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Neighbors complain about bikini fireworks stand
NewsTribune.com ^ | 07/01/09 | MELISSA SANTOS

Posted on 07/02/2009 6:44:47 AM PDT by Daffynition

For many, bikini-clad women and fireworks stands are sure signs that summer is here.

But some Puyallup citizens say the two don’t belong together.

Taking a clue from the area’s proliferation of bikini espresso joints, a stand called Nearly Naked Fireworks opened June 28 on the corner of North Meridian Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast.

Neighbors who live on the north end of downtown Puyallup are not happy. As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of 17 people had contacted Puyallup city officials to complain about the bikini fireworks stand.

One resident, Annie Starwich Claeys, said the main issue is the stand’s close proximity to Grayland Park, a popular destination for parents and their kids. The park is less than a block away from the fireworks stand, which occupies part of a Walt’s Auto Care Center parking lot.

The sign for the business – which reads “Nearly Naked Fireworks” in block letters, flanked by female silhouettes – is particularly offensive, Claeys said.

“We have lots of young families with young children who are walking past that every day to go to the park,” said Claeys, who has three children under 16. “I just don’t think it’s appropriate by a grade school or a park. It’s just tacky.”

Puyallup City Manager Gary McLean said city officials aren’t wild about having the bikini fireworks stand on Meridian, the city’s main thoroughfare. But there aren’t any laws under which the city can regulate the stand or its attention-grabbing sign, he said.

“Simply put, nudity is prohibited, but wearing a bikini is not,” McLean said. “Local governments are not allowed to regulate speech in the private sector, so we can’t censor the name.”

Business owner Rikk Martin said he decided to open the stand this year after noticing the success of coffee stands that employ bikini baristas.

“It seems like it sells coffee – it should sell fireworks,” Martin said Wednesday.

He said he thinks people who are upset about the business are overreacting.

“You see girls dressed as scantily clad as mine at any park you go to,” Martin said. “It’s nothing obscene.”

Outside the stand on Wednesday, one bikini-clad employee stood on the street corner holding a sign that read, “Discount Fireworks.” A few cars honked at her as they drove past.

A sign inside the fireworks tent read, “Don’t be afraid to stare... That’s what there here for [sic].”

One employee, 26-year-old Tiffany Shull, said she was happy to work in a bikini to beat the heat.

“On a day like this, you don’t want to be all geared up,” said Shull, who has an 8-year-old son and studies radiology at Tacoma Community College. “It’s very nice to wear this instead of sweats and a tank.”

Walt’s Auto Care Center, which owns the land the fireworks stand sits on, has received two complaints about the business, said Ken Pierce, a district manager for the auto care chain.

Pierce said enough citizen complaints could cause the company to reconsider whether to approve a lease agreement with Nearly Naked Fireworks next year.

“Any time you get people who are concerned, we take it seriously,” Pierce said.

The fireworks stand will close for the year the evening of July 4. Martin said he’s not sure whether he will open a fireworks stand with the same concept next year.

Steve Shores, another Puyallup resident who wrote the city to complain, said he thinks the fireworks stand gives people a negative image of the community as they drive down Meridian Street.

“It is the gateway to Puyallup,” Shores said. “We need to put our best foot forward there. Are we really doing that?”


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It may be too early in the morning for this...........


JOE BARRENTINE / The News Tribune Tiffany Shull sells fireworks to Earl Jones at the Nearly Naked Firweorks stand in Puyallup Wednesday. Some area residents have raised concerns about the stand.

1 posted on 07/02/2009 6:44:47 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Just good marketing.


2 posted on 07/02/2009 6:47:08 AM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: Daffynition

Not guilty.


3 posted on 07/02/2009 6:47:28 AM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows; JRios1968; lewisglad; numberonepal; martin_fierro

Ping


4 posted on 07/02/2009 6:47:35 AM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Daffynition

Side note...

I wonder how many people know how to pronounce “Puyallup”... :-)


5 posted on 07/02/2009 6:47:35 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Daffynition

Never to early for that, in fact it’s best if you wake up next to it!


