Lisa and Darren Hall pose in front of their brand new tattoo shop, Hallmark Tattoo Company, on Colonial Avenue.

Anyone passing down Route 3 will have noticed the field that had been purchased by the County from F.F. Chandler to be the site for the new high school has finally had some things happening on it, most notably with a chain link fence popping up around the location. It’s a project many years in the making, and is something the School Board and Board of Supervisors have been working towards for over half a decade already. At the Westmoreland County Public Schools board meeting last month, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry gave an update on the situation and gave a rough estimate on when it would be finished.

“When we signed the contract on October first, we were thinking it’d take two years to complete, but that date has moved, and it will continue to move. Every construction schedule puts in extra days to account for inclement weather and other circumstances beyond their control. We’ve already accrued some of those, and while they don’t cost money, the delays do shift the date around,” Dr. Perry stated.

According to Dr. Perry, the likely move-in date for the new high school will probably be around fall of 2022. School Board Chairman Ralph Fallin chimed in afterwards: “I think the main cause of that was the delay from having to wait for the Department of Environmental Quality,” he stated. “It wasn’t the only factor, but it was a big one.”

Then the seated commissioners came to the conclusion that Colonial Beach did not need a tattoo shop.

The shop held its ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration last Tuesday at the shop at 307 Colonial Ave. Town Mayor Eddie Blunt, Town Manager Quinn Robertson, Zoning Administrator Richard Douglas, and President of the Chamber of Commerce Carey Geddes joined in the ribbon cutting as did members of Darren and Lisa’s family including former Town Council Member Linda Brubaker who is Lisa’s mother.

Darren has been tattooing for 25 years at various shops mainly in Maryland. He is a licensed tattoo artist in the state of Virginia. The shop is also fully licensed. 

Lisa, Darren’s wife, is officially titled as Boss Lady and works reception in the shop. Painted in bright colors, purples and greens, the shop is, clean and adds a new dimension to the town’s facade.

Darren mentioned how they had a few issues finding a place to rent in town with a couple false starts in one location, another location not being interested, before finding the shop owned by Barbara Camp. While the shop was not even listed for rent they approached Camp and she was amiable to having them move in.

A lot of long days and nights were spent building up the shop walls, painting, and setting up the shop to not only be something beautiful to look at, but also relaxing to be tattooed in.

The shop features framed flash sheets as you walk in the door, but the majority of Darren’s work is custom. Most of his customers bring in ideas and pictures for reference and the tattoos go from there.

For more information on the shop search for Hallmark Tattoo on Facebook or call (804) 410-2018.

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