It has been a long time since I’ve made any sort of substantial update on the ole’ blog. Largely it has been due to just being so absurdly busy. Both on the work front, and the home front. Holly and I have been in our new home for a month now. The new place is amazing! I'm writing this on our patio surrounded by trees, stars, frogs, and the sounds of 4th of July celebrations way off in the distance. Daily there are deer, turkey, turtles, foxes and countless other critters that share this quiet property in the hills of Pipersville, PA.
The largest and most important thing going on that would matter to anyone reading this, is finally being comfortable announcing the shop is moving! More accurately, we are opening a new shop while keeping the Glenside shop open under the new ownership of Drew Rash and Brian Patton. If all goes well, these changes should be happening in about a month. I am figuring on a late July/ early August opening time in Doylestown. The new shop will be under the name Mercury Tattoo Studio, Doylestown. While the original shop will keep the original name of Mercury Tattoo Studio, but adding “Glenside” to the name for clarification.
I am so damn excited to get this new shop up and running it is killing me. It has been in the works for several months, and for most of that time I haven’t felt comfortable making a formal announcement because there was always something hovering to keep the move from being 100%. I feel comfortable at this point as we have finally reached the point of starting renovations, and hanging the “coming soon” banners on the storefront.
The space itself is really well suited to what I was looking for. It was a dentist’s office for many years and has jumped from business to business for the past few years. There is a fair bit of work to be done inside and out. There are some issues we need to address to meet ADA standards that make up the majority of what needs to be done before opening. All of it is manageable tho, it simply comes down to the time it takes to get it all done. As for making it a space we are proud to call home, there is still a fair bit of that to do as well. Walls, floors, lighting, gardens (yeah how rad is that gardens!), and of course when all else is done a fresh coat of paint!
One of the best parts of the whole move is to be a part of the downtown community in Doylestown. Just since we have been working on the space we have already met and become friendly with a number of the local business owners. It is truly amazing how welcoming everyone has been. We have big plans to host more gallery shows, promote live music in town (most likely at Siren Records, one of my favorite record shops for over 20 years, that just happens to be about 30 yards from our front door!) and turn up the frequency of guest artists coming through. All of these things are just the sorts of activities that this town embraces. Man, im getting stoked just typing about it! haha
I could go on and on about the new place, but i’ll save you the rambling. Suffice to say it’s gonna be rad as hell!