6 posted on 07/02/2009 6:48:17 AM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new environmentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: Daffynition
..................but, several rockets have gone up.

Sorry, it's early.

7 posted on 07/02/2009 6:48:18 AM PDT by nufsed (. Stay away and I'll stay here. What else needs to be siad?)
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To: Daffynition

To expand on my previous point:

Bikini clad honies + explosives = good marketing


8 posted on 07/02/2009 6:48:35 AM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: Daffynition

Never, Never, Never too early for THAT!


9 posted on 07/02/2009 6:49:08 AM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Daffynition
Sure, Puyallup. Everyone knows where Puyallup is.

ML/NJ

10 posted on 07/02/2009 6:49:33 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Daffynition
Some area residents have raised concerns about the stand.

Concerns? No. Other things? Yes...

11 posted on 07/02/2009 6:49:53 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (See www.buyingapuppy.com for News on Dogs and Puppies)
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To: Star Traveler

Rhymes with “giddyup”, right?!? ;-P


12 posted on 07/02/2009 6:50:13 AM PDT by MortMan (Power without responsibility-the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Daffynition

It’s never too early in the morning for that...lol


13 posted on 07/02/2009 6:50:57 AM PDT by astounded (The democrat party is a clear and present danger to America.)
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To: Daffynition

They shouldn’t allow a smokin’ woman like that to handle pyrotechnics.


14 posted on 07/02/2009 6:51:09 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Daffynition

Some people just need to get a life


15 posted on 07/02/2009 6:51:43 AM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... the Anti-Reagan)
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To: Star Traveler

I do.I played a job there a couple of years ago.It’s pronounced:”Pee Allup”.It’s owned by an Indian tribe.It’s about an hour from Seattle.Naturally,there is gambling.


16 posted on 07/02/2009 6:52:38 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: MortMan

Okay... as best as I can reconstruct it here... (in print)... it’s “pew-y’all-up”, with emphasis on the second syllable...

But, everyone who lives in that area knows that... :-)


17 posted on 07/02/2009 6:53:06 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
They shouldn’t allow a smokin’ woman like that to handle pyrotechnics

Or in the frozen food section of a grocery store :)

18 posted on 07/02/2009 6:53:11 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Star Traveler
"I wonder how many people know how to pronounce “Puyallup”..."

I have a relative that used to be an exec for Olympia Brewing, and spent a few summers out that way. I'm in the know ;-)

19 posted on 07/02/2009 6:53:12 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Daffynition

They misspelled “they’re” on their sign.

I know, I know... I’ll turn in my Man Card.


20 posted on 07/02/2009 6:53:34 AM PDT by Sloth (The Second Amendment is the ultimate "term limit.")
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To: Daffynition

What’s the big deal? girls dress just as scantily in the mall, in winter. Don’t these people ever go to a beach?

I like the sign on the back wall - “Don’t be afraid to stare, that’s what there(sic) here for”.

Good thing Tiffany is putting her investment in a bad boob job to good use.


21 posted on 07/02/2009 6:53:38 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: bandleader

Well... there apparently may be a slight variation then, from what I know.... but that wouldn’t be unusual, I guess...


22 posted on 07/02/2009 6:54:00 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Daffynition

Naahhhhh ... I’m a morning man, myself .... mornings are just fine.


23 posted on 07/02/2009 6:54:16 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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“We have lots of young families with young children who are walking past that every day to go to the park,” said Claeys, who has three children under 16. “I just don’t think it’s appropriate by a grade school or a park. It’s just tacky.”

Good Lord....they better not ever take their kids to the beach or a water park. The horror !

24 posted on 07/02/2009 6:57:18 AM PDT by Mopp4
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To: Daffynition

I suppose most of their fireworks customers are shopping for torpedoes.


25 posted on 07/02/2009 6:57:23 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Slings and Arrows

WOW! Look at the size of those sparklers!


26 posted on 07/02/2009 6:57:48 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: Daffynition
Complaining about Bikini clad hotties with either:


27 posted on 07/02/2009 6:57:50 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Daffynition

Lit up my sparkler

28 posted on 07/02/2009 6:57:51 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: texmexis best

Is that a bottle rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me.


