The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, in tiny Vassalboro, held its grand opening. Obey the signs:
“Over 18 only.”
“No cameras, no touching, cash only.”
Waitron Susie Wiley, 23, has worked in coffee shops since she was a teen. She took a job at the Grand View because it is "something different."
She feel exploited?
“No, I love it. I find it very empowering, not degrading,” she told the Kennebec Journal this morning, adding that customers had been “completely respectful.”
“We’ve had men, women, couples — all walks of life,” she said.
Brothers Dick and Rene Brochu (ages 60 and 59) came over from Augusta today to check out the coffee after hearing about the joint from friends.
"I really hope it works," Dick Brochu said. "It's different. I kind of like it. If you don't like it, I say don't come in, stay away."
No reviews about the coffee.
The town's planning board unanimously approved the coffee shop last month.
"I say, bring the money in," resident Kevin Goodrich said. "People need jobs and it's a good place to go. The economy's not very good right now, so why not do it?"
Down the road in Connecticut, dueling Hartford Courant columnists kick around the topless issue from male and female perspectives.
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