There’s quite a bit of hot stuff being served up at a coffee stand in Central Park.
Just off eastbound Highway 12 and sandwiched between 7-Eleven and a medical marijuana dispensary is “Twin Cups,” the Harbor’s first serious foray into the bikini barista niche.
It’s a place that red-blooded guys with a wandering eye — and others — can get a daily “pick-me-up” … and a cup of coffee, too. And the four women that work there definitely fit the definition of “perky,” both literally and figuratively.
Owned by Terry Spurgeon, a trucker and businessman from Hoquiam, “Twin Cups” opened in December after the stand failed as a traditional coffee stand under previous owners.
“It’s going good. Business is good,” said Spurgeon. “I’ve heard some negative comments, but it’s a nice bunch of girls I have working for me — they are a bunck of sweethearts.”
The stand’s barista staff is made up of Rasine Vidmore, 28, of Elma, Lilly Allen, 23, of Aberdeen, Cassy Schroeder, 18, of Hoquiam, and Alexandra Bertucci, 23, also of Elma.
“I don’t have the exact numbers, but approximately, we’re tripling the business,” said Vidmore. “A lot of people don’t know we’re a “lingerie” stand. It’s word of mouth, but it’s traveling.”
The staff says their clientele is about “75 percent” men, “if not more.”
But it’s certainly not exclusive to men, as illustrated by regular customers Francis Fitzpatrick and her 93-year-old mother, Mary Fitzpatrick, who pulled up to “Twin Cups” late Friday morning.
They stop by a couple times a week to get the elder Fitzpatrick her regular order — a double-shot hazelnut latte.
When asked if they had any concerns about the appearance of the stand’s employees, Francis simply scoffed, “Nah,” while her 93-year-old mother deadpanned: “Sometimes I wonder if the girls might get a little bit chilly.”
The baristas understand their sometimes a delicate balancing act with their “attached” customers, so many of their loyal customer “punch cards” are kept on file at the site so clients don’t have to take the possibly incriminating evidence home to their spouses or girlfriends.
While most loyal customers are quite courteous, there are exceptions as the women say the get inappropriately propositioned “every single day.”
“There’s was one guy here last week waving around a hundred dollar bill,” said Vidmore with a roll of her eyes. “We just tell them we’re not one of THOSE stands. We’re not going to have a reputation like THAT.”
Two of the baristas — Schroeder and Bertucci — have boyfriends. Bertucci said her boyfriend is cool with her job because they are secure in their relationship.
“He’s happy. I haven’t had a regular job for a couple of years,” said Bertucci. “It’s good to be a contributing member of society again.”
“He was really weird about it at first,” said Schoeder of her boyfriend. “He’s OK with it now. I told him, ‘I’m JUST making them coffee.’”
Several of the girls, who have worked as baristas at other locations, say the tips are much bigger at this location.
“The tips are fantastic,” said Vidmore. “You’ll sell a guy a $5 drink and they’ll tip you another $5. It’s great.”
Unlike your run-of-the-mill Starbucks, which sizes its drinks with names such as “grande” and “venti,” Twin Cups goes for a simpler classification, selling drinks in sizes A, B, C or DD.
“It’s a sales tool,” Vidmore said. “We sell a lot of large drinks. People want to say “Double-D” because it’s funny.”
As for the negatives, the staff says that very few people say anything to them in person, reserving negative comments for the Twin Cups Facebook page. The women said Spurgeon is excellent about monitoring and deleting most of those from the site on a daily basis.’
“It’s funny to see how the town is reacting,” said Bertucci. “Some people are kind of shocked, but I think this is going to be a big deal.”
The stand is open every day until 6 p.m., opening at 4 a.m. on weekdays. It’s Vidmore who works most of those early-morning shifts, waking at 2:30 in the morning to dress for success.
“”I have people here five minutes after I open,” she said. “Those are some of my most loyal customers, so I’m gonna be here.”