Owner: Rent Too Painful, Tattoo Parlor Leaving Town

Tormented Souls heads to a larger space in East Northport.

Citing rents that are too high for his business, the owner of tattoo parlor said he plans to shut down his Kings Park storefront after almost a decade on Main Street.

“I don’t want to leave. I live here,” said Steve Gagliano, who lives in San Remo.

He said he will focus on his second location at 2090 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport.

He estimated he will be saving at least $2,500 per month by leaving his Kings Park storefront, where his last rent bill was $1,874.43, a figure he said was set to increase again in January.

While rent at the second location is a bit higher, he said he has about double the space there as he has in Kings Park. It is also situated on a main road, making it easier for his customers to find.

Other problems associated with the Kings Park downtown also forced his hand. Gagliano pointed to a sign on the corner that lights up hours after nightfall, making it harder for customers to find the place. At the same time, smells from the Subway sandwich shop next door creep into his shop, sometimes to a “nauseating” extent, he said.

Gagliano said he has tried to resolve the issues with his landlord, Bart Galetta of Commack, but has been unable and is in a legal battle with him.

Galetta could not be reached for comment.

Gagliano said he received some skepticism from local residents over having a tattoo parlor in town when he opened at 54 Main Street in May of 2002, but that the doubts gave way to acceptance.

“I’ve tried to contribute,” he said, making donations and giving gift certificates to different school and church groups. He said his staff is far from the stereotypical image that people might assume when thinking of a tattoo parlor.

"Most of us are graphic designers that just changed careers," he said.

Kings Park Civic Association president Sean Lehmann said Gagliano recently volunteered to design the group’s logo for its new website.

“It’s a shame that another business is leaving Kings Park,” Lehmann said.

Gagliano’s departure will leave two of four rental spaces unoccupied at the site, the other left vacant when earlier this year. Subway and a dry cleaners shop will remain.

The space he has rented was vacant when he moved in, Gagliano said, and had been a window treatment store before that.

Gagliano said he would like to return to Kings Park, but in the wake of his experience renting, would only be willing if he were able to buy the building he would run out of.

“There’s enough stresses in life,” he said.

new guy January 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
its a shame to she the tattoo shop leave. we'll have another vacant store front in town. you would think the landlord would want to work with their tenants. i'm sure nobody is beating down the door to rent from him.
DG January 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
the landlords in kings park bettter wake up or the entire town will be vacant. you can barely shop kp as it is.
cms January 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The writing was on the wall for the greety landlord when American Beauty closed,these are tough economic times, get smart already!
Mike January 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Bart Galetta - Greety landlord are killing KP
new guy January 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
and its not like they are spending any money on the buildings. the store fronts all look horrible. the buildings on both sides of ralphs ice's should be torn down. just disgraceful.
kptree January 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
$1800+ is a "greedy" rent? you may want to update yourself on the real estate market. I suspect it's not the "greedy" landlords that are killing KP, it might be because we have more than one person here who think that "greety" is a word. Oh, wait, did you mean the landlord says "hello" a lot?
new guy January 06, 2012 at 05:29 PM
kptree thanks for your contribution. are you a property owner on main st.? why not burden the town with more section 8 housing?
CJ January 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What does $1800 for a store front have to do with Section 8? Just curious.
kptree January 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Me too, CJ. What does arguing that $1800 per month is a pretty reasonable rent for the Tormented Souls space have to do with Section 8 housing? k.p. resident woah- I know that comment sections are notorious for people who, shall we say, make curious leaps in logic, but really- this one's a doozy. I am not a property owner on Main St. but I can see both sides of the fence- the tenants who are struggling to the point where any increase in rent can force them to close and the property owners who are charging low to reasonable rents to try and attract tenants and who do not see the need to put a lot of money besides routine maintenance to improve properties because they don't generate a lot of money. I can tell from your comments that you have never or currently don't own commercial property or perhaps even rented commercial property.
new guy January 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
kp tree you could'nt be more wrong about the commercial property comment. but i understand the "leap" comment. i guess as a resident its a little frustrating the way some of these propertys are managed and with no real concern for the community. almost all the buildings on main street need a good fire and the fact we have so many section 8 housing in a small area like main street isnt so pleasing either. section 8 housing is needed but why so much and it has a quality of life burden on the rest of us. dont think so spend some time at russ savatt park. you'll see what im talking about. also the two empty store fronts next to the carlson house....section 8 above. dont forget that building was condemned 2 years ago because the facade was falling off the building....lack of maintenance over the years.
new guy January 07, 2012 at 11:41 PM
i never used the word greedy in the previous post but the greedy comment can also be directed to landlords who own prime property on main street and for years when things were good they didnt put anything back into the buildings or the community, so now that things are bad they also dont seem willing to work with tenants. i believe the tattoo shop has been there for ten years and they have been a positive addition to main street. off topic look at the building to the right of ralphs ices. it should be condemned. the first floor windows are boarded up and the rear door is padlocked from the outside. the only way out is the front door. imagine if theres a fire in there. no need to worry about the second floor its unhabitable. broken windows no interior walls and rain water that drains into the tenants space below. obviously no maintance at all over the years. imagine if that was a residetal property on your block.
new guy January 10, 2012 at 05:41 PM
did i hit a nerve? is cj or kptree, larry?
kptree January 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Mr. Massaro, Aren't you the one who was so concerned with slander when it came to the Patch publishing the names of alleged criminal drug pushers and users? What a hypocrite! You rant and rave when names of criminals are published but someone who runs a business and is not engaging in criminal activity is fair game for your libel? Practice what you preach.
John Massaro January 30, 2012 at 01:38 AM
kptree - Two entirely different things. My "slander" isn't hurting anybody's families. In fact my comment apparantly isn't anything nobody already knows, judging by the previous comments of the same vein... Might I suggest De-Caf?
KPLifer January 30, 2012 at 02:10 PM
He signed the lease knowing all of the future rent increases. Landlord do not control the taxes or utilities.
CJ January 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
A nerve with what? I honestly forgot about the comment. Anyway, I understand - there should be better maintenance on a lot of the buildings on Main St. My comment was that's a different building than the one you're talking about. As I had actually mentioned in response to another Article about Business in Kings Park - I would never in a million years rent a business space here - you can rent for similar prices in a better foot trafficked area, or at least have decent parking.
kptree January 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Mr. Massaro, How is it two totally different things? Oh, you're right- Patch publishing names of alleged criminals is not libel, it's reporting on the actions taken by the the authorities. It is factual information presented about individuals who are alleged criminals and are suspected of breaking the law. While your statements about Mr. Galletta are defamatory and maliciously misrepresent him. I see now. You are a hypocrite. Thanks for making that clear.
John Massaro January 30, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Fine, I'm a hypocrite. Okay? Will you stop talking to me now?
David Tesser March 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Great shop. It stinks he is leaving. KP will loose out. However, as a former store owner in another town-what is he complaining about @1800?


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