Wash, Cut and a Sip?
Prince George, B.C. – Trend Setters Hair Studio in the Hart may well be the first hair studio in the City to apply and get support for a liquor license.
Recent changes to the Liquor Laws in British Columbia have opened the door for barber shops, salons and spas to offer their clients the opportunity to have some alcohol while they are receiving a service. The Province’s thinking is that having a sip while receiving a service “enhances the customer experience.”
In order to be granted a liquor licence, Council must support the application, and Councillor Albert Koehler was not ready to say yes to such an application. He said there is a definite correlation between alcohol consumption and crime rates, “We have to ask ourselves, what is good for Prince George? when I hear this, then I cannot approve it, because in my opinion that is not good for Prince George.” He said allowing alcohol consumption at a salon , spa or barber shop, “is a slippery slope, It is so slippery with alcohol I don’t know where it’s going.”
Councillor Brian Skakun was also opposed to offering support for this license.
Councillor Terri McConnachie held a different view noting the business has existed for a long time in the Hart, and the application is meant to enhance the experience “Unless we see perms and colours going completely off the rails, we might have to revisit this. I think we can trust them (the business) to handle this responsibly and professionally and most people will conduct themselves in the same manner.”
Councillor Jillian Merrick said by limiting alcohol consumption to bars and pubs “We are teaching people you can only consume alcohol in quantities of 4, 10 and 12 units.” She says a liquor license will only enhance a customer’s experience “I think the more we provide residents with opportunities to behave and act appropriately in public, the more they will rise to the occasion. If we treat them all like they are criminals before they open the beer can they are going to act like criminals, so I am certainly going to support this.”