Chamber members, family and friends of Tattoo Artist Holly Bottorff, center, ceremoniously cut the ribbon to open the Sapphire Spider Tattoo Parlor at 1002 Commercial Street.

Tattoo Artist Holly Bottorff along with family, friends, and Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce members, Chamber Ambassadors, and City of Atchison officials recently gathered for a noontime ribbon cutting at The Sapphire Spider Tattoo Parlor.

The ribbon-cutting was Friday, Nov. 19 at the parlor, 1002 Commercial Street, followed by the grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 20 that included a meet and greet with the Bottorffs.

The day was a big thrill for Bottorff who not only opened the first tattoo parlor in Atchison but is also now the city’s youngest business owner.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Bottorff said. “It’s a real honor to open the first tattoo parlor in Atchison and to receive the positive support I have from the community.”

Mayor Abby Bartlett was in attendance for the ribbon cutting and is looking forward to how The Sapphire Spider will impact Atchison.

“I love that Holly was able to bring her gifts right back here to her hometown,” Bartlett said. “The shop is one of a kind and I’m excited about how it will impact Atchison.”

Bottorff said she’s proud to bring the new shop to Atchison after not always getting the best support from some about the idea.

“I haven’t always gotten the best of feedback on the idea from some but I never gave up pursuing my goal,” Bottorff said. “Bringing this shop to Atchison is a big deal to me.”

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