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article imageTopless coffee shop opens in Maine

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 25, 2009 in Entertainment
A business opened its coffee shop in Maine with topless waiters. The town officials received several complaints but there aren't any local laws to prevent the opening.
The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop opened its topless coffee bar on Monday on Belfast Avenue in Vassalboro, Maine.
They have been trying to open the shop for a few months now but because of opposition they were able to open only recently. More than 50 residents objected to its opening before the Planning Board in January. But the officials were unable to stop it because of no laws exist to prevent such shops from operating.
The coffee shop is blocked to outsiders with posters for New England Coffee. They are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and have a sign that says “over 18 only”. There is another warning sign that says “no cameras, no touching, cash only.”
Scott Monroe, reporter of Kennebec Journal newspaper, went inside the coffee shop and saw only a few patrons inside. He talked to two patrons, brothers Dick and Rene Brochu, ages 60 and 59, who didn’t seem to mind about the topless waitresses and one topless man.
Dick Brochu told Kennebec Journal:
I really hope it works...It's different. I kind of like it. If you don't like it, I say don't come in, stay away.
One of the employees, Susie Wiley, 23, from Farmington, told Kennebec Journal that she found the job interesting. She has been working in coffee shops since she was a teenager.
She was asked whether she finds the job degrading. She replied:
No, I love it. I find it very empowering, not degrading.
She added that customers have been friendly towards her and other employees. She said men, women, couples from all walks of life have visited the coffee shop and had no problems so far.
There are already other forms of coffee shops in the Northwest. They have bikini baristas and waitresses in coffee shops such as Cow Girls Espresso, Java Girls and in Las Vegas casinos. Also, read this Digital Journal article about bikini cafes.
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