29 posted on 07/02/2009 6:58:00 AM PDT by sleddogs
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To: Daffynition

I fully embrace this form of capitalisim. Or... I would like to embrace it. A few times.


30 posted on 07/02/2009 6:59:33 AM PDT by FreedomFerret
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To: Star Traveler

Pronounce “Willamette”, “Scappoose”, “Sequim”, “Hoquiam”, “Deschutes”, and “Tualatin” correctly, and I’ll know you’re from the PNW.


31 posted on 07/02/2009 7:00:21 AM PDT by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: Daffynition; dixiechick2000
this is ridiculous.....looks tasteful enough..sorta tan Raphael

those folks whining sound like some freepers who shall remain nameless

but you know who u are...lol

(not either of u)

32 posted on 07/02/2009 7:00:48 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: bandleader

I’ve never heard it pronounced that way before. Star Traveler had it right.


33 posted on 07/02/2009 7:01:53 AM PDT by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: Daffynition
Puyallup (Pew-al-up) has more important things to worry about. I've always thought it as something of a dump. When the lahar arrives, it may be an improvement.
34 posted on 07/02/2009 7:02:50 AM PDT by stormer
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To: thecabal

Bingo...

They usually lose at Willamette... :-)


35 posted on 07/02/2009 7:03:11 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Daffynition

Cantaloupes for breakfast! Never too early for that.


36 posted on 07/02/2009 7:03:33 AM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Daffynition
“It is the gateway to Puyallup,” Shores said. “We need to put our best foot forward there. Are we really doing that?”

Best FOOT? Maybe, maybe not. I can't see her feet.

37 posted on 07/02/2009 7:04:30 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Daffynition

If he needs a spot for next year’s stand, he can use my front lawn, free of charge.


38 posted on 07/02/2009 7:04:36 AM PDT by MountainDad
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To: Daffynition

More evidence please


39 posted on 07/02/2009 7:04:56 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Job 19:25 As for me, I know my Redeemer lives.)
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To: Star Traveler

Heh heh...every time.


40 posted on 07/02/2009 7:05:45 AM PDT by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: thecabal; bandleader

You said — I’ve never heard it pronounced that way before. Star Traveler had it right.

Yeah, I think what I’m saying is right, too — but — what the other poster said can be what a person “hears” and is actually a “fast slurring” of what I printed...

Try it, and you’ll get that other pronunciation...

If a person really isn’t familiar with the right pronunciation, they may think that this “fast slurring” is right...


41 posted on 07/02/2009 7:05:59 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Daffynition

I’d hit it and light it up....


42 posted on 07/02/2009 7:06:10 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Daffynition

Guess they’ve never been to a city swimming pool?


43 posted on 07/02/2009 7:06:40 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: thecabal

Sequim is pronounced “skwim”

Hoquiam is pronounced “ho - kwee - um” emphasis on the first syllable.

Some locals pronounce Hoquiam “ho - kee - um”, emphasis still on first syllable.


44 posted on 07/02/2009 7:07:20 AM PDT by ReluctantDragon
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To: thecabal

Humptulips, Pe Ell, Cle Elum, Manastash, Umptanum, Shi Shi, and my personal favorite, Yachats.


45 posted on 07/02/2009 7:07:59 AM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Can’t believe I forgot Yachats. That’s a good one. :)


46 posted on 07/02/2009 7:10:58 AM PDT by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: Daffynition

its only too early if it gets the thread pulled before i get here :)


47 posted on 07/02/2009 7:12:34 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: Mopp4; All

I’m getting sick and tired of busybodies regardless of political affiliation using Children for their own nanny state desires..


48 posted on 07/02/2009 7:12:44 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: Daffynition; JRios1968; Old Sarge

USELESS WITHOUT PICTURES, THIS THREAD IS.

49 posted on 07/02/2009 7:13:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Daffynition

Scantily clad young women and things that go boom....they certainly have their finger on the pulse of the male audience!


50 posted on 07/02/2009 7:14:01 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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