ANDERSONVILLE — One thing Andersonville’s beloved business corridor has been missing is a tattoo parlor.
But that will change this summer, when Evoke Tattoos will relocate from Ukrainian Village and open in the former Mary’s Attic space in the Hamburger Mary’s building at 5400 N. Clark St.
Evoke is planning for a July opening in its new home.
Moving to Andersonville will allow the 3-year-old Evoke Tattoos to expand its space and become part of a bustling business community that shares similar values with the tattoo shop, co-owners Marci Mundo and Brooke Michael Englehart said.
“We’re excited to become part of the community,” Mundo said. “It feels really welcoming, and we loved the building.”
Evoke was recruited to the neighborhood by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.
David Oakes, director of business services for the Andersonville chamber, was talking with a manager of a local business when he complimented her tattoos and asked where she got her work done. The answer was Evoke Tattoos, Oakes said.
Bringing a tattoo parlor to Andersonville had been a goal of the chamber’s for some time, but the chamber wanted a business that would align with Clark Street’s progressive and inclusive business community, Oakes said.
Evoke checked all the right boxes, and so the chamber approached the business about moving to the neighborhood.
“We’re always looking at our business mix and what could work here,” Oakes said. “They cultivated their shop around supporting women and having a safe space. Bringing them to the neighborhood is a huge win for us.”
Evoke opened in 2018 at 2222 W. Chicago Ave.
Mundo and Englehart, who met working at a tattoo shop in Bucktown, chose the Ukrainian Village location because it was close to their existing customer base and because the storefront was properly zoned for a tattoo business.
The business has grown into an in-demand, appointment-only tattoo studio, one that has put serious thought into its setting and decor, which Englehart describes as “spooky vintage.”
Moving to Andersonville will allow the business triple in size to about 3,000 square feet, Englehart said. Evoke plans to expand from a current roster of five tattoo artists to eight at the Andersonville shop.
Evoke will inhabit the space previously occupied by Mary’s Attic, the late-night sister business upstairs from Hamburger Mary’s. Both Andersonville staples closed in October, partially because of the coronavirus pandemic, its owners said.
A tenant for the former restaurant space has not been announced.
Though Evoke will operate on the second floor, it will work to be an inviting space and a prominent member of the local business community, the owners said. A small retail space is planned for the tattoo parlor, making the business more accessible.
“We definitely don’t want to be closed off to Andersonville,” Englehart said. “We want to be sure we’re open for the community, even if we are appointment-only.”
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