It is with great excitement and delight that we bring you this news! After a long five months of searching since the flood in Montpelier, Shady Lady Tattoo Parlour has found it's home again! We are nestled in a sunny second story studio right in the heart of downtown Montpelier, with our sister studio Sacred VesselTattoo, who was also displaced by the flood in july 2023
TOGETHER WE HAVE COME BACK EVEN BETTER THAN BEFORE!
The new studio space will be known as
H.E.A.L., (HEART ENERGY ARTS LAB)
not just a tattoo parlor but an art space, healing space, and creative melting pot.
SAVE THE DATE!
February 3, 2024
H.E.A.L. FUNDRAISER DANCE PARTY
(with DJ Bliss and others)
raffles prizes and surprises!
time and location to be announced
ABOUT SHADY LADY TATTOO PARLOUR:
The Shady Lady Tattoo Parlour is a queer woman owned business started out of pocket in 2006 by Meredith Muse. Soon after establishing, Meredith began running an apprenticeship training program and quite often has other tattooists working under her tutelage.
Meredith pays homage to the deep rooted sacred aspect of tattooing and provides a unique and healing atmosphere to her clients as a result of this philosophy. Not only a tattoo shop, Meredith’s studio is considered a social hub and gathering place loved by many. In all its forms, The Shady Lady Tattoo Parlour has provided healing, love, joy, and acceptance to its patrons, as an integral part of the Central Vermont community.
Our Shady Lady post flood fundraiser was met with great generosity (thank you to all who donated, schlepped stuff through the mud, offered storage space,fed us, and moved us AGAIN! We could have never gotten through this mess without you!)
However, Due to the fact that it took more than five months to reopen, a lot of those funds were diverted to the daily cost of living during that interim. There are still some things that we need to set this studio up right. Therefore, we hope you will either join us at our fundraiser dance party on the 3rd of February 2024 or visit our gofundme which was put together right after the flood.
ABOUT THE FLOOD ON JULY 10th and 11th, 2023
Monday, July 10th 2023, tropical storms and flooding devastated Vermont, leaving historic downtown Montpelier, home of Shady Lady Tattoo Parlour and many other small family and community run businesses, in ruins.
FEMA has been present to provide assistance to individuals displaced by the flood, offering funding for temporary housing and repairing damaged homes. Unfortunately, FEMA relief is not being extended to small businesses who were also impacted. Additionally, the landlord of the building that housed Shady Lady did not have flood insurance. As a result, Meredith Muse, owner/operator of Shady Lady is relying on grassroots fundraising to rebuild her business.
The damage done to The Shady Lady by the flood waters was catastrophic. Nearly 4’ of water filled the parlour, mixed with mud, oil, sewage and other toxic elements that had been washed into the river with the rain. This amount of water and hazardous waste ruined everything it touched. Art books, furniture, art supplies, original art work, tattoo equipment, and more had to be thrown away. Before this sudden and devastating loss, Meredith was starting to recover from the impacts of multifaceted health issues, as well as the setbacks her close contact business suffered during Covid. Despite these many challenges, Meredith and the other artists of Shady Lady Tattoo Parlour remain determined to rebuild. They are looking forward to a future collaborative business venture with their sister shop, Sacred Vessel Tattoo (also displaced due to flooding). The effort to revive their businesses will be a collective one, and they are deeply grateful for the amazing outpouring of help from their community so far.]
Please text Meredith at 802-505-0695 with questions regarding bookings, rescheduling, or for general info