Changes coming to Washington 'sexpresso' stands

Changes coming to Washington 'sexpresso' stands
GORST, Wash. -- Sex sells, and that's especially true in the drive-thru espresso business.

But in Kitsap County, enough complaints came in about the scantily clad baristas that country commissioners laid down the law on some changes.

Managers at a car dealership next to one "sexpresso" stand say they added a row of trees to shield customers from the seeing inside the stand.

Love them or hate them, so-called bikini baristas are here to stay in Kitsap County. But thanks to a newly-passed county ordinance, their bare bottoms and pasty-covered breasts will soon be hidden from public view.

"The general passing public, we were trying to create a barrier that they wouldn't have to see things they've complained about that they didn't want to see," said Heather Adams.

Adams, who works in county planning, said business owners have 60 days to put some sort of screen or barrier at least 8-feet tall outside their stands.

"This is something that I agree with. I don't mind shielding from the people that don't want to see it," said JJ Wilson, who owns two adult espresso stands in Gorst.

Just across the street is Café Europa, which was built there specifically to provide a family friendly alternative.

"You feel much appreciated. All the customers thank you for it," said "family friendly" barista Katrina Haymaker.

Haymaker said she hears from shocked customers all the time.

"(They say) 'Oh my goodness. Thank you. You have clothes on. We went across the street. We didn't know.' "(They are) very surprised," she said.

Also part of the new ordinance, any business that has employees in pasties, g-strings or other states of partial nudity must post a sign warning others that the business is not family friendly.

"I think it will help a lot," Haymaker said. "Because, you know, they drive up and see our sign so at least they'll know not to go there."

And how will the new rule be enforced?

"We're going to assume that they're abiding by the rules until it comes to our attention otherwise, and then it becomes a code enforcement action at that time," Adams said.