A recent bill has been proposed in Los Angeles, California, that has many of LA and Lafeyette's citizens angrily demonstrating. The bill, AB1322, or the Drybar Bill, would allow all of California's barbershops and hair salons to offer complimentary alcoholic beverages to patrons, without a liquor license or any training or monitoring. Many of the residents of these two cities are demonstrating and asking Governor Brown to veto the legistlation.
Two businesses are already showing support for the bill: Drybar Brentwood and 18/8 Fine Men's Salons, according to a recent press release. It was in front of these businesses that community members of the California Alcohol Policy Alliance briefly demonstrated. The belief is that the bill encourages irresponsible handling of alcoholic beverages in facilities that are not supervised, where drinks could easily fall into the wrong hands.
However, I have to admit my favorite place to go for a pampered mani-pedi combo is a place that serves complimentary mimosas. There’s just nothing like relaxing with your feet in the spa and champagne in your hand after a hard day’s work. In fact, although most nail salons do not have liquor licenses or monitoring, many serve complimentary drinks during your visit.
According to an article in The New York Times, serving complimentary drinks has increased one nail salon’s traffic about 30-40%. The Dashing Diva of New York is known for its happy hour-type atmosphere and as a result has a loyal customer base of regulars.
This type of jump in sales pays for the free drinks plus some. Salon owners consider the offering of mimosas, cosmos and other beverages a way of making what has become a chore into more of a relaxing experience.
Some of the fancier hair salons already get away with offering a glass of champagne to patrons during a blowout, so why not allow these businesses in California to go for it? Salons should continue to serve light and fun drinks, like a glass of champagne during services, but the law should require a sensible drink maximum and maybe some monitoring and a liquor license as well.