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Pandora Ink Tattoo Shop Gains Board Approval

With a 5-3 vote the St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved a tattoo shop in the Dollar Tree Plaza.

The second time was the charm for Pandora Ink. 

After a contentious round of public comments with those in favor and those opposed trying sway the board, the St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved the tattoo establishment with a 5-3 vote. The board voted to amend a P.E.U. Development Agreement to allow the shop to open its doors in the Dollar Tree Plaza near Grand Teton and Mexico Road.

Thursday's vote comes just six months after Pandora Ink was denied a chance to to open a shop at the same location. At the Aug. 23, 2012, the amendment failed to get the five votes needed for approval. 

In August Judy Bateman (Ward 2) and Dave Thomas (Ward 1) voted against the amdenment while Don Aytes (Ward 4), Patrick Barclay, (Ward 4), Rocky Reitmeyer (Ward 1) and Tommy Roberts (Ward 3) voted in favor of the amendment. Gus Elliott (Ward 3) and Jerry Hollingsworth (Ward 2) were absent from the meeting.

A full house on Thursday made the difference in favor of Pandora. Even after Aytes switched his vote from yes to no, Hollingsworth and Terri Violet (Elliott's replacement), voted in favor of parlor. 

"I'm very pleased," Pandora Ink CEO Jonathan Broadhurst said. "I feel that our work and our efforts have been validated. I think the reflections of the people of the St. Peters were reflected in the votes of the aldermen."

Broadhurst opened the discussion about the proposed amendment change with a different presentation. The first three times he's gone in front of a panel at the St. Peters Justice Center he's presented a detailed plan for the business. On Thursday night he changed things up.

"I felt like it had gotten away from the fact and become a character debate," Broadhurst said. "I didn't want to enter into a character debate, I had no intention of entering into a character debate, but if poke a stick at a snake enough it will strike back."

Instead of talking about the medically-based plan for the parlor, Broadhurst instead took on his critics. He said after August's decision was made without a full board, he considered filing a lawsuit against the city to re-open the case. Instead he said he chose to re-file and try and convince his critics the shop wouldn't harm the area.

Broadhurst did emphasize that he wasn't intent on running an old-school tattoo shop. He said that the shop was inspected by the state and he was told it was the nicest shop that the inspector had ever seen. The shop was so nice, in fact, the inspector entered into an agreement with Broadhurst to let the building be used as a training facility for newly hired inspectors so they know what shops are supposed to look like. 

He said he had the support of all the tenets in the plaza and had a petition of more than 500 signatures supporting the business.

When Broadhurst was done, the public got it's chance to speak. Susan Musler, once again, went before the board to encourage them to vote no.

"We're asking that you don't hurt our neighborhoods," she said. 

Musler again said the city should consider banning tattoos. If that couldn't be done she said, the city should vote down Pandora based on the proximity to another established on Spencer Road. She said the city doesn't need two shops withing a mile of each other. 

Adam Glosier, a realtor in St. Charles that represents the center, said he looked into residents claims that property value would go down with the opening of the shop. He said he checked with several appraisers and all reported to him that a vacancy would do more damage to property value than a tattoo shop. 

Other residents spoke out against, and in favor of the shop with most making the same arguments made in August. In the end, it was time to vote. 

After Aytes switched his vote, Broadhurst said he was worried he may be headed for a tie. Instead Hollingsworth and Violet supported the amendment and Pandora Ink can get ready to open. 

Broadhurst said all the paperwork he needs to open the doors has been filled out and ready to go and was just awaiting a decision from the board. He said if everything gets filed in time, he hopes to open the shop as soon as possible—maybe as soon as this weekend. 

