Brewery, tattoo shop open in Royal Square

Sean Philip Cotter

Two new businesses open their doors Friday right around the corner from each other in the Royal Square neighborhood of York City.

Collusion Tap Works at 105 S. Howard St. will have beer flowing from each of its 24 taps, and White Rose Tattoo Parlour at 122 E. King St. will be inking skin.

Collusion's head brewer is York Suburban High grad Jared Barnes, who runs the bar with his dad and uncle. Starting Friday, the establishment's going to be open seven days a week, though it'll be closed for Labor Day.

"We’ve got 24 draft lines pouring all of our own stuff," he said. According to Collusion's website, which has a full draft list, that includes a wide range of beers from IPAs to saisons to scotch ales. He demurred when asked if there were any he'd particularly recommend.

Ben Beddia samples a sugar-and-spice beer while working the brewery Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Collusion Tap Works. The new brew pub and bistro will open its doors for business at 4 p.m. Sept. 2. Amanda J. Cain photo

"That’s kind of like naming your favorite child," said Barnes, who briefly worked at Wyndridge Farm after learning in Germany how to brew beer.

For Friday, food truck Artisan Pizza will be providing food, and they'll also have some barbecue. But that's only a temporary arrangement, he said; the goal's either for the establishment to make its own food or contract catering services to do some for them.

Jared Phillips Barnes, co-owner of Collusion Tap Works, holds a training session for employees Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at the new brew pub and bistro. Amanda J. Cain photo

The establishment will be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon until midnight, Sundays from noon until about 8 or 9 p.m., Mondays through Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until midnight. It seats about 65 to 70 people inside its building, which is attached to the back of the Bond building, with room for another 35 to 40 outside, Barnes said.

Weekend of activities coming to York City

Royal Square is the area in the southeastern part of downtown York City around the block bounded by King, Queen, Princess and Duke streets. The area's taken on a hipster aesthetic, with the likes of art galleries, thrift shops and a doughnut-and-beer store moving in over the past few years. Royal Square Development & Construction owns a significant number of the properties in the area.

Artist Calvin Hersh, of Hanover, puts the finishing touches on a handprinted barb wire design by Lancaster artist Pat Hennigan Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at White Rose Tattoo Parlour. The new shop is located at 116 E. King St. Amanda J. Cain photo

One of them is across the alley of South Howard Street and around the corner in the 100 block of East King Street, where Spring Grove grad Wesley Garvick is opening White Rose Tattoo Parlour. The goal is to have the parlor open every day, but at the start it's going to be Tuesday to Saturday, from noon until 9 or 10 p.m., said Garvick, who has moved around the country tattooing for a few years.

White Rose Tattoo Parlour owner Wesley Garvick, of Spring Grove, talks about his tattooing background in his shop Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in the Royal Square District of York City. The shop is located at 116 E. King St. Amanda J. Cain photo

Over the past year he's been back in the York area, running White Rose Tattoo Supply, which he describes as "like Snap-On, but for tattoos." The company has a truck full of tattoo supplies it takes to artists all over the region.

That company will keep going, he said, and now Garvick has opened up this tattoo shop, the first he's run.

"We concentrate on American traditional tattoos," he said. "Bright, bold, clean tattoos ... sort of focused on how tattooing was in the past."

A handprinted panther design, by Hanover artist Calvin Hersh, sits next to a wall full of traditional American tattoo designs Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at White Rose Tattoo Parlour. The new shop is located at 116 E. King St. and will open at noon Sept. 2. Amanda J. Cain photo

He said his style is based on clean, sharp lines and eye-catching colors.

"We want our tattoos to be seen from a distance," he said.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.

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