The Washington Post

O’Malley signs ‘Drybar bill’ allowing salons to serve bubbly

Drybar founder Alli Webb, center, offers Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, a "Blowout in a Box," as he signs the new law. Delegate Ariana Kelly, left, wrote the bill. Photo by Daniel Swartz. Drybar founder Alli Webb, center, offers Gov. Martin O’Malley, left, a “Blowout in a Box,” as he signs the new law. Delegate Ariana Kelly, left, wrote the bill. Photo by Daniel Swartz.

Finally, residents of Montgomery County can count among their inalienable rights (right up there with life and liberty) the right to a glass of sparkling wine with their blowouts.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday signed into law HB-137, known around Annapolis as “the Drybar bill” after the salon that was the lobbying force behind it. The new law allows beauty salons to obtain a permit “to provide beer and wine by the glass for consumption by a certain customer when a certain cosmetology service is provided or a certain fundraising event is held.”

Customers of other locations of the national Drybar chain, which specializes in blow-dry services, were accustomed to sipping a glass of wine as they were coiffed, but those at the Bethesda salon had to go without because of the state’s liquor laws. So regional manager Courtney Barfield worked with Delegate Ariana Kelly, who drafted the bill.

Drybar founder Alli Webb attended the Monday signing ceremony (sporting a perfect ‘do, obviously), where she offered the governor her company’s “Blowout in a Box” to give his wife.  “It was such a cool civics lesson for me,” she said of the event.

Looks that next blowout in Bethesda might be a little less…dry.


Read more Reliable Source:

Comedian Joel McHale sticks around D.C. after correspondents’ dinner performance

Recapping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (with video)

WHCD celebrities’ surprising Washington connections


Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.