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Bikini-Bearing Baristas Battle Bureaucrats Who Claim They're ...

•, by Tyler Durden

Welcome to 'Grab'n'Go' Bikini Hut - a coffee shop in Washington State that offers coffees, teas(e), and other hot liquids made by bikini-clad baristas.

The city of Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle, is home to numerous bikini barista espresso stands, where servers dressed in everything from tasteful two-piece swimsuits to pasties and G-strings serve up lattes and Americanos at a drive-thru window.

But these successful entrepreneurs - having found an angle that differentiates them from your ubiquitous Starbucks numbness - face being shut down by local officials who are set to tighten the city's regulations on what constitutes lewd behavior and push to institute a dress code that bans employees from wearing bikinis or showing too much bare skin.

Jovanna Edge, who co-owns five "Hillbilly Hotties" stands, denies that any illegal activity is encouraged and balks at the city's claim that the stands -- with prices comparable to Starbucks -- attract crime or demean women.

She added that without the bikinis, the baristas would not make as much money as they do.

"My business generates more money than a regular, non-bikini-barista, stand because my employees express themselves through their manner of dress," Edge said.

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