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    Looking forward to it - hopefully you'll still be close enough to me
    Hiya - I'm Emma!

    Piercings: lobes x 3, Tragus, Helix, Navel, Conch, Sternum Microdermals x 2, VCH, Central Labret, Forward Helix

    Tattoos: Stars on inner forearm, Rat on inner ankle, Dotwork Star Mandala on shoulder & Lotus/Butterfly on hip

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    So a minor update.

    My heads of terms has been finalised, that's basically a fancy word for draft lease agreement that covers things like get out clauses, who's responsible for damages and maintenance etc etc.

    Solicitors are instructed in going forward and my change of use application will start to be processed probably next week.

    Once that is approved the lease agreement is combed thoroughly and negotiated and blah de blah, then some searches are done to make sure there is nothing I'm getting into like a previous occupant owing tens of thousands on something and stuff like that. Once all that is done the lease can be agreed and signed at which point i get keys. Once i have them I'll have lots of long days and nights and basically be doing all I can to refurbishment and refinish the shop to look more like a studio while making it comply with guidelines for a special treatment license. Which will be applied for around the same time as that will take a few weeks to go through as well.

    After that's done I then need to get myself some insurance, set up bio waste disposal agreements and basically I'm good to go.

    It sounds simple enough but that's a good 2-3 months solid work there and when you're doing a day job at the same time and trying to do the manual labour stuff between yourself and a few friends to cut costs this is going to be one hell of a ride...

    As for close enough to you Emma, it's just a few more junctions on the M25 and then the same distance in from that, probably a further 20mins from where I was before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpack_1 View Post
    it's just a few more junctions on the M25 and then the same distance in from that, probably a further 20mins from where I was before.
    Can we have more cryptic location clues?! I have my fingers crossed you are referring to junction 4 of the m25, heh..
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    It'll be about 5 mins from you, is that cryptic enough?

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    awesome!
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    Oh I am actually excited for you! Wish I lived closer so I could visit when it opens.
    I Have:
    Stretched Lobes (18mm)
    Tragus x2 (1.2mm)
    Double Nostrils (1.2mm)
    Septum (1.2mm)
    Philtrum (1.2mm)
    Double Lip "Snakebites" (1.2mm)
    Tongue (1.6mm)
    Both Nipples (1.6 mm)
    Frenum (1.6mm)
    Tattoos (x4)

    I Want:
    Smiley
    Forward Helix
    Tattoos!

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    Sounds very exciting! I hope it works out fabulously for you.

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    A little update. Solicitors have since been paid, yet are still in lease negotiations, this is not like renting a house where a standard lease agreement is plopped infront of you to sign and there you go. There are lots of stipulations and clauses in a 10 year lease that is essentially tying me down to a cost of 150,000. While they are negotiating that I'm meeting with my agent this week to go over a Change of Use planning permission application with an advertisement addendum so that I can raise a shop front fascia sign along with some 'Coming Soon' bill stickers before the whole thing is approved in an effort to stir up anticipation.

    This is burning money like you wouldnt believe for essentially no return yet which is a gut wrenching feeling, but you gotta spend money to make money and all that.

    Like I said, just a little update, but it's something.

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    Things go slow.

    The change of use application was submitted and returned just last week asking for a statement as to why I feel A1 commercial useage is failing in the area in order to warrant the change of use. The return was simple enough, the previous tennant went bankrupt running an A1 shop.

    Other than that i've had some more legal paperwork come through on the lease side of things, and some good news in that VAT is being waived on the deposit (saving around 700 which is good).

    Still just playing the waiting game mostly.

    In the mean time I bought these:



    Which is some pretty awesome tattoo reference material. And the place i got them from, Gentleman's Tattoo Flash, also bundles some nice freebies like post cards and stickers with every order:



    Expensive as hell, but definitely worth it, the artwork in these books is second to none.

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    Council still asking for more information, this time as to why I should set up shop so close to a rival studio that is already operating in the area.

    My argument came in 4 points, firstly, the rival studio in question primarily does just black and grey realism tattoos, where as I will offer a variety of styles by choosing specialist artists in each field. Secondly, when compared to A1 retail we see a huge number of rival clothing stores sharing space on high streets and shopping malls around the country. Thirdly, it is not uncommon for studios to coexist like that, in Camden, taken as an extreme example, there are 14 studios along the highstreet alone. And lastly, I argued that by allowing me to run my shop there we are denying a monopoly in the area which is good for capitalist growth.

    Hopefully that will push the approval through but i'm still looking at weeks to get that.

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