Bikini brewhaha spills from one community into another


Written by Victoria Hart

It was hard to tell who the drivers were honking at — the young women in bikinis or the ones holding protest signs and a baby.

Both groups were standing on the corner of 19th Avenue and Elm Street Thursday, July 25, waving at cars and trying to get a message across with their handwritten signs.

Not Welcome” abaristasnd “Family Friendly Business?” read two of them.

“Bikini Coffee” and “Bikini Baristas Now Open,” read two others.

The community coffee clash was sparked by the soft opening of Forest Grove’s newest business, Dream Girl Espresso, in the Plaid Pantry parking lot.

DG LLC sells hot and cold drinks with a smile and a side of sexy. In March, it opened its first coffee kiosk in Hillsboro, in a bar parking lot off the main highway, without a peep from the community.

But its second location — on one of Forest Grove’s two main streets, near a residential neighborhood — has drawn more attention than co-owner Leah Sizemore anticipated.

That may be because the baristas’ garb is already changing — from the two-piece bikinis they wore last Thursday, to the stick-on nipple coverings and see-through lace underwear 19-year-old Tori Walker greeted customers with Tuesday. Opponents say the issue is about far more — or, in clothing terms, less—than bikinis.

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