Anoka tattoo shop needs to find new location because of city communication mix-up


A new tattoo shop and art studio was supposed to open in downtown Anoka on March 1, but thanks to a communication mixup with city hall it's not being allowed to set up shop there.

Owner Jon von Glahn got an OK from the Anoka associate planner on Dec. 31 to open his tattoo parlor downtown, KSTP reports.

But a few months later when he went to get a signage permit, just a few days before the scheduled opening of Handmade Tattoo Studio, the city planning director called to say he couldn't open up after all. Zoning changes passed a few years ago prohibit tattoo businesses on East Main Street, ABC Newspapers reports.

Von Gahn explained his situation to the Anoka City Council on March 3, saying he and his wife looked for nine months to find a place to open a business and raise their family, KSTP reports. They signed a lease, put in $10,000 - $15,000 into the business and worked with the building inspector in preparation for opening their shop.

“We ask you to give us the opportunity to be a sustaining member of the city of Anoka and allow us to open as planned,” von Glahn said to the council, ABC Newspapers reports.

The city doesn't plan to rezone to accommodate the tattoo studio, but after a closed meeting on March 9 the City Council directed staff to "negotiate an agreement" with von Glahn, according to ABC Newspapers.

KSTP reports the city attorney advised changing zoning wouldn't be the fastest solution.

According to the Associated Press, the council will vote on a proposed settlement at its regular meeting on Monday.

Handmade Tattoo Studio posted on its Facebook page that it is working with the city:

 We would like to thank you all for your support with Handmade Tattoo Studio. Anoka has been moving this along very well and we thank them for that. A resolution is in the works, keep an eye out for updates on Handmades relocation.

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