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McHenry City Council to consider liquor license request for Valerie's Salon

Val Ziebel, owner of Valerie's Salon, 3402 W. Elm St., McHenry, has requested a liquor license for her business.
Val Ziebel, owner of Valerie's Salon, 3402 W. Elm St., McHenry, has requested a liquor license for her business.

The McHenry City Council will meet Monday to discuss a salon owner’s request for a liquor license.

Val Ziebel, owner of Valerie’s Salon, wants to take advantage of the newly created personal care establishment liquor license. Her salon, at 3402 W. Elm St., offers hair, nail, skin and tattoo services such as permanent makeup and tattoo removal or lightening, according to its website.

Ziebel said she wants to pamper her clients, and the ability to offer a glass of wine would add to that experience. She said clients sometimes are at the salon for hours.

“This is an icing on the cake kind of thing,” she said. “It’s a wonderful thing, and it’s sweeping the nation.”

McHenry’s personal care liquor licenses allow spa and salon businesses to offer alcohol to clients at no cost. 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.

Ziebel said she would prefer a regular license that allowed her to sell alcoholic beverages but city officials have told her that isn’t an option.

City Council members in the past have expressed concern about nonrestaurant or bar businesses seeking video gambling. In Illinois, a business is qualified to offer video gaming if it has a liquor license.

“I am being penalized for that even though I have no interest in video gaming,” Ziebel said.

City Council members recently shot down a request from businessman Dan Hart, who wanted to open a barber shop and whiskey bar with video gambling, as well. The majority of the council voted against the idea and cited concerns about places such as barber shops offering alcohol and gambling.

City Council members approved changes to the gambling ordinance at the June 17 meeting, when the personal care license was established.

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

The City Council will consider the request at 7 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 333 S. Green St.

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