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Tattoo parlor proposed for second floor of Era Atomica’s new location

Mid-century modern meets Miami Ink?

Well, not exactly, but vintage furniture shop Era Atomica is planning to include a tattoo parlor on the second floor of its new location.

Hard at work yesterday with the door open, even at -7 wind chill, literally.

Hard at work yesterday with the door open, even at -7 wind chill, literally.

As we reported last month, the retailer snapped up all three floors of 1835 E Passyunk Ave., the old Tan Quest, which closed only a week before the new lease was signed. In addition to the proposed tattoo parlor, the shop is expanding its furniture selection and adding vintage clothing and reupolstering.

The East Passyunk Civic Association’s zoning committee will hear a presentation for the parlor, which requires a zoning variance, at a meeting on Jan 22. Owner Stacey Bartholetti said she couldn’t divulge details before the meeting but she did stress her respect for Passyunk Avenue.

The current spot

The current spot

We’re guessing this tattoo proposal might go a little smoother than the last one; a South Jersey tattoo artist proposed a second location for Moore and Camac streets, where Calm massage studio was. After that meeting got quite testy, the plan died, making way for the Analog Watch Co. to grab that location.

Meanwhile, that’s going to be a good meeting on Jan. 22.

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7 Responses to Tattoo parlor proposed for second floor of Era Atomica’s new location

  1. AnthonyG January 9, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Yeah… good luck with that! Seems like ERA may have bit off more than they can chew. These are the things you work out before signing the lease.

  2. Kay Levin January 9, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I think this is a great idea, and FINALLY! It seems like the missing piece of the ave! It’s nice to see someone opening something other than a hair salon, restaurant or coffee shop, no offense to anyone who has one on the ave, but it’s getting a little saturated down here with those things. I’ve met the owner Mike through furniture deliveries I’ve gotten and he’s very professional and friendly, and he owns a few shops already. Bring it on Era Atomica, when can I make an appointment???

  3. cassidi January 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I work on the avenue and live a few block away and I think a high end tattoo shop would be nice addition to the neighbor! Plus this community really loves art and artist. What a great way to have more art on the ave by having a super fancy nice tattoo shop.. Plus its on the second floor so there wouldn’t be people hanging around outside really, if people are worried about… I feel like if we can have 100 trashy nail salons and old crappy buildings with nothing in them, we can have one fancy tattoo shop that would bring money, jobs, and style to the block.

  4. Tommy January 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    As long as they are not tattooing taz and bad script of “Maria” on the side of some goons neck, it sound like a great idea.

    • Cassidi January 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      From what I’ve heard from the Era Atomic crew, its going to be very high end and classy! I think people forget that there is a lot of talent and art in tattooing… The old sketchy shops are getting fewer and fewer. People now know what a good tattoo is and go out of their way to get them. Which will be great for the other business around her. Go get lunch at the Cantina, shop around the avenue, and then get an amazing tattoo in a beautiful shop, that sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday!

  5. AnthonyG January 10, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Sorry, I didn’t think about this enough. I “quality” shop would be a plus. I jumped to the conclusion that it would be, as Tommy above pointed out, bad scripted neck tats or boxing babies…

  6. R Young January 16, 2014 at 3:47 am #

    This proposal makes a lot more sense when you know that Era Atomica is owned by a couple, a man and a woman, and that he’s a tattoo artist by trade (highly regarded, in the tattoo world, apparently).

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