Starting this week, Albertans can enjoy a cold beer along with their hot shave, cut or manicure.

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) announced this week that barbershops, salons and spas in the province are now eligible for liquor licences.

The new rules were welcome news to customers at Distilled Beauty Bar and Social House on Thursday, who sipped on glasses of wine as they waited to get their nails done.

Distilled is a combination spa, coffee house and bar. Owner Lisa Maric said she was mistakenly given a liquor licence to serve alcohol everywhere in her shop, which she held for a year. But last month, Maric learned the AGLC was changing her licence so she could serve alcohol only at the front of her business.

The AGLC change will mean her clients will once again be able to drink while getting beauty treatments.

“I don’t think there’s any kind of safety issue with a lady having a glass of wine, or a gentleman during a pedicure having a glass of wine,” said Maric.

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CBC News – Mar 09, 2018.

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