Radio host interviews ‘Knotty Bodies’ barista

KIRO radio host Dori Monson gave himself a tough assignment: interviewing a bikini-clad barista at Ballard’s brand new “Knotty Bodies” coffee stand. Knotty Bodies opened on 15th Ave. on Saturday, only to be closed Sunday after convenience store clerk Manish Melwani was killed just a few feet away.

Dori asks about the shooting as well as why the shop is using skin as a selling point. “Granted, we’re using our bodies to sell coffee, and that sells,” says Amber, a barista. “If these stands were in Vegas or California, nobody would even think twice. But since they’re here in Seattle, people freak out about them. Or they love them.” Amber said that they discovered a note on their window “from the church across the street saying our kind isn’t welcome here,” and she admitted that business is a little slow so far.

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super_v
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super_v

:::shiver:::

royhobbs
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royhobbs

This guy is an idiot. You know what? I've been a Ladro customer for the past 8 years. I'll be visiting this stand for the next week to try to counterbalance this moron.

/Head asplode
//Don't like it? Don't stop by! It is called…wait for it…freedom.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Business is slow? Wow, who would've thought?

BTown
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BTown

Cups, the lingerie coffee place, and not a bikini place… I'm holding out until we have topless coffee.

AG
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AG

The church left *a note on a window*? What a perfectly pissy, passive-aggressive thing to do. I'm with royhobbs — even though my regular coffee place is elsewhere, I intend to throw these guys some business strictly as a gesture of support from a straight girl who doesn't care one way or the other about what my household refers to as “boobie-girls coffee” but who *really* dislikes hypocritical, cowardly behavior.

A freakin' note. “WWJD” indeed.

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Well, St. Al's is not just the church, it is a grade school as well. I'm not sure if I had a little girl attending St. Al's that it's the message I'd want to send her, that “sex sells” (why, yes it does, as we all know) and that cute girls in bikinis get big tips from men. I'm not sure I'd want a Hooters across from a grade school, either. And, they have freedom of speech as well- that sword cuts both ways.

I doubt I'll be patronizing this place, not for any moral reason, but because as a straight woman, it holds no allure, and it's not on my way to anywhere. Plus, I'm pretty sure that by appealing strictly to men as eye candy, the prices for that latte are probably higher than Tully's.

jm
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jm

I quit listening to him years ago. I like Dave Ross.

Chris Cliff
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LOL… Love how the shot that is displayed for the video has him looking at her chest!

Silver
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I noticed that too. (Snicker)

At least the shot got their hours in the background. I'm impressed by anybody that can get to work that early! And with make up on??

Another straight girl that will buy a support cup. (oh – bra joke included, free of charge!)

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I just moved here from CA and I can tell you this would NOT be acceptable there either.

eric
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eric

yes a scolding from the church across the street (in note form) is pretty annoying.

personally i think these places are silly – i do enjoy how woeked up some people get over a human in a bathing suit though. you know, there are tons of people in bikinis at golden gardens, careful.

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I doubt very much that the note was from the church. St. Al's is a pretty conservative parish, but as a whole Catholics are not too freaked out by bikinis and as hierarchical as they are, if they wanted to object, it would be with a formal letter or visit from a leader at the church, not an anonymous note left on a window.

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JDballard

I'm trying to make sense of the name Knotty Bodies. I get the “naughty” reference, but am I missing why it's spelled knotty? I picture them with hard wood like trunks with big knots. It's not so sexy.

I am going to swing by this morning JUST BECAUSE of the note left on her car.

cynicali
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cynicali

I think “side-boob coffee” would be a better name. Aside from being true, it makes more sense than all of this knottyness.

I don't understand the outrage these coffee stands create. It seems as though every time a new one opens you hear the same ridiculous arguments. So the baristas are all femakle and relatively scantily clad, why is this bothersome? How is this different than selling ice cream at the beach in a bikini?

