Posted On Friday, February 27, 2009 at 03:47:56 AM
You have seen (the fortunate ones), or at least heard of (there’s hope yet) topless bars, but how about topless coffee shops?
Probably the best promotional campaign the popular beverage which could give coffee giants like Starbucks a run for their money, the Grand View Topless Shop in Vassalboro in the northeast US state of Maine threw open its doors for business on Monday, much to the chagrin of some residents.
According to the Kennebec Journal, the coffee shop housed in a log cabin-style building has a sign hung over the front entrance which reads : “Over 18 only”— and another which reads: “No cameras, no touching, cash only”. A man in a white dress shirt keeps watch at the front door.
It further describes a visit to the shop on Tuesday morning, when two men could be seen sipping coffee at their booth, with three topless women, one toples man and the owner Donald Crabtree in a dress shirt and tie. Blue Pyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” seemed to provide the perfect ambience inside.
The two customers, brothers Dick and Rene Brochu of Augusta, ages 60 and 59, has decided to stop by after hearing about the place from friends.
“I really hope it work...I kind of like it. If you don’t like it, I say, don’t come in, stay away,” Dick is quoted by Kennebec Journal as having said.
His brother piqued in, “The evil is in your head.” The coffee shop, on Belfast Avenue, saw over 50 opponents turning up for the Planning Board hearings in January. Nonetheless, town officials said there was nothing they could do to stop Crabtree from opening the business.
The KJ report further informs that on Tuesday, eight customers — all men — stopped by the coffee shop between 10 and 11:15 am and staff members estimated they had between 50 and 60 customers on Monday, despite a snowstorm; of those customers, about eight were women, they said.