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Sherman rejects bid for downtown tattoo parlor

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Downtown Sherman merchants said they were opposed to a proposed tattoo parlor and novelty shop. (KTEN) Downtown Sherman merchants said they were opposed to a proposed tattoo parlor and novelty shop. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission has rejected a request to relocate a tattoo parlor and novelty shop to the downtown district.

G's Mind & Body Alterations, currently doing business at a shopping center at the corner of US 75 and US 82, told the city it wanted to move to a building at the corner of Travis and Wall streets downtown.

But property owners near that location expressed concerns about the nature of the tattoo parlor business. 

"People did not feel that it was a compatible use with that neighborhood -- that it didn't fit in with the types of businesses that are already," said city spokesman Nate Strauch. "That's one of they things they considered in denying the application."

G's Mind & Body Alterations said it has been open in Sherman for more than five years, and operated in Denison for 17 years before that. It's owner told KTEN that it was "out of place" for other businesses to complain.

City Council member Shawn Teamann said Sherman could still potentially make an exception for the shop to open downtown by issuing a special use permit.

"Does this fit within our master plan? Does this make sense for this particular area? And is it a business that will qualify for a special type of use in an area that is normally traditionally that type of use?" Teamann asked.

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