• Montpelier tattoo shop moves to former Times Argus location
     | September 19,2010
    Jeb Wallace-Brodeur/Times Argus

    Esme Hall, owner and head artist at Venus Tattoos in Montpelier, center, demonstrates tattoo techniques on astrologer Omie Johnson of Montpelier, left, as apprentice artists Sheana Benoit and Ben Shadis look on Saturday. Hall is moving her business to a Main Street location at the end of the month.

    MONTPELIER — A Montpelier tattoo business will gain visibility — and accessibility — when it moves into a ground-floor location on Main Street at the beginning of October.

    Venus Tattoos, which opened two years ago, will occupy its third location when it moves to 112 Main St., the site recently vacated by The Times Argus.

    Venus Tattoos began in East Montpelier in a small space, which it outgrew quickly, then moved to the third floor at 26 State St.

    When the Main Street storefront became available, said the owner of Venus Tattoos, Esme Hall, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

    “When we saw the Main Street spot, we had to jump,” said Hall, who lives in West Berlin.

    She said the increased visibility will help draw in customers.

    The Main Street site also will benefit older clients — she said some get their first tattoos in their 50s — and those with disabilities, because it won’t require customers to ascend flights of stairs.

    “We just need that storefront visibility and ease of access,” Hall said Saturday at the shop on State Street.

    Hall said she hopes the new location will be a permanent home for Venus Tattoos.

    Hall described herself as the “matriarch” of Venus Tattoos and is the head artist, but a total of five tattoo artists work at the business. Three are apprentices, and the fourth was recently licensed, Hall said.

    Three tattoo stations will go in the Main Street location, which is undergoing renovations that include adding sinks and pulling up old carpet.

    The shop will open at the new site Oct. 1, to be followed by a grand opening with its third “Small Tats & Big Beats” party Oct. 23. That party involves a DJ spinning records and special rates on tattoos that are 2 inches by 2 inches. Astrologer Omie Johnson, who works out of Venus Tattoos, also will give short readings.

    The Times Argus left the Main Street location at the end of August after more than 100 years there as a newspapering fixture. The newspaper stopped using the Main Street outlet for business transactions about a year ago and no longer needed such a large space.

    The four reporters formerly at the Main Street office now work out of an office at 3 Pitkin Court, next to the Montpelier Police Department.

    Hall said everybody at Venus Tattoos is looking forward to moving to the Main Street space.

    “We’re really excited. It’ll be good for everybody.”

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