Bikini Baristas a No-Go at Woodinville Coffee Stand Near Preschool

The idea was to wear "costumes" on the weekends, but after a test run, employees at the Woodinville coffee stand say they won't continue the practice.

Scantily clad baristas will not be the norm at Who Spilled the Beans Espresso near Morning Star preschool in Woodinville, employees said Thursday.

Patch visited the store Thursday afternoon near Ristorante Italianissimo and found two fully clothed females at the stand.

Sonja Possin said she's been working there for about five months and that she asked the owner if she could wear costumes on weekends in an attempt to boost business.

"We weren't going to do it during the week because of the kids," she said.

She said she had run the idea by customers before trying it and said she got a positive response. So Possin tried it on one recent weekend, wearing what she described as an Alice in Wonderland costume with a bustier-type top. Another day she said she wore a short skirt and top that showed her stomach. 

As a result, on Wednesday, officials with Morning Star preschool sent a notice to parents telling them the owner of Who Spilled the Beans was turning the stand into one with bikini baristas. It said they would be letting the owner know that the practice would be unacceptable and encouraged parents to ask that the stand remain family-friendly. 

On Thursday, Morning Star officials sent out another note to parents, saying they had learned that the stand would not become one with scantily clad staff.

"I have spoken to the owner of the espresso stand at the White Stallion Center and he has confirmed that he is NOT planning on turning his stand into a bikini barista and will continue to be a family friendly business," Morning Star Director Karen Hergert said in an email to Patch. "We would like to support him [the owner of Who Spilled the Beans] in this by asking local residents to patronize his stand so that he can be successful as a family oriented business."

In January, a local coffee stand owner had female employees wear "costumes" as an experiment, but it was a short-lived one. At that time the city of Woodinville did not have any ordinances regarding scantily clad baristas.

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Lisa Baumann October 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Whether what the young women were wearing as costumes is appropriate, is a matter of opinion. This stand was going down the costume road - and the costume road involves less clothing - that much is clear.
Ron Olson October 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM
"Different" clothing, is not necessarily less clothing. Even if less clothing was being worn, that doesn't mean it is inappropriate. Besides, it doesn't matter what the employees were wearing, the story should have been investigated so both sides could be heard. I'd like to see a picture of the girl wearing the costume in question posted here so we can judge for ourselves. I'd also like to get a comment from Karen about the illegal posters hanging at her business. The coffee business answered their complaint, and Karen needs to step up to the plate and answer hers.
Renzo Mottino October 14, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Some of the comments here are ridiculous: Lisa Baumann Whether what the young women were wearing as costumes is appropriate, is a matter of opinion. This stand was going down the costume road - and the costume road involves less clothing - that much is clear. What next Lisa, long dresses from head to toe and a face veil to match for the hot summer Month”s
Jim DeYounger October 14, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Ann - This has everything to do with Karen. She will destroy anything she thinks gets in her way. Nothing wrong happened here yet she is personally trying to destroy this business. After all these comments clarifying this situation you think an apology would be in order. You can keep giving your money to people like Karen and the Morning Star preschool. This is not the kind of person I can support. She tried to destroy her own neighbors and now here we have another victim. Open your eyes. She sure opened ours and we were glad to see her sell her home and move away.
Amy Vangemert February 06, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I think people are just getting tired of the need to use "sex to sell". I am a mother of 4 boys and grateful I do not have a daughter. Whether you teach them or not they are growing up believing they have to sell their body in order to make ends meat. It's the people out there going to these places and supporting them that are the ones I'm worried about. The girls working them have simply realized how much control women really have and that if you use it you will get paid... Shame on the men who don't have more respect or should I say self respect.


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