North St. Paul OKs pawn shop, updates massage therapy licensing


The North St. Paul City Council approved a permit for Twin Cities Pawn to open for business at 2231 11th Ave. near Target. (Solomon Gustavo/Review)

In an effort to be as “business friendly as possible,” the North St. Paul City Council welcomed a new pawn shop to town and updated its ordinance for massage therapy licencing. 

Twin Cities Pawn’s business permit was approved at the council’s June 18 meeting. The pawn shop will open at 2231 11th Ave., near Target, in late summer or early fall, according to the company, adding to the city’s antique shops, mechanics, roofers and eateries. 

The city allows only one pawn shop at a time to operate in town. “We want to be good neighbors,” Twin Cities Pawn representatives told council members.

In addition to OKing the pawn shop, the council continued expanding the types of businesses that can operate in the city by updating city code regarding massage therapy licencing to get it in line with current standards.

Before the update, the city required massage therapy businesses to be tied in some way to a medical clinic or doctor’s office.

City staffers consulted licencing standards in Oakdale — which denied a massage therapy application due to alleged prostituion connections in 2018 — and Maplewood. 

The updated code, said city planner Erin Perdu, fits with modern North St. Paul business licencing, while also borrowing language from state massage therapy business statues.

 

—Solomon Gustavo

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