Racy Coffee Shop Perks Up Pasadena

Java Divas hot coffee business booming

By Ambrose Vurnis
|  Thursday, Dec 31, 2009  |  Updated 6:53 AM EDT
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One day, they may be dressed like a naughty nurse.  The next day, they could be dressed in Daisy Dukes.  It's different racy outfits for different themes each day at a new place of business in Pasadena, Md.

Now before you jump to any conclusions, this place also serves coffee and baked goods.

Drive-thru coffee shops where the employees wear revealing outfits are popular in many parts of the country, except on the East Coast.  But Brandy McMillion opened such a place, called Java Divas, six weeks ago on Ritchie Highway.

"My husband and I saw this on the Travel Network about a year and a half ago," she said.  "It looked cute and fun.  Unfortunately, he lost his job and we thought maybe we should go for it."

Today was Cowgirl Day at the shop.  There is also a Bikini Day, School-Girl Day and Fantasy Day, just to name a few.

Even though 75 percent of their customers are men, McMillion said women who have stopped by like what they've seen.

"One of our first customers was a female and she was shocked and asked what was with the outfits," she said.  "We told her we are a costume coffee shop, and she said she liked the idea. Go for it."

The risque theme doesn't stop with the outfits.  There are no ventis here.  Drinks are available in B, C, and D-Cup sizes.

McMillion is a mother of two and a trauma nurse in Baltimore.  She and her staff of four serve coffee to the masses from a small, fixed-up trailer located in a gas station parking lot.  Business has been good.

"Every day, we see more and more business," she said.  "We have more and more customers each day.  This area needed some coffee.  A drive-thru is perfect for this area and business is picking up nicely."

So nicely, there has been talk of expansion already.  Owners of car lots and gas stations are offering space to McMillion on their property.  It might be a financial boon for them.  The owner of the gas station next to Java Divas has seen his sales rise 15 percent since the shop opened.

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