Recently, three university alumni opened up a shop exclusively offering professional, quality piercings.
Hidden Hand Jewelry and Piercing Studio opened Sept. 1 and is located next to 704 W. King St.
Appalachian alumni Colin Weathers, Ben Onstot, Bryce Teel and former student Jasper Haugaard own the store together.
Prior to graduation, the three alumni plus Haugaard noticed there was not a store dedicated solely to piercings – Ink Link and Expressions, both located in downtown Boone, offer other services in addition to piercings.
“Our goal is to offer quality piercing,” Weathers, Hidden Hand Jewelry and Piercing Studio owner said. “We want to focus on having a professional shop and to have a good community following.”
The name Hidden Hand was coined by a potential piercer the owners knew. They chose that name over another idea – Sharp Jewelry & Piercing Studio.
The store also has a variety of jewelry for people to buy.
Weathers said they plan to give back to their community by sponsoring events and developments here in Boone.
Hidden Hand also features resident artwork along their walls, decorating their shop.
“We’re a homegrown piercing shop right on King Street,” Onstot said.
Melissa Green is a piercer at Hidden Hand and said the establishment has a great atmosphere.
“We cater to everyone here,” Green said. “Anyone from a mother bringing her 5-year-old daughter in to have her ears pierced or older people coming in. The shop is very clean and professional.”
Hidden Hand is open noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
For more information, visit facebook.com/HiddenHandStudio. .
Story: BRANDON ALLISON, Intern A&E Reporter