By CRISTINA JANNEY
After 13 years at its location at Vine and Eighth streets in Hays, Sore Loser Tattoo & Physique Piercing will likely be transferring to the Bricks.
“I’ve been searching for properties — at properties — for just a few years in several areas of Hays,” proprietor Chris Norris mentioned, “however I all the time thought that downtown can be very nice to go to. I simply actually like the texture of downtown and simply all the things about it.”
Norris, 46, has bought the previous Bluetique constructing at 1008 Primary.
He mentioned one of many benefits of a downtown location is foot visitors.
“I believe what we’ll lose in a heavy-traffic space, we’ll achieve in foot visitors,” he mentioned.
Norris mentioned the constructing is requiring in depth reworking, together with work on the plumbing and ripping out the carpet. Laws require non-porous flooring in tattoo institutions.
Norris mentioned he plans to have piercing on the bottom stage and the tattoo parlor on the second stage.
The brand new constructing will give the enterprise extra sq. footage. The enterprise’s present constructing is about 1,800 sq. toes. The Primary Road constructing has about 1,500 sq. toes per flooring over two flooring.
“We’re simply going to divide up the house and make it a bit of extra liveable,” he mentioned.
On the bottom flooring, the piercing stations will likely be arrange in particular person rooms. On the second flooring, the tattoo artists have opted for a extra open format pit fashion.
Nonetheless, if somebody requests extra privateness, there will likely be moveable screens out there.
Norris hopes to make use of the house to broaden his jewellery choices in addition to add one other tattoo artist.
Two of his present artists are Fort Hays State College graduates from the artwork program.
The enterprise handles jewellery for ears, lips and noses in addition to navel curves.
Norris does piercings, and enterprise has one different piercer on workers.
“We’re very gentle hearted,” he mentioned. “It isn’t a critical work atmosphere. That’s what I’ve all the time strived for — be clear, be pleasant, be your self.”
The enterprise additionally has everlasting make-up artists who travels to the Hays each eight weeks.
Norris mentioned he had some concern about making a enterprise transfer through the financial uncertainty of the pandemic. The enterprise needed to shut for seven weeks this spring due to the COVID shutdown.
Nonetheless, he mentioned enterprise rebounded effectively after the reopening and has been regular the remainder of the 12 months. Though tattooing shouldn’t be recession-proof, he mentioned it tends to be extra secure than different providers or retail.
Due to the reworking that’s being required within the constructing on Primary, the enterprise will possible not open in its new location till after the primary of the 12 months. Norris mentioned he was planning on a smooth opening by March or April.
He mentioned the enterprise will likely be launching another adjustments, however he’s not able to announce these presently.
For extra info on Sore Loser, name 785-621-4969 or comply with the enterprise on Facebook.