City sting shutters barber shops
LOWELL — Eleven barber shops have been closed down by the city for failing to stay up-to-date on their business licenses, and in some cases of alleged health or fire code violations.
The crackdown stems from complaints made to the city’s Division of Development Services, including many through the Police Department, said Eric Slagle, the development services director. Compliance officials from the city spent last Thursday and Friday fanning across Lowell to check on the 30-plus barber shops in the city.
Only about two-thirds of those inspected had updated licenses, said Shaun Shanahan, the building commissioner.
“That became a great health concern to me,” he said.
In addition to out-of-date barber licenses, some also weren’t licensed with the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Shanahan said. Some didn’t have licensed barbers working for them, others had missing smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, and others had health violations, such as drawers covered in hair clippings.
In a few cases, barber licenses had expired as far back as 2012, Shanahan said. Such shops must have special barber licenses in addition to regular business licenses.
Barber shops closed down for failure to have updated business licenses:
— Expertise, 11 Central St.
— Elegance Barber Shop, 185 Mammoth Road
— Ultimate Style Barber Shop, 358 Mammoth Road
— Exotic Hair Boutique, 802 Lakeview Ave.
— T’s Barber Shop, 401 Lakeview Ave.
— USA Barber Shop, 120 Lakeview Ave.
— Legendz Barber Shop, 190 Gorham St.
— Golden Barber Shop, 254 Middlesex St.
— Casanova Barber Shop, 1 Middlesex St.
— Joel Danis Barber Shop, 771 Broadway St.
Source: City of Lowell Division of Development Services
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