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Cottleville Coffee Controversy Comes With Skimpy Clothes

12:31 PM, Jan 18, 2008   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus Just outside of St. Peters in Cottleville, Mo., a new drive-thru is being built. It's a place where you'll be able to get your coffee any way you like it, but that's not what makes this place unique. The thing that makes it different than any other coffee house in the St. Louis is the uniform, or lack there of. Java Girls is what's known in Seattle as a "sexpresso". "The easiest way to describe it would be a cross between Starbucks and Hooters," explains Greg Beyer, one of the owners. It’s a coffee shop where your cup of joe comes with a shot of eye candy. "When I worked in a bar, I wasn't wearing an itty bitty top, but you wear something that's obviously attractive. That's how you get your tips," says one of the baristas, Jessica Unruh. You can also get a bagel with a side of bare skin. "Our main outfit is like a school girl outfit, a plaid skirt with a top," Beyer goes on to describe. But as you might have imagined, Java Girls is opening it's doors with a few objections. "This is not the place for that type of operation," says Ed Schultz, the owner of a neighboring business that caters to kids. "We had to prove ourselves for four years to the parents that we were worthy of them allowing their children to come to our establishment," Schultz said. "We reached that stage and now this comes in. We've already had parents tell s they're not coming back to our facility as long as this is around." It looks like Ed won't be stopping by for a smoothie, but some customers probably will. For the record, even the owner's mother gives it her stamp of approval. "My mom's the seamstress who made all the outfits for the girls," Beyer says. Of course, they are uniforms the owners have no intention of ever putting on, but chances are it will attract some customers. And in the age of the almighty dollar, attracting customers is what it’s all about. Java Girls is on Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville and the phone number there is 636-922-2676.

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