Sketched May 15, 2013
Goodbye Caffeine Cuties, hello The Bean Feen.
Next time you drive through this coffee stand in Mount Lake Terrace, don’t expect a scantily-dressed barista to serve your morning latte.
Big block letters announce the change: “NOW FAMILY FRIENDLY”
Is this a sign of the times? I wondered. Are bikini-barista stands an endangered specie of our surburban landscape?
New owner Jackie Briones doesn’t think they are going away, though she wished they would. “It’s degrading for women,” she said. Unless you are a model or a lifeguard, “where else can you go to work in your bikinis?”
To bring in a new clientele, Briones has been writing this other slogan on the dry-erase board: “Now clothed and classy.”
But new baristas Cloe Hadidi and Kendra Johnson say the occasional “creepy guy” still comes in. They recalled someone being very angry: “I drove all the way here and you are wearing clothes!”
Briones takes heart that a larger number of customers are saying just the opposite: “Thanks for having clothes on!”