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Bikini stand stirs coffee, controversy

Alexsis Ash, 21, stirs two hot chocolates on Friday at Kisses Espresso coffee stand on Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The employeess at the stand wear swimwear while on shift, year-round. (Jake Parrish / Coeur d'Alene Press)
Alexsis Ash, 21, stirs two hot chocolates on Friday at Kisses Espresso coffee stand on Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The employeess at the stand wear swimwear while on shift, year-round. (Jake Parrish / Coeur d'Alene Press)

It might be December, but at Kisses Espresso, it's always swimsuit weather. The baristas who work at the former Pink Spot drive-up coffee stand, located at 3023 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene, have somewhat unusual uniforms — bikinis. Except for Workout Wednesdays. Then it's yoga pants and sports bras. "You can't have a stand like this and expect to be accepted by everyone," owner Jeffrey Middleton said Friday afternoon. "There are people who pull up who are surprised, but they're usually really nice"/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I rarely buy my coffee at a stand because I don't like to wait in a line with engine running. I consider it a waste of gas. If I did buy my coffee at a stand, I doubt that I would frequent this one. Coffee and bikinis? Nah. Thoughts?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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