Customers looking for a diverse artistic experience can find it at The Red Raven Art and Tattoo Gallery, which recently opened at 126 S. Washington St.
The store's owner, Chad Bauer, a Tiffin native, has plans to make Red Raven a unique collection of entertainment options. Art work, which is mainly from local sources, is on display at the store, and artists have the option to display and sell their pieces.
Paintings, photography and sculptures will be featured at Red Raven, Bauer said, and monthly art shows will be hosted.
Local schools and colleges will be a significant source of artwork for the store, said Bauer, to help draw the attention of the public, and independent films also will be shown.
In addition to its focus on art, Red Raven will be opening a Java House coffee shop in the near future, adding to its eclectic entertainment mix. Pour-over coffee drinks will be offered, and free Wi-Fi will be available, Bauer said.
Further expanding its artistic reach, Red Raven also offers tattoos and piercing. Tattoos are done by five staff members, Bauer said, who are fully certified and have anywhere from two to eight years of experience.
Bauer said Red Raven will be bringing tattoo artists from across the country for monthly events at the gallery.
February's guest artist is from Columbus, he said, and upcoming months will feature "big name stars" from Chicago, Seattle and Maryland.
While the tattoo and art galleries are on the main floor of Red Raven, two other floors will add to the Red Raven experience.
Bauer is planning a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and an arcade in the basement of the location, to add an element of family-oriented entertainment, and the third floor will be developed as the gallery's business expands.
Miniature golf will cost $2-$3 per person, said Bauer, and a family rate might be offered.
The entrance to the store already is highlighted by a Red Raven sign, and three display windows will offer a glimpse of what customers will find inside. One window display will feature artwork, another will highlight Java House, and the third will advertise the tattoo gallery.
T-shirts and custom corn hole boards are also for sale at Red Raven.
Bauer said about six employees will cover the store's hours, including part-time and full-time positions.
Red Raven now is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the store might stay open later on weekends for customers seeking tattoos, he said.