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tattoo-artist-556036_1920_1024Norfolk City Council will vote on Tuesday evening to add four new businesses to its landscape. The businesses, all located between Highland Park and downtown, consist of a rum distillery, a tattoo parlor, a nightclub and a barbecue restaurant.

Dead Reckoning Distillery, a micro-distillery specializing in rum, aims to open a location at the intersection of W. 24th Street and Llewellyn and DeBree Avenues. The distillery will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., will have a tasting room and sell their own bottled rum. According to the distillery’s website, the veteran-owned distillery currently produces two types of rum.

A tattoo shop and school, called Independence Tattoo III, plans to open at 952 W. 21st St. The more than 6,000-square-foot location was approved by the planning commission in early November.

The owner of LeiAuntes Sweet Lounge will open a Jhane’s Sweet Lounge at 731 Granby St. The nightclub will have live music, karaoke, stand-up comedy and live DJs. Jhane’s Sweet Lounge will be open seven days a week.

A new barbecue restaurant, Dorothy’s BBQ Smokehouse, will be located at 4110 Colley Ave. The restaurant, which will sell alcohol for consumption both on and off premises. The restaurant was approved by the planning commission in November.

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Amy Poulter has lived in more than a dozen cities – including New York, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando and Jersey City – but she was born right here in the Southside. Amy graduated from Old Dominion University and worked for The Virginian-Pilot and Princess Anne Independent News before joining Southside Daily. Before working as a multimedia journalist, she was a professional chef and musician. In her free time, Amy enjoys listening to music, reading, spending time at the beach and chasing her two pups around the park.