It was the subject of debate when it opened, but just a few weeks later, an unusual business in Madison, Wis. closed it doors over the weekend amid "pushback and harassment."
During its brief tenure on Main Street in the Wisconsin capital, The Snuggle House offered customers human contact. For $60 an hour, patrons could engage in some "therapeutic cuddling," spooning, etc. with professional snugglers (an actual thing).
The business opened in mid-November after a one-month delay caused by what The Wisconsin State Journal called "city concerns," as well as a lack of the proper permits, and announced the closure on its Facebook page on Friday.
The Snuggle House is Officially Closed - for good. For those people who supported us, thank you. Snuggle on!"
Though there was no official reason given other than said pushback and harassment, officials in Madison had reportedly suspected that The Snuggle House could be a front for prostitution or lead to cases of sexual assault between customer and employee.
Administrators of the business' Facebook page updated it yesterday to announce that they are offering the furniture no longer being used to a church organization to help people in need.
Though the Snuggle House is no more, other businesses like it are still in operation. The Snuggery in Rochester, N.Y. and Be The Love You Are in Boulder, Colo. are two other purveyors of cuddles still taking clients.