New Business Coming to Curtis House Carriage House

If you're staying at the Curtis House Inn and are in need of a trim, you won't have to go far.


Tricia Aquilar is opening a new barber shop in the carriage house on the grounds of the , located at 506 Main St. South.

Aquilar attended the Tuesday, July 10, Zoning Commission meeting, for a review of the new business.

Chairman Martin Overton said an antiques shop used to be at that location.

The commission did not take action on the new business as Overton said the change is benign.

Aquilar said she intends to run the shop Tuesday through Saturday.


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James July 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Wait; let me get this right: an antique shop and a barber shop are like enough that no questions need be asked, but if I place one or a number of political signs on my lawn and the sign(s) total(s) more than, pick a number, 9,12, 24 square feet I may be subject to an enforcement action? An action might be on the books, but not pursued for...how long? More than a year? More than two? How many square feet will the barber-shop sign be? Can they install a classic barber pole? Is Martin shopping for a new hair-dresser?
Sean M July 16, 2012 at 03:29 PM
The commission determined the change is benign, not just Overton. The public hearing process commences with major changes to a land use. Going from one type of retail establishment (antiques) to another (hair cutting) is not a major change. There have been a few recent examples of minor changes like this. As for the signs, that is handled both zoning regulations and the Historic District (I believe this property is in the Historic District.) The commission has not been willing to deal with the political sign regulations, blame Martin Overton and Bob Clarke for this one. There is a workshop on July 31st which is supposed to start the process. It should have been June 26th, but Martin Overton cancelled the meeting at the last minute to attend his mother's birthday in England. Disclosure: I am an alternate on the Zoning Commissions. All opinions are mine solely.
joe_m July 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Wow, they are going to let a new business in town? Tricia must know somebody. Amazing that the anti-business Zoning Commission would allow this travesty. Seriously, good luck to Tricia. Guess the Zoning Commission was looking for some good publicity.
Sean M July 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Dear joe_m, Could you explain how the commission is anti-business? What have you seen at the meetings that makes you conclude this?


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