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Boardman to take a break from OK’ing vendors

Published: Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.
  Bikini Baristas

Baristas at a new coffee shop in Boardman wear bikinis.

Baristas at a new coffee shop in Boardman wear bikinis.





Township trustees are likely to discuss a temporary moratorium on transient vendor permits — such as the one used to open a coffee shop with bikini-clad servers — at their Monday meeting, says the township administrator.

Administrator Jason Loree said the township isn’t singling out Louis and James Coffee Co., which opened in a trailer last week at the corner of Brookfield Avenue and Market Street.

The idea of a moratorium, he said, came up during discussions about updating the township land-use map, and the township would resume issuing the transient vendor permits when the land-use map is finalized. The permits allow businesses to operate at a temporary location for three months.

“Anyone who already has a permit would still be able to keep it,” Loree said. “... There are actually a lot for people who get the permit to do the door-to-door knocking, and we’re looking to stop all of that.”

An exception would be made for agricultural grocers, such as farmer’s markets, Loree said.

Chris Saloom, 31, of Vienna and his business partner, Mike Murphy, began building the trailer for Louis and James Coffee Co. in April and then began the permitting process with Boardman Township.

Saloom said the only disagreement with Boardman officials was over how far off the road the trailer would rest.

“We don’t know quite yet if will have to move from Boardman. We’re looking for other locations right now; how it’ll work out, I don’t know,” he said.

On Friday, as word of the new business spread, Melissa Morse, 35, one of two baristas working, was busy mixing up a batch of strawberry smoothies and exulting over the 27 customers she already had served before noon.

“Everyone’s been really nice,” she said, wearing a navy blue polka-dot bikini. “We haven’t had any problems. It’s a fun job, everyone’s really easygoing and all of the girls working here get along well.”

Saloom said he has plans to open four or five Louis and James throughout the area by the end of the year. He said neither himself nor Murphy has borrowed any money against the business; instead, they have invested their own funds.

At $100,000 for a trailer and all the equipment it takes to make tea, coffee and smoothies, Saloom said it won’t be cheap. At this point, though, the coffee stand is having success.

“We heard about it yesterday,” said Nick Serra, 24, as he stood sipping on a smoothie while on a break with four of his male co-workers. “So far, so good. I like what I see.”

Morse laughed, and said she had no qualms about wearing a bathing suit to work.

“It’s like anything else: You go to the beach, you wear a bathing suit,” Morse said. “It’s just like being a waitress at a restaurant, except we have a different uniform.”

Both Saloom and Morse said the coffee stand has received no complaints from officials or employees who work at the Akron Children’s Hospital across the street.

“As a matter a fact, we had a guy come from over there yesterday and grab a menu,” Morse said.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Good Luck, will be interesting to see how the bikini's work out in January.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

All Govt. has to do to create jobs is GET OUT OF THE WAY!!! This is a prime example, that cutie is getting paid.

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3ytownsteelman(670 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Can't the trustees revise their map while still issuing the permits? I don't see what the correlation is between issuing permits and revising a map. When the new map is ready then simply put it in effect and annul the old one!

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4harleydog(243 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@ytownsteelman, because they are morons. they are unable to multi-task. Dumb, dumber and dumbest couldn't figure that one out if they tried.

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5peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

aaaaaaaalrighty then!

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6Education_Voter(973 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Uh-huh, yet waitresses have to wear hear nets?

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I think it is better than all the working ladies hanging out at the models and bars out here in paradise.

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8captainlinger(643 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

i'd be afraid to ask her for cream for my coffee!

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9peacelover(817 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Where are all the ultra conservative Christian extreme right wing posters who must certainly denounce these scantily clad young women prancing around in public? Surely it's not right for these ladies to be baring so much skin in public and tempting innocent men now is it?

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10GnomeMad(22 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The only ugly I see here are the comments (and probably the commenters as well). I hope this new business does well -- they're small and won't have a huge impact on the local economy, but every job and every penny of tax revenue counts. More power to'em.

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11WilliamP(70 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Stay classy, Youngstown. Stay classy.

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12NoBS(2314 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Really, Robert??? Wow, you must be a real brave individual.

As soon as the news carried the story about this new idea, I knew the trustees would put the kibosh on it. There's thugs and trash moving into Boardman every day, crime is on the rise, and it's becoming less and less "A Nice Place To Call Home." Yet the trustees focus on a couple of girls selling coffee.

The business owners are wise to be looking for an alternate location.

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13harleydog(243 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Everyone would be smart to move out of Boardman, Darryl, Darryl, and Darryl, (the trustees), will waste their time on this one instead of concentrating on the major problems of Boardman. Is this the best Boardman can come up with?

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14southsidedave(5126 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Whatever floats your boat!

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15CountryGirl51(218 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Hope these girls stay safe ! We all know there are a lot of robberies around and worse ! And yes...what will they do in the winter ? Certainly not wear a bathing suit !

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16truthbtold2u(4 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I wasn't surprised that the local government found an excuse to squash this new business, as America is the biggest hiprocrit nation! We "look down" at sex and drugs, yet this nation has one of the highest rates of violence and addiction (yes, to sex, too!).

The thing that kills me is: It's OK for 16-year-old high school cheerleaders to host car washes where they are hardly dressed, but a business that is creating jobs is not. If you don't like it, don't go. GROW UP!! AREN'T WE SICK OF GOVERNMENT RULING OUR LIVES YET????? IT GETS WORSE AND WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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