Beginning January 1, 2017, California beauty salons and barber shops in good standing with the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology can now serve their customers up to 12 ounces of beer or 6 ounces of wine by the glass free of charge, provided it is allowed by local zoning.  Although having a mimosa and getting your toes done was a common previously, this makes the practice legal.

The service must be complementary and the salons and barber shops cannot sell wine or beer, unless the salon or barber shop holds the appropriate license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The salons and barber shops themselves can only purchase beer and wine from persons or companies that are legally licensed to sell to consumers, like licensed retailers, wineries and breweries.

Overall, the new law seems like a practical implementation of what was already a common practice for some operators, so in many ways it looks like reasonable regulation in a sea of what unfortunately can be the shark invested waters of California licensing law.

If you need assistance with any regulatory body or have concerns about how a new law may affect you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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