Family group upset over nearly-nude baristas

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 3:21 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- The Spokane Valley City Council heard from members of a newly formed group concerned about nearly nude baristas Tuesday afternoon during their 6:00 p.m. meeting.

The Coalition of Community Values said that they believe the baristas are not wearing enough clothing and the public can see too much from the street. Many plan to speak during Tuesday's city council meeting, even though there was nothing regarding the baristas on their agenda. The public comment section was scheduled for the beginning of the meeting.

The Central Valley School District is also taking steps to keep students further away from the nearly nude baristas. The district changed two of their bus routes to avoid the area. Staff said that the new routes avoid the stretch of Sprague where the espresso stand is located. They added that there were not any kids that live in the area, but the buses were using Sprague to get to some area schools.

The Coalition of Community Values wanted the City to consider the drive-thru coffee hut as adult entertainment.

"We're not asking them to write anything new," said Shelly Clark of the Coalition for Community Values. "We're not proposing any new ordinances or code, we're just asking them to simply enforce what they have already deemed as necessary." 

The owner of Triple X-Treme Espresso told KREM 2 News that she does not think her business is adult entertainment. She met with leaders in Spokane County on Tuesday afternoon. Spokane Valley Community Development Department members told her to only sell coffee only on the back-side of the shop during Topless Tuesdays and Thursdays, when employees wear almost nothing while serving coffee.

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