GUEST AUTHOR: ‘Maybe It’s Just Me’ in Monte

People send me stuff all the time. Some of it’s interesting. Some of it’s not. This observation from a Montesano resident and business owner raises some interesting questions:

Hot Espresso

Driving down to the river today, to go running with my dog I noticed the new sign for “Hot Shots Expresso”.  Maybe it is just me, maybe I am just and old fashioned old man that has seen to many things go bad and am too skeptical. Maybe not, This tacky a** sign suggests a bikini barista stand.

I know that it is not but the suggestion is there. Is this the new direction for our town ? How about a marijuana pot shop and a porno toy store for the tourists ? Could easily be next.

Is Montesano selling it’s soul for the tourist buck? Tourism money only benefits the few business owners, including law offices. Tourism will degrade the quality of life for the residents. Am I the only one that thinks that, is it just me ?

The citizens of this town need to get involved before this town losses the value of a quiet small town. Once gone it will not come back.

~ Thursday Next

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24 thoughts on “GUEST AUTHOR: ‘Maybe It’s Just Me’ in Monte

  1. Wow apparently this guest author is not from Montesano . Hot Shots Espresso has been a long standing business in Montesano for very long time. They were recently forced out of their original business location, and with the grace of Stormy they were able to put together a new plan and a fantastic new location. Not only is it a great building it gave the business an opportunity to allow walk in visitors for business. This business relocation had nothing to do with the Mayor, nor the town actually but the forceful eviction from their original long standing location that had a lot of regular customers. I find this type of attack on a long-standing business appalling. it is one thing to go after someone politically, but to go after a business that has been an employer, paying city taxes for longer than many other businesses in town just down right terrible.

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  2. I am quite certain my reading comprehension is at least equivalent to a five year old, maybe even better. This guys article was a slam on the sign and suggestive name. That is it. Nothing negative ” attack like” about the business itself at all. Read to me that he is just concerned about a sign and name that would be more appropriate on HWY 99 in Federal Way and genuinely concerned about future business ventures in town. The author should be praised for his kind concern about the city, and give appreciation to Brian for his fine regard to a fine local business.

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    1. You are wrong, Mary Stevens. The sign suggests that the coffee is hot. They are served in shots. The name of her stand has been the same for years. There is nothing lewd or suggestive about it, of course it could be misconstrued (If your mind is in the gutter…) as you also have certainly taken it in a negative direction. Your interpretation of his article is lacking. He should put the paper away and retire his pen. Without new businesses Montesano will die, My mother worked at the Bee Hive 57 years ago and the place was booming. The sign is very cute. Would you all rather a 6′ X 10′ double sided neon blinking sign? Perhaps I will start a collection for Cindy.

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      1. Nothin’ judgmental here, folks. No siree, Bob! So kindly let us know how that collection’s goin’. We may kick in. Right after we get back from holding hands around the campfire and singing Kum By Yah.

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  3. If I were in control of a blog such as this, I believe I would do a little investigating before I printed a “guest author’s” piece of work, that is, if I had any concern about the validity of its content. First of all, I own an espresso stand in Montesano, so that makes me a competitor of “Hot Shots Espesso,” and I am sickened that such an article would be posted, suggesting that “Hot Shots'” new sign has tendencies leaning toward a bikini barista stand! Really? I consider myself to be average in intelligence, and for the life of me, I can’t come up with one one thing about that very quaint, “country looking” sign that is remotely suggestive of a bikini barista stand. The owner of this espresso stand is a long-time, upstanding business owner in Montesano, who has paid taxes here and has supported various youth and civic activities the entire time she has been in business. As a life-long Montesano resident, I applaud Cindy, the owner of “Hot Shots Espresso,” for having the courage and energy to take on the grand task that it is, to open a business.

    Thank you, Cindy, for choosing Montesano as your business home. May you be blessed with an abundance of business success for many more years.

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    1. ((If I were in control of a blog such as this))

      Newsflash: You’re not. So suck it up, buttercup.

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      1. Newsflash: If I were to oversee this site, I wouldn’t allow grammatical errors – guest author or not!

        Double Newsflash: I’m not one to take to heart what someone writes, yet doesn’t have the “manly/womanly courage” to attach his/her name to it.

