proper protocol, eight security cameras, and his staff has extensive training on how to handle various scenarios.

Staff member Lonnie Johnson tells the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1hOnK5q ) two appointments were handled Friday.

AP-WF-11-16-13 2217GMT

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison business that is offering snuggles for $60 an hour hopes to open this week.

The Snuggle House in Madison was supposed to launch last Tuesday. But Jennifer Zilavy, an assistant city attorney, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel(http://bit.ly/GUfakZ) the business still needs a certificate of occupancy and to show that it has hiring, training, security and other written protocols.

She says the city's concern is whether the business could lead to prostitution.

Owner Matthew Hurtado says there are eight security cameras and staff has received training about how to react to possible scenarios.

Zilavy said she hadn't seen any written materials, and couldn't say when it would be ready for business.

Hurtado said Sunday he plans to meet with the city Tuesday and turn over the paperwork. He hopes to open Wednesday.

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The owner of the Snuggle House in Madison says he has a plan to address concerns of city officials and hopes to open next week.

Owner Matthew Hurtado says the business passed the building inspection Tuesday morning and a fire inspection is set for Friday.

Assistant city attorney Jennifer Zilavy says the business has not presented a business plan. Zilvay says the city's primary concern is about the potential for prostitution.

But Hurtado says the touch therapy it offers has clear boundaries in place to stay within the law. He says they also plan to have someone monitoring security cameras in the rooms.

He says he and his attorney hope to meet soon with city officials and if that goes well he plans to open next week.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- There won't be much snuggling at the Snuggle House in Madison until the new business obtains the necessary permits to open.

City officials say the business has yet to pass the building and fire inspections it needs for an occupancy permit. Assistant city attorney Jennifer Zilavy says the business has not presented a business plan. Zilvay tells WKOW-TV the city's primary concern is about the potential for prostitution.

But, the owner of the Snuggle House says the touch therapy it offers has clear boundaries in place to stay within the law. The owner's attorney, Tim Casper, says the business won't open until the city is OK with the operation.


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