Pangea's New Direction
from its funky second-floor location on State Street to a new street-level spot on Liberty across from the post office. He gutted the place, spent $60,000 revamping it, and opened for business at the end of January. "Ann Arbor has a stunning amount of jewelry stores," he says, and he wants people to think of Pangea Piercing as one of them. The difference is that every piece of jewelry Pangea sells is designed to be worn through a pierced body part--and if you don't have that piercing already, Pangea will do it.
When Andrea Gross opened Pangea in 1999 in a house on Church Street, it shared space with a tattoo parlor. Potts bought the business in 2007, five years after it relocated to State Street. "For many years, piercing and tattooing were equivalent in the public mind, but we're working to change that," says potts, who is thirty-five and has fourteen piercings himself. "Things have gotten so mainstream at this point that it's just another thing you buy jewelry for, like your finger or your wrist or your neck or your ears."