Clients at a beauty salon in Leamington will soon be able to enjoy a glass of wine or bubbly during their treatment after councilors decided to grant the premises a drinks licence. The Polished Nail Bar sought permission to serve alcohol to its customers after seeing how well it worked at other salons elsewhere in the county.
Two letters of objection to the application have been sent to Warwick District Council. Neighbor Carolyn Gifford, who also spoke to the panel on behalf of fellow resident Dr Andrew Cave, had raised concerns about the number of licensed premises already in the area and whether there was a need for the salon to have a beverage license.
She said: “On the prevention of public nuisance, the first question to ask is whether there is a need for this license. There are already no less than 18 licenses in Regent Street alone – 23 within a 100 meter radius.
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“Any customer who wants a glass of wine or Prosecco before or after getting their nails done is, frankly, spoiled for choice. This nail salon is successful without a liquor license and I’m sure that he won’t fail if he doesn’t get one.
“I fear it is inevitable that if this license is granted, the other two nail bars [in Regent Street] will feel that the competition is unfair and they will also apply.
But councilors decided to grant permission and restrict the opening hours of the premises in a bid to allay concerns.
Polished Nail Bar owner Julia Bajralija told the panel that drinks would only be offered to customers who had pre-booked beauty treatments. She said: ‘It’s not a public place, it’s for pre-booked beauty clients. The idea is to attract girls-only parties such as wedding groups and the bar will only be open during lounge opening hours.
“It’s quite common in places like London and other big cities where you can blow dry your hair and enjoy a glass of Prosecco – I’m not trying to do anything unusual. I have the space and I think it would be a nice addition to the business – a frivolous little treat. I don’t want to be a publican, I run a beauty salon.