Alcohol at Salons

POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

Free booze at barber and beauty shops? One Louisiana lawmaker wants to give salons the right to serve alcohol to customers. Our Kianga Kelley is tracking this story and as she found out reaction to the proposal is mixed.

Everyday people rely on barbers and beauticians to make them look and sometimes feel good. But what if you could relax even more by adding your favorite drink to the mix? Upper Cuts customer Dan Thompson says, “I don’t think it’s a bad idea, they do it at the spas all the time.” Representative Jerry Gissclair of Lafourche Parish is sponsoring a bill to do just that.

The rules would be simple; Gisclair’s bill would simply allow cosmetology businesses to serve alcohol free to their customers and always in moderation. Meaning customers of legal age would be served either one 12 ounce glass of bear, two five ounce glasses of wine, or one drink with no more than two ounces of hard liquor. Salons, barber shops, and spas would have to obtain a liquor license in order to provide the special services.

Keisha Smith of Simply Raw Beauty Salon says, “This service is a pampering service and some people might want to wind down at the end of the day.” Mike Thomas of Upper Cuts Barbershop says, Ain’t nothing wrong with a guy coming in from a hard days of work and want to relax in the barbershop; a barbershop is somewhere where a man can relax.”

But not everyone agrees with the bill. Veronica Richard says she would boycott a barbershop that served alcohol. “I personally don’t think it’s a good idea and being that I have kids or because kids are in the environment, that to me is giving them a bad influence.”

Good or bad it will be up to the legislature to decide. The bill will be up for discussion later this month during the legislative session.