Ballard shop's bare baristas too steamy for some

Ballard shop's bare baristas too steamy for some »Play Video
SEATTLE -- AT 5 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, business is brewing at Knotty Bodies in Ballard.

That's good news for first-time store owner Autumn Novaria.

"We actually try to push a really good product out of here," she said.

But some locals find Novaria's business recipe hard to swallow. It's not the coffee that they're bitter over, but rather the people serving them -- the shop's scantily-clad baristas who sport revealing costumes, including bikinis and lingerie.

The shop has been open for a week, and it's already at the center of a controversy.

"I don't think that place is appropriate for this neighborhood," said resident Kelly Pratt.

Knotty Bodies sits in a neighbor that's also home to a church, a convent and a school. All four share the same corner.

"Ballard typically is fairly tolerant of that thing, but I guess if it's across from a children's playground that makes it a little bit more of an issue," said resident Eric Maisonpierre.

But the shop's owners and customers don't seem too concerned about the issue of the location or the attire of the baristas.
They say some folks will always be steamed over something.

"Don't worry about it, because all you have to do is go to the local beach and you'll see the same thing," said customer Eagle Frederiksen.

"The girls here are more covered up than the girls at the lake," said Novaria. "We don't like to offend people, but at the same time, it's business. And we keep personal beliefs out of business."