Beyond that though, why are we afraid to talk to children about our bodies? Why do we assume that kids are going to immediately think “sex!” when they see a barista in a tube-top? And really, why is no one concerned about the dangers of hot espresso machines against young nubile flesh?

ok, so that last question was less of a question and more of a.. well..

/i need coffee.

frelardgirl
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I don't understand what the big deal is? If your at the beach or a wading pool women are walking around in bikini's, but it's not ok for them to do so in an enclosed coffee place? I have a daughter and don't have a problem with this. I think people need to loosen up and relax a little. They aren't naked or prostituting, they are selling coffee for the love of…..

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I thought we were a “pro-choice” community? Except of course when it comes to educational choices or apparently coffee stands. Against them? Do NOT even go near them. Simple isn't it. But if somebody was caught having sex in a park in front of kids we'd get the obligatory BS about how prudish we are as Americans, and that we need to be “more like Europe”. Gag me. Can't have it both ways. Are they breaking any laws? Do they have a license? Courage? Isn't this also part of freedom? I can say immasculation too. I guess it just depends on what “is is” huh? Just pretend she's Monica Ballard libs.

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jds73

Can someone comment on:
a) the prices (cheap/average/expensive?)
b) the quality of coffee/preparation?

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I'm going to second this post… there's no way St. Al's really left an anonymous note. Especially one that said “your kind isn't welcome.” This was an attempt to get church haters to come on out and support bikini coffee.

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Tastyviddles

I don't care for them for a few reasons:
a) I worry about them burning themselves! Ouch!
b) In Everett, they have these bikini/lingerie stands all over the place. On more than one occasion, a car has STOPPED in the middle of the street when they see said bikini/lingerie clad women, to turn into said coffee stand. It's not the baristas' fault, but come on idiots! Quit almost creating an accident because you see boobs!

I like that “knotty” is off the street far enough not to see. I don't like it, so I won't go there. Doesn't bother me a bit that other people will go there. JUst as long as they don't stop in the middle of the street nearly causing a collision because they see boobies.

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I live down the block. I'm kind of a coffee snob. I generally don't drink espresso because I find drip more satisfying and of course higher in caffine. Further cream is for sauces, not bastardizing such a miraclulous thing like the coffee bean. At any rate, their drip coffee was really good with a shot in it. I tried a triple americano when they were out of drip and it was pretty good. The thing worth note about the americano is that I took quit a while to finish it and it didn't get that bitter, oxidized taste that espresso can sometimes aquire over time. My only knock is the girls like to call customers “sweetie” or other cute terms that I suppose is typical in these types of operations — it's a little degrading; I'm married; I don't care if you're a butt-naked, super-hottie, I'm only my wife's “sweetie”. From the girls I just want good service & good coffee — for those two things, they are successful.

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girlnextdoor

Sign up another straight girl for some joe. I'll even bring my boyfriend cuz coffee and ladies are two of his favorite things!

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A.

I'm all for the bikini coffee stand (and I'm a straight gal) but does anyone think this might be kind of a sucky location for it!? I personally wouldn't go within 20 ft of the Pit Stop in a bikini… it's a gas station parking lot frequented by homeless people buying 40s in paper bags… not to mention the recent crime spree (RIP). I've been eye-effed by creepers in that parking lot even with a winter coat on…

I just hope those scantily clad baristas carry pepper-spray or know some serious kung-fu… Good luck girls!

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ballardrocksnow

Some friendly advice. Don't ever say “I just moved here from CA” in these parts.

Geeky Swedes
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I had to move down to CA for a six month contract job. While there I totalled my car and bought a new one. In the couple months I had it here before getting WA plates it got spit on three times. I'm not from CA, but I still have never been able to wrap my head around the CA hate. I guess it's just racist/xenophobic fear and blame the “others” because our people could never do any wrong.
When I was in California I found that a lot of my coworkers, if not a majority, were from somewhere else, and I never heard a peep of complaint from the 'natives'. Even when traffic was bad or the surf lineup got crowded, nobody would talk smack about people from somewhere else being the problem or people to look down on.