by Deron Johnston

The Board of Management of the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA) are excited to announce the grand opening of Blackbird Tattoo at 10 Prescott Street in Downtown Kemptville.

Melanie Jones has always been an artist. She went to college for graphic design, and, after having no luck finding a job in that field, she moved to Ottawa from Kingston. She had a couple of tattoos already, and committed herself to making a go of it as a tattoo artist. She found herself an apprenticeship and realized that she was pretty good at it. Just over 8 years later, Melanie decided it was time to follow her dream and open her own shop.

Debbie Wilson, Board Chair of the BIA, welcomed the new business to the Downtown: “We’re excited to welcome an art-based business to our Old Town Kemptville BIA family. Melanie and Tyler have already invested financially in their space, and have demonstrated they are serious about the health and safety of their clients. By having established a substantial client base previously, we have no doubt that Blackbird Tattoo will be part of our downtown business community for many years to come.”

Melanie is very happy to be settled in a community like North Grenville. “I grew up in Brockville, so being in a big city was a little hard to get used to. After tattooing in Ottawa for 8 years, I wanted to move away from the big city and into a community. Downtown Kemptville has been amazing so far. We hope to be a part of this amazing community for many years.”

Please join us in welcoming Melanie and Tyler to Downtown Kemptville. Due to health unit protocols, there will be an outdoor by-invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, November 13, at the front of the building at 10 Prescott Street.

We expect all participants and visitors to respect all current public health unit protocols by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask, where applicable, as part of this very special event.

For more information about Blackbird Tattoo, follow them on Instagram @blackbirdtattookemptville, or email them at [email protected]. You can also call them at 613- 258-5756, or feel free to drop by the shop at 10 Prescott Street beside the bridge in Downtown Kemptville. Their hours are 11am-7pm from Tuesday to Saturday

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