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    Coffee and Boobs

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    It's a tough time for businesses, but one entrepreneur may have found the recipe for success.

    On Monday, Donald Crabtree opened Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine, where the waiters and waitresses serve their customers topless.

    In a town with fewer than 4,500 residents, the topless coffee shop is booming with business. Paul Crabtree, the owner's brother, describes business so far as "fantastic."

    "It's just been crowds mobbing in," he said.

    Donald Crabtree faced initial opposition to his plan, but he won the right to go ahead in a planning board hearing last week. Many local residents were irate over the idea of combining coffee and nudity. Crabtree, however, saw a profitable business venture.
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    "I know what people want," he said. "People like nudity, and coffee is profitable. Sure, I'd start a coffee shop, but I'd be out of work in a week."

    The flood of job applications -- more than 150 -- for Grand View Topless Coffee Shop reflected the rough job market.

    Crabtree hired 10 women and five men under stringent requirements, including friendliness and, what he considered most important, that the wait staff "treat everyone equally." Watch townspeople, employees talk about coffee shop

    "We didn't hire '10s,' " he said, referring to appearance. "We hired everyone from skinny to big-boned women."

    Of the 15 selected, most had been laid off from other jobs in the past few months.

    Elvis Thompson of Brunswick, for example, was a line cook at a restaurant before he lost his job. "They couldn't afford me anymore," he said.

    He said he doesn't mind fielding interesting requests from customers.

    "An 80-year-old woman told me she wanted to see me in spandex," Thompson said. "I just feel really lucky to have a job. I need the money so I can pay my rent."

    Ginni Labree from Palermo, Maine, said she applied to several restaurants before being hired at the Grand View. All the restaurants declined to hire her because of her lack of experience.

    "I'm so excited, so excited to have a job," she said.

    The coffee shop jobs are paying off. One waitress received a $100 tip for a cup of coffee, and most of the wait staff make about $30 a table.

    Although the topless coffee shop has been open less than a week, Crabtree said he is already seeing regulars. Customers include a variety of individuals, but mainly couples and females.

    He also sees his new business venture as a temporary fix for customers struggling through tough economic times.

    "The economy is so bad," Crabtree said, "Everyone's losing their homes, their ties, everything they own. People leave here happy and can't wait to come back. It's nice to see people smile again."
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    The US coffee shop originally made headlines after it upset locals when it opened in 2009, with customers served by semi-nude male and female staff.

    Despite considerable opposition from locals the shop stayed open until now, when officials ruled its owner Donald Crabtree had been putting up signs illegally.

    'I wanted to have some fun; I wanted to see people smile,' Mr Crabtree told the Maine Morning Sentinel.

    'I started the topless coffee shop to do that, and it did. But now my smile's gone.
    Donald Crabtree (right) the owner of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop (Pic: AP) Donald Crabtree (right) the owner of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop (Pic: AP)

    'I've fought that fight for more than two years now and no matter how hard I try to make this work, somebody sabotages me.

    'These people are bound and determined to shut you down. I'm singled out, but I'm just trying to make a living like everyone else.'

    Town officials ruled Mr Crabtree’s signs which declared ‘boobies wanted’ violated zoning rules.

    The controversial coffee shop suffered a difficult couple of years since its opening and was burnt to the ground in an arson attack in June 2009.

    It was the threat of legal action over his signs and adverts for a nude car wash, however, that finally caused Mr Crabtree to close the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop.

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    Why would anyone want to close down such an awesome place . I'm sorry I never got to go. And just figured that I would share that people in the US do have good ideas still.


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    American perverts will never cease to amaze me.
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    i wanna go to that coffee shop
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    I didn't even Get to Go

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    60 year old women walks up to wait on you, "AHH HELL NAH".

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    they proably copied the idea from playboy to show yourself freely in public



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    but... i like coffee, and boobs
    Gotta love you Americans and your 'creativity'

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    Lol wow, sounds.. interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspired View Post
    I didn't even Get to Go
    I'm sure strip clubs will sell you coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I'm sure strip clubs will sell you coffee
    Nope. Sorry only 40's.

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