Are “Sexy” Baristas Now Serving Woodinville? Owner Says No

It was as short lived experiment says the owner of Java Girls and by Tuesday, the baristas went back to wearing regular clothes.


When economic times get tough, sometimes a barista needs to show some skin, according to coffee stand owner, Jovanna Edge who operates the Java Girls (formerly ) in Woodinville. In an interview with Woodinville Patch Wednesday morning, Edge was quick to put a stop to rumors that her baristas at the stand in Woodinville’s Tourist District were wearing lingerie.

“They did wear costumes for a short time, but we stopped yesterday,” Edge said. “And they never wore lingerie, it was tube tops and short shorts.”

That’s not how the barista’s outfit was describe to the Woodinville City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting when resident Monica Keating complained about the coffee stand’s new barista attire.

The women working in the stand were wearing “leopard print, skimpy lingerie that borders on indecent,” according to Monica Keating about the “hot barista” coffee stand. The stand, at 14575 148th Ave NE, is in the Apple Farm Village retail center in the heart of the city’s wine tourist district.

Jack Gunderson, owner of the Jack’s Used Equipment which is adjacent to the stand, said Tuesday night he objected to the sandwich board signs that read, “hot barista” and had an illustration of red lips. “I’ve always let them have their sign on my property but if they don’t change it, I’ll remove it,” he said.

A check by Patch at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, found the sign changed and the barista wearing jeans and a hoody, and standing close to the portable heater to take the edge off the 30 degree temperature outside.

Edge didn’t want to say why she dropped the “costumed” barista from the Woodinville stand (her coffee stand in Monroe continues to have baristas in skimpy, cowgirl costumes, her stand is Redmond is family friendly), but accurately pointed out that she was not breaking any laws. Woodinville does not have any ordinances regarding scantily-clad baristas.

“I’m just a girl who owns coffee stands and is trying to come up with very expensive rent in a bad economy,” she said. “People skewed things, it’s crazy.”

colleen January 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
The market decided.
colleen January 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
"she had she would have quit and I would have supported her. That's another thing that's nice about our free economy" NOT EVERY GIRL HAD A DAD LIKE YOU!!!!!!!
michele January 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
There were no laws broken here, just to clarify. I think it's only fair that the owner post she has "skimpy" dressed workers so people can decide & the owner can figure out if that works or not for business. We dont know if the owner would fire girls if they didn't wear outfits. Is Red Hook considered family friendly? How about St Michelle? Lots of wine in this town, now I have to explain to my kids about wine & why there is so much in this town. Drunk people are not family friendly. Sometimes my waitress shows me too much boob, anyone complaining here about that?
Brenda Vanderloop January 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
No matter the motivation on this issue....I give the residents of the Woodinville community two thumbs up for showing interest, getting involved and taking a stand. An active voice pushes action.
Sarah C February 10, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I was a "frequent visitor" of Java to Go back in the fully clad days. I initially stopped going because the owner was never consistent with her business hours, and I could never rely on her being open, period. From speaking with her baristas, she never treated her employees with much respect, which most likely explains why she couldn't keep the stand "manned." Sounds like Edge needs to work on her management skills first, and maybe she wouldn't have to resort to bikinis and cheap thrills to get business. She lost my business way before the bras and bikinis came about. And yes, they were bras. I am a customer of Gretchen Scott Salon, and saw the "costume" with my own eyes. I think that retail space would be perfect for a professional, friendly, reliable coffee stand, like Mercury's.


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