Planners OK special land use for body art shop on Beechtree

A new place to get body art is coming to Grand Haven's east side. On Tuesday night, city planning commissioners unanimously approved a special land use permit allowing Jay and Angela Helmer to open a tattoo parlor at 14 S. Beechtree St. "Over the past 15 years, the tattooing industry as a whole has skyrocketed,' Jay Helmer said. He cited shows like "L.A. Ink' and "Miami Ink' on the TLC channel as examples of the popularity of body art.
Alex Doty
Aug 10, 2011


Helmer said the new facility has passed county and state health inspections with “flying colors,” and they plan on following the laws and regulations that come with operating a body art facility. These regulations including not serving those who are under the influence and those who are underage.

“It is strictly 18 and over,” Helmer said of his new establishment, which will offer both tattoos and piercings.

According to City Planner Kristin Keery, the location of the new facility fits in with the Beechtree Street corridor and is compatible with other uses in the vicinity.


“The adjacent properties are zoned for commercial or light industrial,” Keery said, adding that there weren’t any residential properties or schools near the building which would impact a special land use permit.

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