JB March 01, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Good for them!!! I would rather see a reputable tattoo parlor than a trashy bar. A bunch of rowdy drunks are worse (& more dangerous). Besides, tattoo's are more socially acceptable these days. And as far as the "dregs of society" hanging out there? Well they better have good jobs to pay for their artwork because a good tattoo isn't cheap! I'm ready to visit myself!!
jimmy March 01, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Lets just make sure they can do a good tattoo.?
katie March 01, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Very cosmopolitan.
Rich Schroeder March 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
The plane! The Plane!
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 01, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Thank you to the Mayor and supportive alderman. It’s nice to see some new business come into an otherwise mostly vacant strip mall. I don’t have tattoo’s and will probably never have a tattoo, but I’m not going to stand in anyones way if that’s what they choose. And to the opposition at the meeting last night, please learn some manners. Several of you were making nasty comments while others spoke. When out in public, and especially at a governmental board meeting, a certain amount of decorum is expected. Some of you lacked it. And to one lady in particular who saw the need to shout of of turn; prompting the security guard having to go over and speak to her I have this to say: None of the supporters were paid to attend the meeting and support the business. Have a nice day.
Fred Oompahloompah March 01, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Well, Violet lost my vote and I will ask everyone in her ward to vote against her giving her a third straight defeat. She and the other Alderman who voted for this business have been duped into thinking that this place is some kind of "clinic". It will draw even more derilects into our community then we already have! The merchants in that location will soon regret that they supported this wolf in sheeps clothing. As for the residents that gave there support, it is only a matter of time when one of their children come home scared by this man and it will be to late becsuse all the PTB will only be able to shrug and say that there is nothing they can do. You have made your bed now lie in it! :(
Ed Norman March 01, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Wow! Oompahloompah...definition: The oom-pah sound is usually made by the tuba alternating between the root (tonic) of the chord and the 5th (dominant) — this sound is said to be the oom. The pah is played on the off-beats by higher-pitched instruments such as the clarinet, accordion or trombone. Oompah is often associated with Volkstümliche Musik, a form of popular German music, and with polka. In triple time genres such as the waltz it is oom-pah-pah. Right out of the wehrmarht....reminiscent of 1930 Germany! I don't have a tattoo (yet) but I certainly respect the right of my fellow man to decorate or not decorate his/her body as they see fit. Ride around and observe the many, many empty spaces in the strip centers up and down the roads in St. Peters and tell me a viable TAX PAYING business is worse than any of those empty and non-producing storefronts. So many transgressions of grammar in the Oompahloompah reply I couldn't count them all! As suggested by my friend, a former English teacher, maybe we could open a storefront studio to teach proper grammar, spelling and syntax to the myriad of uneducated individuals who inhabit our planet and seem to increase and multiply!
Carole Paul March 01, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Terri Violet was the ONLY alderman that actually went to the business and checked it out. She asked questions and got answers before she voted to approve it. What a novel idea, huh Fred, or Gus, or whoever you are. I must say, the detractors surprised me with their racist attitudes toward our new friends, branding them drug addicts and low-lifes sight unseen.
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 02:24 AM
My grammer "errors", professor Ed, not with standing, gets my point across to the common people of St. Peters unlike the deralects that will be having their bodies desecrated at this estsblishment. The grammar and spelling ploy ls an old and cheap attempt to discredit any poster who opposes your views! ;)
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 03:30 AM
By the way, Professor Ed, if grammer is such a big deal to you, I am in "good" company! Just listen to our illustrious Mayor Pagagano and how he butchered his grammar during his little speach on the code issue on the topic of tattooing. It made me cringe as I am sure it did the others who attended that meeting. Check it out Prof. Ed and give Lenny your grade.
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 02, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Fred Oompahloompah- you pretty much discredit yourself with your lunatic rantings behind an anonymous name. Man up, grow a pair of testis and stop hiding behind the anonymity of your keyboard.
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 03:46 AM
I take offence that you assume that is not my real name. Do we believe that Norkawizz is yours? Do not attempt to distract from the issue at hand Michelle!
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Can not count? I am bad in grammar? Then you must be bad in math Norman!
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Let me try it this way! It is on the record that the owner answered Terri Violet's specific question at the citizen comments session about his practice of tattooing the "private parts" of his clients. My question is why that particular practice was important to her? Hope this comment does not conflict with your Terms of Use since it was discussed and recorded at that meeting.
Carole Paul March 02, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Gus, just go away like you did on the BOA. Gus's first name is William, hence the occasional Will log-in. Terri Violet has your seat and hopefully she will win re-election and keep it. Yes,Terri Violet asked about tattoo in private areas. We see this in TV programs about Tattoo Shops all the time and it was a valid question. We don't want that here, and the owners answered her that this practice was unwelcome in their Shop. Get over it, Gus. People in the USA have choices. Get a Tat, don't get a Tat, maybe a piercing, etc..It's their Choice!!!
Joe Barker March 02, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Carol: Based on user information, "Fred" and William are two different people and neither is Gus.
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Sorry for any grammar errors or mispelling in the following comment. Please "bare" with me! Yes, I am not William! I am not Gus! I am "Fred"! Back to the real issue. It will be interesting how the PTB will inspect that particular practice of tatting "in"(that should be 'on') private areas! There is a difference between "private areas" and "private parts". The only way they can find this violation, if it is even a violation according to the codes, would be for someone to show them or a disgruntled employee comes forward. However, there is one other way that this could be checked out and this is right up the departments alley, would be to send in an undercover "agent" and request such a service. I would assume they would have to at least start the service (ouch) to be a violation, assuming this is a violation written into the code or just an empty promise by the owner.
Carole Paul March 02, 2013 at 11:00 PM
They said they were not going to do that kind of thing. I take them at their word until I have a reason not to. They just want a chance to practice their art on people who want tattoos or piercings on their bodies. Freedom is letting others do what you oppose at the top of your lungs. Live and let live. Are you as concerned about the methadone clinic the BOA approved right before the Tattoo Shop. Heroin addicts and other addicts will be frequently going through our city to get their fix. And no one said a word about that. Aren't junkies needing a fix worse than regular folks wanting body art?
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Begs the question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg!
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 11:18 PM
They said they were not going to do that kind of thing? OK, I will believe that but I also have a ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics Swim competition at the 2 Olympic size pools at the Edward Jones Dome to sell you! Eagerly waiting for a pro tattooer to buy this as well.
kgbb May 09, 2013 at 01:34 AM
It makes me sick to see how nitpicky and NOSY people are in this area. If you don't want to get a tattoo, DON'T F-ING GET ONE. I'm constantly reading about people around here who basically have nothing else to do besides freak out over every little thing that goes on and they want to ban everything and keep everything out, claiming their property values will drop. I hate to tell them, but they overpaid when they bought and they'll never see that money again and keeping businesses out isn't going to help. Get a life, find something to do besides trying to keep the world exactly as YOU want it to be. Not all of us want the same thing. Some of us LIKE 'different'!
Fred Oompahloompah May 09, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Hey kgbb, I suggest you get the above comment tattooed on your tongue♡

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