January 28, 2023
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Entrepreneurs in limbo: Cities keep massage start-ups on hold


All Debra Ann Updike wants is to be her own boss. All the city of Camarillo wants is for her to wait a little longer.

A massage therapist for the past 15 years, Updike rents space from another therapist in Somis, a rural neighborhood just northeast of Camarillo. Her dream is to open a studio in Camarillo that offers both massage therapy and yoga classes.

“I think I could do pretty well,” she said. “I’m a businessperson; I come from an entrepreneurial family. I want that autonomy, that flexibility, instead of rushing around on someone else’s schedule.”

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