Follow us:

The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Now serving coffee with class, not cuties

Gabi_0524_BeanFeed01

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!”

Gabi_0524_BeanFeed02

Your community. What draws you in? Send me your suggestions of interesting places and people to sketch via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Comments | More in Businesses | Topics: Mountlake Terrace

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►