New be­gin­ning for lo­cal tat­too artist

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - C HERYL MA TTIX

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!

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may reach her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­, or call her at 443-907-8440. all in-


Helix Tat­too Lodge owner Justin Hol­combe sits in chair in his new stu­dio, while busi­ness man­ager Josh Sar­gable stands nearby.

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