Sherman’s Brass Rabbit Tattoo shop is moving to a larger building to keep up with its growth.
The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission recently approved a specific use permit and site plan at the request of Brass Rabbit owner Kacy Epperson to move her business to 230 W. Houston St.
“She’s currently open three doors down at 218 W. Houston, but her business has outgrown that location,” local attorney Joe Smith said when he represented Epperson and building owner Jeffrey Ray Brown before the commission. “She wanted to move down a few doors and open there on the corner of Houston and South Elm.”
The commission’s board of adjustments also approved an exception for the existing wood siding facade at the new building instead of the normally required masonry in the Central Business District. It just required that the cedar wood siding be refinished and maintained going forward. Smith said Brown was hoping the exception was approved, but had a plan if it wasn’t.
“I understand variances are given to that ordinance not very often, and there’s a reason for that, I get it,” Smith said. “But in the event, that you don’t grant it, what we would like to do and what we would ask of you to do is allow Ms. Epperson to, assuming you approve the special use permit, allow her to go ahead and open her new shop and give Mr. Brown 60 days or so to come in compliance with the ordinance.”
The building is the former home of Spanky’s Pawn Shop and still had the sign for that business up at the time of the meeting.
“The sign is really the ugliest thing there,” commission member Sam Thorpe said with a laugh.
Smith said that sign would be taken down and replaced with one for Epperson’s Brass Rabbit shop, which has been opened for nearly three years at its current location.
“If it could just be freshened up a little bit, I’d be pretty comfortable with that,” commission Chairman Joe Gilbert said of the wood paneling on the building.
Sherman Director of Development Services Scott Shadden pointed out the specific use permit would still need to be approved by the Sherman City Council in March, so he said the owner could have the wood paneling freshened up by then. And Smith agreed that would likely be possible.