Claremont Insider: In the Eye of the Beholder

Saturday, March 1, 2008

In the Eye of the Beholder

We received this email last Tuesday about a KCBS-2 news crew in the Claremont village last Tuesday:

My daughter and I noticed the CBS van on First street, and this evening's news ch 2 said Claremont was going to Planning commission to ban salons from the downtown village... interviewed an older couple and an owner... A city official on camera too....

Thanks for all you do to keep us up to date!

The beauty salon story got some coverage from reporter Will Bigham in the Daily Bulletin:

CLAREMONT - There are as many as 25 beauty salons in the Village, and city leaders say enough is enough.

With the blessing of the Chamber of Commerce, city officials have begun crafting a new law that would prohibit new beauty salons from opening in street-level, storefront Village locations.

In the city's downtown Village, there are many types of beauty businesses - hair salons, nail salons, barbers and day spas. On some blocks, there are three or four different salons.

City officials worry that the increasing number of salons is disrupting the balance between retail and service shops in the Village. And more new salons are seeking space in the Village, officials say.

"We have a few vacant spots right now, and we're getting inquiries about additional (salons) coming in," said Tony Witt, director of community development.

The Planning Commission is expected to consider an ordinance to regulate salons at its meeting March 4, said Belle Newman, principal planner.

We kept an eye out for a link to the KCBS news clip and finally found one. Tony Witt got his Warholian 15 minutes with a little face time in an interview with the KCBS reporter.