Downtown tattoo studio gets special-permit nod from Taunton City Council – Wicked Local Taunton

That move came a year after the Zoning Board of Appeals, by a 3-to-2 vote, denied a request by Jones to open his business in Weir Village, on the grounds that it would be too close to two churches.

Before the vote was taken, Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr., who said he has known Jones and his family for years, strongly endorsed the special-permit petition. 

Dorsey in September said he would honor a letter he submitted in July outlining five “code of conduct items” stipulating, among other things that Jones will not permit body piercing on the premises; will not allow people to loiter out front; and that anything deemed “objectionable” will not be on display in the windows.

Real Arts Studio, which Jones said should be open in February, will fill a storefront vacancy at 27 Main St. in one of three buildings owned by Jay Dorsey within Union Block – an amalgam of six buildings that extends from Weir Street to Merchants Lane. 

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