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August 2, 2010

Java Divas has baristas in bikinis (and other outfits)

Lindsay Krebs is one of the Java Divas

On the side of Ritchie Highway in sunny, beautiful Pasadena, there's a little gray coffee shack called Java Divas.

It's a drive-thru coffee shop with beans roasted by Caffe Pronto in Annapolis, snowballs and all-natural smoothies.

Oh, and all the baristas are young women in skimpy outfits. Seriously.

Here's my story on Java Divas, which ran in today's paper. And here's a photo gallery of three of the divas.

The whole bikini barista idea isn't anything new. Shops like Java Divas are all over the west coast, in states like Washington ...

Java Divas owner Brandy McMillion (I love that last name) saw a special on the Travel Channel and decided to open one of her own. 

Java Divas opened last November, and is doing better than McMillion originally imagined. Her husband, Billl, built the little shop, and they leased the land from a gas station. The owner of the gas station said business has been up by something like 20 percent since Java Divas opened.

Of course, Java Divas has its skeptics. But McMillion hasn't gotten any complaints, and the customers I talked to were loving it. I didn't try any, but I heard the coffee's great. 

(Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:42 AM | | Comments (10)
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AH HA, so now we know why you had to run back to Pasadena three times for a "story". Niiiiiiice.

I suggest the next Midnight Sun meet-up should be at Java Divas. LOL

Please post Lindsey Krebs' schedule. I'd rather avoid the place when the other Divas are working.

Is this the Angel's Rock Bar farm team?

I bet the research for this one was a [female dog].

@bowchikabowwow -- Haha I think you've got the best commenter name yet. Actually, I only went to Java Divas twice -- the first time to talk to the employees/owner, and the second to talk to the customers. The third time I went to the surrounding neighborhood to see what people thought of it.


Shrug. I've been to Chicka Latte and Espresso Gone Wild in the Seattle area, both of which seem to be doing pretty well. However, both places have excellent coffee products, which I think is a prerequisite for Java Divas as well if this is going to be more then just the latest, short lived, T&A gimmick.

Sam, how do you explain the five other trips you made?

I will definitely go to whatever this place is and buy whatever it is they are selling (I kind of zoned out on the details of the article).

@JTk -- One, Two, Four ...

Three, sir

Three

Awesome staff, great coffee, great prices... Keep up the great job Brandy and open more. Don't waste the opportunity to expand... If I had the money to invest I would be doing the same... ;)

Cheers!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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