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Salon wants to sell alcohol with tans

November 4, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA - Marcie McMannis believes times are tough for small business owners. That's why she is looking to add alcohol sales to her business on North Main Street.

McMannis has owned Sunbreeze Tanning the last four years, although it has been in operation at the same location since 1994.

She said the business is the oldest salon in town and very reputable.

"Everyone is like friends here. No one tans and (then) leaves, everyone sits down and tells their story. It just made sense to offer cocktails," she said.

The Monday through Saturday on-premises sale of beer, wine and liquor will be featured on the Nov. 6 election ballot. It's not the first time McMannis has tried to add the service.

About two years ago she wanted to add alcohol sales but the move didn't make it to the ballot.

She said customers have indicated they would enjoy the new service and she doesn't believe the sales will change the atmosphere of the salon.

"I'm not trying to (make it a) bar. We are going to remain open the same hours," she said.

She described the tanning salon as a "mom and pops" type business.

"Everyone likes to sit around and tell me their problems and hang out. If you come in here it's not like your regular tanning salon, it's more like your tiki lounge. It's (alcohol sales) going to help the business," she said.

Tiki lounges are typically known as exotic-themed establishments that offer cocktails and other mixed drinks.

"Small businesses are really struggling right now. I'm just trying to make the business better," she said.

The local option is the only one on the election ballot for Columbiana.



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