McHenry City Council creates liquor license for personal care establishments

Council also revamps video gaming ordinance

McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett (left) and David McArdle, the city's attorney discuss an agenda item April 15 during a McHenry City Council in McHenry.
McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett (left) and David McArdle, the city's attorney discuss an agenda item April 15 during a McHenry City Council in McHenry.

The McHenry City Council has agreed to create a new liquor license category for personal care businesses.

The new Class F liquor license will allow businesses that offer services such as hair and nail treatments, waxing and exfoliation, body packs and wraps, aroma therapy, facials and formal wear fittings to offer their clients alcoholic beverages at no cost.

The services – individually or packaged together – must last at least two hours to qualify, according to city documents.

The businesses can only serve wine and beer, not hard liquor. No more than two drinks – 12 ounces of beer or
4 ounces of wine – can be served per customer, under the ordinance.

Alcohol can’t be consumed after business hours, or between midnight and
6 a.m., under the ordinance.

Personal care liquor licenses have been discussed in the past, most recently at the June 3 City Council meeting when officials voted down a proposed whiskey bar and barbershop.

Dan Hart wanted to open Whiskey Straight, proposed for a vacant building on Main Street. The business would have included a bar and video gaming and Hart wanted a Class A liquor license.

The City Council voted down the proposal, but Val Ziebel, owner of Valerie’s Salon in McHenry, spoke in favor of the idea and said she, too, would like to offer a glass of wine to her customers.

“I just want to be able to elevate my clients’ experience with a touch of class and a little pampering,” she said at the time. “I just beg you to consider the options.”

The new license was approved but that doesn’t mean video gambling is coming for McHenry’s salon and spa industry.

City Council members approved changes to its gambling ordinance in the June 17 meeting.

The gambling ordinance approved states that only truck stops and businesses with a full bar (Class A) or table service (Class B) liquor license can offer video gaming.

Business owners who want to offer video gambling must now enter into a development agreement with the city. The agreement would address things such as allowed signage and partition requirements, according to city documents.

City Council members haven’t voted to set a maximum number of licenses allowed in the city yet. Business owners who want the machines still must come before City Council for individual approval.

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