Body-rub parlour gives up fight against baby store

An Edmonton body-rub parlour has dropped its appeal trying to prevent a baby store from opening up in the same strip mall.
The parlour cited a city bylaw that prevents body-rub businesses from opening close to places where children gather.

An Edmonton body-rub parlour has dropped its appeal trying to prevent a baby store from opening up in the same strip mall.

The Two Mothers baby supply store was set to open earlier this month in the Ritchie neighbourhood.

But that opening was delayed when owners Joanna Haydaman and Tracey Stolarchuk were told that a body-rub parlour two doors away from their location had appealed to the city.

The landlord of the parlour, Spa Radiance, launched the appeal because the baby store would cater to children and families.

The parlour cited a city bylaw which said body-rub businesses cannot be within 100 metres of places where children gather.

The issue was set to be heard by the city’s development appeal board Thursday.

However, the city’s website now says the appeal has been withdrawn.

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