Skip to comments.Neighbors complain about bikini fireworks stand
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 dont belong together.
Taking a clue from the areas 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 stands 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 Walts 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 dont think its appropriate by a grade school or a park. Its just tacky.
Puyallup City Manager Gary McLean said city officials arent wild about having the bikini fireworks stand on Meridian, the citys main thoroughfare. But there arent 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 cant 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. Its 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, Dont be afraid to stare... Thats 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 dont want to be all geared up, said Shull, who has an 8-year-old son and studies radiology at Tacoma Community College. Its very nice to wear this instead of sweats and a tank.
Walts 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 hes 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?
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.
Just good marketing.
I wonder how many people know how to pronounce “Puyallup”... :-)
Never to early for that, in fact it’s best if you wake up next to it!
Sorry, it's early.
To expand on my previous point:
Bikini clad honies + explosives = good marketing
Never, Never, Never too early for THAT!
Concerns? No. Other things? Yes...
Rhymes with “giddyup”, right?!? ;-P
It’s never too early in the morning for that...lol
They shouldn’t allow a smokin’ woman like that to handle pyrotechnics.
Some people just need to get a life
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.
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... :-)
Or in the frozen food section of a grocery store :)
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 ;-)
They misspelled “they’re” on their sign.
I know, I know... I’ll turn in my Man Card.
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.
Well... there apparently may be a slight variation then, from what I know.... but that wouldn’t be unusual, I guess...
Naahhhhh ... I’m a morning man, myself .... mornings are just fine.
Good Lord....they better not ever take their kids to the beach or a water park. The horror !
I suppose most of their fireworks customers are shopping for torpedoes.
WOW! Look at the size of those sparklers!
is just crazy talk I say...crazy talk!!
Lit up my sparkler
Is that a bottle rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me.
I fully embrace this form of capitalisim. Or... I would like to embrace it. A few times.
Pronounce “Willamette”, “Scappoose”, “Sequim”, “Hoquiam”, “Deschutes”, and “Tualatin” correctly, and I’ll know you’re from the PNW.
those folks whining sound like some freepers who shall remain nameless
but you know who u are...lol
(not either of u)
I’ve never heard it pronounced that way before. Star Traveler had it right.
They usually lose at Willamette... :-)
Cantaloupes for breakfast! Never too early for that.
Best FOOT? Maybe, maybe not. I can't see her feet.
If he needs a spot for next year’s stand, he can use my front lawn, free of charge.
More evidence please
Heh heh...every time.
You said — Ive 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...
I’d hit it and light it up....
Guess they’ve never been to a city swimming pool?
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.
Humptulips, Pe Ell, Cle Elum, Manastash, Umptanum, Shi Shi, and my personal favorite, Yachats.
Can’t believe I forgot Yachats. That’s a good one. :)
its only too early if it gets the thread pulled before i get here :)
I’m getting sick and tired of busybodies regardless of political affiliation using Children for their own nanny state desires..
USELESS WITHOUT PICTURES, THIS THREAD IS.
Scantily clad young women and things that go boom....they certainly have their finger on the pulse of the male audience!
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