No new tattoo shops on Granby’s main street? |

No new tattoo shops on Granby’s main street?

Stephanie Miller
Grand County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily NewsChristy, from left, Aaron, Katie and Kelly Helming in their Wild West Tattoo shop in Granby. The family is upset a proposal that would prevent new tattoo parlors from opening on the town's main street.

GRANBY, Colorado” When Christy Helming, owner of Wild West Tattoo, first heard of a possible ordinance in Granby that would restrict new tattoo parlors to certain parts of town, she didn’t mince words.

“You gotta be kidding me. I live in America,” Helming said.

Granby Mayor Ted Wang has asked the town’s attorney to draft an law that could require future pawn shops and tattoo parlors to take their business away from the main street of Granby.

The request was made in response to some residents’ concerns that pawn shops and tattoo parlors give Granby a negative image, Wang said.

“I’ve had people who live in town come to me and say they’re concerned about (having) a whole bunch of pawn shops and tattoo parlors on (main) street. They don’t think it presents a good image,” Wang said.

The proposal does not affect Granby’s current tattoo shop, Wild West Tattoo, or the Rocky Mountain Trading Post, Granby’s only pawn shop, which is going out of business.

Granby’s board of trustees will have a public hearing on the proposed ordinance in the next month. A date for the hearing has not been determined, but Helming said she will be there.

“I’ve gotten over 64 people to sign my petition in two hours,” she said. “(Wang) doesn’t know who he’s messing with.”

Christy and her husband, Aaron, opened Wild West Tattoo two years ago. Being on main street is vital for the success of her business, she said.

“I want other people to have the same dream I had to open a tattoo shop. And pawn shops. I’ve had to pawn stuff before. I’m sure other people have ” especially during the hard times seen up here.”

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