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County considers allowing alcohol at barbershops and salons

Posted at 5:43 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:26:32-05

Clark County is considering a plan that would allow limited quantities of beer and wine to be sold at barber shops and salons.

The proposal would allow an "ancillary drink permit" for licensed barbershops or cosmetologists to sell up to two servings at a time of beer or wine.  They would have to prove that alcohol is not the shop's main source of income.

Gabrielle Gordon, who runs Weavetastic Salon near Flamingo and Torrey Pines, says she often gives a complimentary glass of wine to her guests.  

"Everyone who comes in here is a queen, and they deserve the royal treatment," she says.

Gordon is expanding her small business to a larger building and would like to add a small bar as part of it. She says the new proposal would allow her to sell alcohol as well.

But some commissioners want to see the plan reviewed before it's decided. Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak is concerned it would open the door for other businesses to do the same thing, and also worried the system could easily be manipulated.

He also says enforcement might be a challenge. Between business licenses and new marijuana licenses, inspection staffing is slim.

The next hearing on the proposal is scheduled for March 6.