Politics & Government

Day spas applying for beer and wine licenses

Sure, the Legislature didn’t come up with an education funding plan this year as ordered by the state Supreme Court. They did create a few new ways for people to access alcohol, though – namely, at day spas and senior centers.

Under new laws that took effect in June, senior centers and day spas can apply for special alcohol licenses.

So far, 14 day spas in Washington have received an alcohol license that allows them to give a customer a glass of wine or beer at no charge, according to the state Liquor Control Board. (See their locations on the map.)

The day spa alcohol license is only available to businesses offering at least three aesthetic services, such as hair care, nail services, waxing, massages or facials.

In the South Sound, one day spa in Olympia and one in Tacoma that have received permits to serve free beer and wine. Yakima and Bellevue each have two day spas that are permitted to serve free glasses of wine or beer, making them the defacto wine spa capitals of Washington – at least for now.

The senior center liquor license has proven less popular so far, according to the liquor board. Only one senior center has received a senior center alcohol license so far: Camano Center on Camano Island.