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Bikini-Themed Coffee Shop Temporarily Shutdown

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LAUREL, Del. - A new coffee shop in Laurel is causing a stir over its bikini-wearing baristas. The coffee shop, called Muggs N' Juggs, opened on the corner of routes 9 and 13 Sunday.  But Wednesday, it was closed by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

According to Tommie Kush, the store owner, the repairs ordered by the DHSS are quick and easy.  He believes he will be able to reopen on Thursday morning. The Health Department did not comment on the exact details of the case, but said that the store will have to wait until it gets approval from agency before it can reopen.

Kush said he is frustrated by the delay.

"They're just doing their job," he said. "I understand that. But I talked to them about a month ago and I told them exactly every drink I have and told them everything I was doing. And they said they didn't even need to inspect it. I don't need a permit or nothing cause there's no food involved,"  

But now the situation has changed and the department is conducting a full investigation into his actions. But Kush said he will apply for a temporary 14 day permit that he believes will permit him to open by Thursday.

The Health Department said that it is possible the shop is open by Thursday, but only if the owner get's the application approved in time. That would be good news for Kimberly Young, who is one of the baristas at Muggs N Juggs.

"I'm a single mother of two," she said. "And I don't get any state assistance or any help financially from others. And so my income is from my jobs."

Many in town are talking about the new coffee shop.  Ruth Lecates was inside the Shell Station at Laurel Junction.

"I don't like it when you drive by and the girl is laying on the hood of the car trying to get business up there," she said. "I don't - I don't think it's appropriate."

Lecates said that her main concern is that children, like her grandchild will see the store and be influenced by it.

"School is gonna be starting soon, she said. "You're going to be having kids on the bus riding by there. Kids - Little kids should not have to see that."

 

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