Couple looks to open tattoo parlor in Mt. Airy

A Wyndmoor duo wants to open a tattoo parlor along Mt. Airy’s main commercial corridor.

Eric and Lisa Flynn, owners of Kadillac Tattoo in Northeast Philadelphia, are hoping to set up shop inside 7102 Germantown Ave., the last location for Philly Electric Wheels.

The bike shop has moved to a storefront on the 7100 block of Sprague Street.

 “The community itself is full of art,” said Lisa. “The area is so welcoming.”

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On Wednesday night, The Flynns discussed their plans for their second tattoo outfit, also to be called Kadillac Tattoo, with the West Mt. Airy Neighbors Zoning Committee.

The location violates a regulation of the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections that says a tattoo parlor must be located more than 500 feet away from a church.

Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church sits right across the street.

Lisa Flynn said she and her husband spoke with members of Mt. Airy Presbyterian and received a letter of approval from Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, who has a tattoo.

Eric Flynn, the tattoo artist, said the pair could keep the parlor closed on Sundays if needed.

The shop’s proposed hours are from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The city’s zoning code also prohibits tattoo parlors from occupying a space that sits below a single family dwelling. There is an apartment above the proposed shop.

Bob Elfant with Elfant Wissahickon Realtors said he would welcome the Flynns.

“I have felt like the alley needs some life,” said Elfant. “That corner has always struggled.”

WMAN agreed to send a letter of support to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. 

A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28.







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