- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Moe’s BarBar Shop is giving downtown Howell a taste this year of what it means to be a one-stop shop.

Moe’s owners Lance and Paige Lumpiesz has opened a hair salon next to their pub and added a lounge to offer their clients a choice of haircut, alcoholic beverage or food - all in one stop and in no particular order, or just one at a time.

“We’re very excited,” Lance Lumpiesz told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus ( http://on.lsj.com/1Q8reyW ). “The community has embraced the concept of Moe’s BarBar Shop due to the fact that many have had a history with the original Moe’s.”

Moe’s is famous in Howell and beyond for its burger, soups, Polish night on Tuesdays, and seafood bisque on Fridays. The lounge is located in-between the salon and pub.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission approved a liquor license for the salon in June. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved Moe’s cosmetology license on Nov. 12.

“I give Lance a lot of credit for bringing in a new and exciting alternative to ‘just the haircut,’” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce.

The original Moe’s Barbershop opened downtown in the early 1970s. The building, owned by former Howell mayor and councilwoman Geraldine Moen, has been home to a few businesses since her husband, the original Moe, Knut Moen, passed away in the early 1990s.

A coffee shop, gift shop, record store, sports shop and women’s store have called the building home in the past.

Paige Lumpiesz is Knut and Geraldine Moen’s daughter. The Lumpieszes leased the space and opened Moe’s four years ago.

The pub can seat nearly 60 and the lounge close to 30. The salon has three of Moe’s original barber chairs and several waiting chairs from the 1970s.

The salon offers $3 discounts to seniors and active military personnel. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays; and 9 am. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The pub is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The Lumpieszes hired Denise Maule, formerly of the nearby Cornerstone Barber Shop, to cut hair. They’re also looking for more licensed haircutters.

“I may not be the fastest, but I do try my best to give you the best haircut I possibly can,” Maule said.

Maule said a salon customer who wants liquor or beer may request a plastic cover for his or her glass or cover a beer bottle with a thumb. Customers also will be able to set drinking glasses aside and drink when Maule pauses for a moment.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she said.

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