BOSTON - APRIL 9, 2009

Inspectors with the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) in conjunction with Springfield Police Ordinance Squad and the Springfield Board of Health Department visited 37 beauty salons, barber shops, and cosmetology shops and schools in Springfield last week, to verify license status and ensure compliance with applicable regulations under the Boards of Registration for Barbers and Cosmetologists.

Of the 37 businesses, 14 were cited for violations ranging from unsanitary conditions to employment of unlicensed individuals and unlicensed shops. A list of businesses cited, and a list of businesses in compliance, is below.

In 2008, the Cosmetology and Barber board investigators conducted 4,510 inspections at hair salons and 831 inspections at barber shops. The investigators participated in community-wide sweeps in Yarmouth, Falmouth, Swampscott, Lynn, Braintree, Abington, Hyannis, Allston, Brighton, Provincetown and Chatham.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the check a license option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 Boards of Registration .

Springfield Business Cited for Violations

BusinessAddressLic. #Violations
Straightway Cuts6 Johnson StreetNoneUnlicensed Shop
Puerto Rican Masters Barber Shop602 Page Blvd.21327Unlicensed Person
Nails Number 1927 Belmont Ave.61334Lack of Sterilization
Excellent Cuts (2 Violations)538 Page Blvd.NoneUnlicensed/ Shop and Person
High Performance28 Fort PleasantNoneUnlicensed/Shop and Person
HairMasters (4 Violations)Bridge StreetNoneUnlicensed Shop, Unsanitary Conditions
Master Piece (3 Violations)158 Chestnut StreetNoneUnlicensed Shop, Unlicensed Personnel
Euro Stylie85 Oakland Street41179Lack of Sterilization
Lugo's Barbershop732 Liberty Street21217Wine on Premise
Vito's Barbershop654 page Blvd.21296Wine on Premise
Xilla Barbershop1007 Main StreetNoneUnlicensed Shop

Springfield Businesses in Full Compliance



BusinessAddressLic. #
Lisa's Barber and Hairstyle432 Belmont Street18770
El Mayimbe Barber Shop28 Fort Pleasant Street20840
Viet's Hair Salon316 Locust Street54400
Los Bandoleros616 Belmont Street21223
Touch of NYC346 Orange Street62567
Pasquale of Italy525 Belmont Street19827
Joes's Barbershop825 Belmont Street21316
Quang's Forest Park Barbershop529 Belmont Street20669
Unlimited Cuts12 Orange Street21117
Martin's Barbershop165 White Street21239
El Flow278 Oakland Street21159
Ponce Barber ShopsBelmont Street21321
Lily European Barber Shop85 Oakland Street19148
Jeri Beauty Salon618 Belmont Ave58148
Paolo Barber Shop927 Belmont Ave16048
Denise and Friends908 Belmont Ave51464
Virtue Salon of Excellence538 Page Blvd.57742
Isavia Hair Studio1126 Main Street54921
Williams Barber Shop976 Main Street19596
Still Champion Underfeated896 Main Street21215
VIP Cuts445 Main Street21182
Tony Famous Barbershop1126 Main Street18733
A Cut Above2662 A Main Street20777