Tonight’s First Friday in Middletown includes this BIG party for a new(ish) business

A tattoo and piercing business plans to hold a customer appreciation celebration tonight in downtown Middletown in conjunction with the city's First Friday festivities.

Bold Traditions Tattoo, 1311 Central Ave., is holding a “Better Late Than Never Grand Opening” at 4 p.m. today, according to owner Mark Inman.

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The event, which should end around 10 or 11 p.m., will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, plus gift certificates of 10 to 25 percent off various services ($100 gift certificates on sale for $80), food, drinks, live entertainment and a Columbus-based food truck specializing in gourmet pierogies, Inman said.

Shop shirts and beanies, as well as prints, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to Joseph’s Legacy.

Inman, a tattoo artist, is joined at the business by two other tattoo artists and a piercer.

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The 2,200 square-foot business, which replaced an antique shop, offers “a super-clean work environment” and excellent artistry, he said.

“We try to stay well-rounded and (offer) … from realism to old-school (and) neo-traditional in just a comfortable environment,” Inman said.

The shop opened in late 2016, but it didn’t have a chance to host an opening party.

“When we first opened up, our books were so scheduled out it was almost impossible to try and do this any other time,” Inman said.

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 513-217-0270.

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