Maple Grove revokes Hawaii Spa business license

The Maple Grove City Council held a hearing to consider what to do with the business license for Hawaii Spa at its Monday, Feb. 3 meeting.

The council had a special meeting to conduct a hearing to consider the business license for Hawaii Spa. The council suspended the business license of Eswin Barrios for Hawaii Spa on Jan. 21. City code provides the grounds for suspension or revocation of a business license for massage services, which includes: 1. Failure to comply with any of the ordinances of the city, rules promulgated thereunder, or statutes of state; and 2. Presence of the massage business being found to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the citizens of the city.

The council reviewed the evidence presented during the hearing.

Barrios’ attorney was not present, but Barrios continued with the hearing.

City Attorney George Hoff presented the council with a draft of findings with nine exhibits. These findings included the application for the business license, which stated the hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Another finding was that the employee did not have a personal massage license on record.

On Jan. 2, the Maple Grove Police Department investigated a report that Hawaii Spa was operating outside of the permissible business hours. That day an undercover officer visited the business at 10:20 a.m., outside of lawful business hours, for a scheduled massage. During this investigation, an employee of Hawaii Spa accepted cash for the purposes of sexual activity.

Maple Grove Police charged the employee with prostitution and performing a massage without a license. Barrios was charged with aiding an offender in violation of city code.

The evidence was all presented and license holder Berrios made a statement. He said, “Just an apology. I have nothing else to say.”

The council adopted the findings revoking the business license of Hawaii Spa, 7382 Kirkwood Court, with the findings.