New beginning for local tattoo artist
While I was out and about ... Justin Holcombe, a 2000 graduate of Rising Sun High School, has come home to establish his business and help his community.
He opened Helix Tattoo Lodge at 61 Colonial Way in Rising Sun on Aug. 1, after selling Inkaholics, a shop he co-owned for nearly six years in North East, in June.
Holcombe said he had a vision of operating his own shop that could concentrate on customer service.
“My desire to become a better artist trumped my desire to make money,” he said.
His new business is a combination tattoo studio and entertainment facility. The 1,800 square-foot building was gutted on the inside by Holcombe and his business manager Josh Sargable, 30, who is also from Rising Sun.
About half of the space is devoted to studio work with three chairs that can accommodate three artists working at the same time. But, for now, Holcombe is happy being the only artist taking customers by appointment only. He plans to eventually hire a second artist or apprentice and leave the third chair open for visiting artists when they’re in town.
The other half of the facility is part movie theater and photo studio and plays into his long range plan for the business, which is to expand into private parties and entertainment packages for clients. He calls the theater area the “Lenape Lounge” in recognition of a former area Native American tribe.
Sara McAfee, owner of Infinite Imagery photography, will be doing photo shoots in the facility.
Holcombe said his goal was to come home to Rising Sun and get involved in the community.
“I want to give back,” he said.
Holcombe seeks a slower pace at the lodge, in part, by asking customers to make an appointment, whereas Inkaholics accepted walkins, making it very busy at times. The appointment-only model allows Holcombe to provide customized service to each client and focus on his own business vision.
“I want to offer customers a VIP experience,” he said. “Most of what we do here is to capture the moment.”
Hours are Monday through Thursday noon until 7 p.m.
*** Lidl, a German grocery store, has received final site approval from the Elkton Planning Commission to build a retail store on Route 40 near Delaware Avenue, pending final approval from the State Highway Administration. Bohler is the Towson engineering firm in charge of the site plan.
*** Cecil County Council amended the county zoning ordinance Sept. 20 to allow drive-in movie theaters, open air theaters and amphitheaters to locate as special exceptions in the northern agriculture residential, southern agriculture residential, low-density residential, business general and business intensive zones on the condition they meet certain requirements, including limiting events to a maximum of three days within a 90-day period, whether consecutive or not; parking at least 100 feet away from any adjacent residential lot, positioning the screen so the picture is not visible from adjacent roads and dwellings; and setting screen setbacks at least 200 feet from all property lines and access on an arterial or collector street — not a local street.
The decision was by an unanimous vote and the ordinance takes effect Nov. 20.
*** Charlestown Crossing got final plat subdivision ap- proval for a second phase of construction to build 92 additional apartment units Sept. 19 from the Cecil County Planning Commis- sion. Approval was given contingent upon the project meeting all permits and requirements before it can proceed with construction. *** When U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin arrived at the Perryville Library Saturday to host a roundtable discussion on substance abuse and overdose deaths, he was greeted by Cecil County Public Library Executive Director Morgan Miller.
And, the new library chief didn’t miss the opportunity to give Cardin a library card. Way to go!
*** I just found out that Cecil County’s Department of Public Works received honors for a project they completed last fall in conjunction with Conowingo Elementary School.
County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM) named the environmental site design stormwater management project at Conowingo Elementary as the 2016 Project of the Year in the small project category at a ceremony in Ocean City last week.
“This project is fantastic and I’m delighted to see it receive this prestigious award,” DPW Director Scott Flanigan said. “It helped beautify the school, improve water quality and provided teachers with a living classroom.”
Congratulations to volved!
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Helix Tattoo Lodge owner Justin Holcombe sits in chair in his new studio, while business manager Josh Sargable stands nearby.