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Murphysboro approves liquor license for salons and spas

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro salons and spas can soon offer customers alcohol with their services. Tuesday, city leaders voted to approve amending the liquor code to add liquor licenses for the personal-service businesses.

Kristy Nolan, stylist at Smart Style, believes her salon provides a getaway, as much as it does beauty for customers.

"This is their place of peace where they're relaxed," says Nolan. 

She and fellow hair stylist, Lakesha Davis, say salons pamper their clientele, to give them "the royal treatment." They even offer customers a beverage.

"Even now, we offer them water, soda, juice, just on the regular," says Nolan. 

Now, with Murphysboro's new "Class S" liquor license for salon's, the ladies may soon get to offer customers something stronger. A draft of the new city code, would allow hair and nail salons, barber shops and other salon-spa businesses to offer customers an alcoholic beverage with service.

Davis says she regularly goes to a salon in St. Louis that offers such service.

"They ask you if you want a glass of wine and what do you prefer," adds Davis. 

She believes customers will drink it up.

"When they're getting off work, they go get a drink and sometimes they'll go get a glass of wine or something and then come get their hair done to ease their day off to wind down," says Davis. 

Davis and Nolan both believe booze will boost business for stylists, but they don't want to overdo it.

"A couple glasses. Not like sitting here turning up a whole bottle. That's excessive," says Davis.  

But they believe with just a couple of drinks, their customers can better enjoy the experience of becoming more beautiful and feel a little better about themselves in the process.

Salon owners will have to pay $525 a year for the privilege of pouring a glass.

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