Originally Published: February 27, 2018 6 a.m.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County commissioners are considering an ordinance that would allow customers at salons and barbershops to buy beer or wine while getting their haircut.
The Clark County proposal was pushed by industry, with business owners saying many customers asked if the establishment offered drinks, Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said.
At least seven states have approved alcohol service at salons, barbershops and spas, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. California approved its law allowing free beer or wine in 2016, with similar laws on the books in Maryland, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Some Clark County businesses serve alcohol on a limited basis through liquor catering companies. The county ordinance would allow barber shops and cosmetology establishments to pursue permits to purchase wholesale beer and wine that they sell to customers, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
County Commissioner Susan Brager said she is concerned about expanding alcohol availability in a town with legal marijuana and other businesses already serving beer and wine. She said the ordinance would need to be crafted narrowly for her to support it and that she is in favor of paint studios selling wine.
“I think that pretty soon we’re opening up the door that any business could figure out a way to be able to serve wine and beer, and then next up they want to sell liquor,” Brager said.
Some commissioners raised concerns about enforcement, saying establishments might say they are hair salons when really the business is primarily alcohol sales. Jacqueline Holloway, director of the business license department, said existing enforcement should be enough to ensure those with permits are complying with the law.
“Not knowing exactly how many permits we’ll be vetting and looking at, we will be able to use the resources that we currently have, I believe,” Holloway said.
The proposal would require businesses to turn in specific operational plans for where and how the alcohol will be served and fit into the business.
The ordinance also would limit the amount of alcohol that could be served per customer to two 8-ounce drinks.
The commission on Tuesday approved a business impact statement related to the proposal and set a public meeting for March 6.