A foreclosure lawsuit by the bank against Roeder Harley-Davidson prompted tattoo parlor Pain and Pleasure II to move to a new location.
"We had no option but to move," said owner Tony Corte, citing uncertainty surrounding his old location in the Roeder complex at 5316 Milan Road. "We weren't sure what was going to happen."
But Corte said his new location at 6015 Milan Road has proved to be ideal.
The former doctor's office provides plenty of privacy for customers, is easy to keep clean and easy to spot for potential customers driving by on U.S. 250.
"I think we picked up in business," he said. "It was hard to find us behind Roeder."
Business has been good despite the local economy, Corte said.
"Over there, nobody came at nighttime," he said. "I'm amazed. I didn't think we were going to be this busy."
The tattoo parlor opened in 1992, and Corte said it has built up a loyal customer base.
Ellen Rofcar of Catawba Island went in Tuesday to get a tattoo around her ankle.
She said the finished anklet came out "better than I expected" and said it was a third trip to Pain and Pleasure.
Rofcar had her daughter with her when she visited the shop.
Corte said he tries to offer a comfortable atmosphere that welcomes families.
"We're one of the few studios that allow children," he said. "It's a family thing now."
Pain and Pleasure II tattoo and piercing
WHERE: 6015 Milan Road
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.