A north Mississippi businessman will have to look elsewhere in Senatobia to add to his chain of boutiques featuring custom tattooing, high-end body jewelry, and precision body piercing.
William Perry, owner of PureThirteen Tattoo Co., was denied a request Monday, Dec. 20, by the city’s planning commission for a variance or special exception to open a store in the former location of A Cut Above at 220 Collonade Plaza in Senatobia.
City code does not permit tattoo parlors in commercial or business districts, including shopping centers and strip malls. They are only allowed in areas designated M-1, or industrial.
Perry, who owns PureThirteen locations in Horn Lake and Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis, originally made his request for a code variance in November, but the discussion was tabled because the chairman and another member of the Senatobia Planning Commission were absent from the meeting.
“I don’t like the term tattoo parlor,” Perry told the commission. “That gives a different meaning to what we actually are and what we represent. We are more of a clothing, apparel, accessory, and jewelry retail store that also does tattoos. Our backbone is tattoos and has been for the last 21 years.”
Perry has his sights set on opening a boutique-style store in Senatobia identical to the shop inside Wolfchase Galleria, offering merchandise featuring premium brands such as Yeti and Costa with tattoos and piercings administered in fully enclosed private rooms at the rear of the store.
Perry admitted his original location at 1731 Dancy Boulevard in Horn Lake, which opened in 1999, is mainly a tattoo shop and is situated in an industrial zone, prompting planning commission chairman Alan Holley to recommend the same type of area in Senatobia.
“The problem I have is not you,” Holley told Perry. “I think your business would be great for Senatobia and I would like for you to come here, but I don’t believe that location (Collonade Plaza) is the place for you. If we say yes, the next person that comes in here in two or three months may not be as upstanding and possess impressive references like you do. If I tell you yes, I won’t have a lot of ground to tell them no.”
Holley suggested that Perry look at existing structures in industrial zones around Senatobia including the vacant Tate County WIC warehouse at 470 Scott Street.
Vice-chairman Ryan Sawyer was the only planning commission member to vote in favor of granting a variance or special exception that was eventually denied by a 4-1 vote.
“I have had several people reach out to me and they spoke highly of you, your wife, and your business” Sawyer told Perry. “I have thought about this a lot, and I don’t have an issue with it.”
“I have an issue with the location,” Holley responded. “This business would definitely be an asset to the community, but I believe there are better local options. I would be happy to work with him and look around for other available spaces.”
Another Senatobia Dollar General in the works
Byron Houston, developer for a new Dollar General in Senatobia on Highway 51 South between Ray-Nowell Funeral Home and The Baddour Center, presented a site plan to the planning commission with adjusted setbacks for extra parking spaces on the north and south sides of the proposed structure.
Houston said an eight-foot fence will be built on the north and west sides of the building and tall cedar trees will be added to create a buffer zone for residents of Claire Cove, many of whom are opposed to the addition of a Dollar General at that site even though it is zoned as a commercial area.
Dollar General currently has seven stores operating in Tate County including locations in Senatobia, Strayhorn, Independence, Arkabutla, New Town, and two in Coldwater.