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    2. I’m shocked you don’t despise her for having a nicer stand than you. And you claiming to be smart I wouldnt call yourself when you had the nerve to stand up and ask a employee about if their maternity time off was paid for or how many accruals they have at a city council meeting.

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    3. I think you know darn well who I am. I am the employee who was going on maternity leave you had the nerve to stand up and question at City Council which was out of line and was quite humorous since you dont live in city limits. The only time people like you are around is to stir stuff up. Never anything good comes of it.

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  4. Anonymous Blogger, Guest Author, and commentor, (or is it comment-or?) Eowyn. Such nasty negativity. Certainly not what Montesano needs.
    Thank you Brian, and thank you Teri, for your replies to this type of asinine “let’s see how we can stir things up” crap.
    I’m proud to say my daughter played softball on the Hotshots team when she was in elementary school. A team sponsored by this very business owner. Now? Now she has her first job working for this, as Teri wrote, “long-time, upstanding business owner”. I absolutely couldn’t ask for better first time employers for her than Cindy and Randy.

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  5. Refreshing to read all the input / involvement the original author was hoping for. I also could not help to notice the old mans personal opinion disclaimer, “Maybe It’s Just Me” heading his article. As a longtime resident, I too am aware of what a great contributor Hot Shots has been for our community. With age, yes I am a victim, comes the ability to mentally step back and consider the perspective of other people. Hot Shots used to be situated in a crowded area on Main. Now it is directly across from our city park and can not be missed. Here comes the other perspective, probably what the old man author was trying to convey. A tourist, unknowing about the fine civic history of Hot Shots, may very well have a fleeting thought that maybe it is one of “those kind of” stands judging from the name and sign. I have to agree with old guy. What may seem as “negativity” or “stirring things up” is just his perspective of positive concern for our beautiful community. When I read the entire article, I realize and feel his concern for the town and his desire that it remain the small safe town that it is. Tourism effects the cost of all commodities and the way of life for residents. Thank you old guest author, for giving us reason to take the blinders off. But then again, “Maybe It Is Just Him”. Oh by the way “Lets Hear it”.

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  6. Hmmm, I’m not from Monte, so feel free to dismiss my response if you wish. Everyone has an opinion of the world around them. Personally the sign doesn’t suggest anything to me except that they sell espresso and want you to know that. Much like, as I imagine, most business owners who try to bring attention to their businesses. I’m not real strong on the connection with that being an open invitation to porn shops or the town heading in a new direction and such though, but, as I said, we all have perceptions.

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  7. Thank you Cindy for having the courage and the drive to open a new location for your business. I truly appreciate it and love the fact that you have sitting room inside and out. People are going to have their opinions. Some are negative and some are positive so most of the time you take it like a grain of salt and follow your heart. I believe that there truly are people in the world that don’t have enough to do that they just like to stir the pot and create conversations. But that is their right I guess. Freedom of speech. Perception is everything in this matter and most people will NOT see the name Hot Shots as anything but coffee shots. Thank you to all that are supporting Cindy and will continue to support this business. To all the others I wish you nothing but peace and happiness 🙂

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    1. Nikki, I couldn’t agree more about Hotshots although, that may be the only thing I agree with you on. My personal favorite coffee stand in Montesano. But what I will say is we all need to take opinions with a grain of salt just like the constant trashing of the clerks office you always did and never were reprimanded for it. If you want to be on city council be honest and know your role as a council member. Don’t just be a complete fool. You ran for council for all the wrong reasons. And like many other things being said about the rest “Montesano deserves better”.

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  8. I just read this blog and all the comments because I recognized the Hot Shots coffee stand as one of my favorite stops when I pass through Monte.

    The first thing I noticed was the name of this blog: “Conservolocity: Proud To Be Everything Liberals Can’t Stand”. I consider myself to be in the middle of the road, not one more than the other, depending upon the subject. I try to make my decision and opinion about something based upon fact, not supposition. “Maybe It’s Just Me” clearly is somebody just passing through Montesano (and let’s hope he kept on going because Montesano doesn’t need this type of small-minded citizen) because if he’s a resident, he surely would have noticed that Hot Shots has existed in Monte for years – as was previously mentioned, they just recently moved to a new and improved location.

    “Maybe It’s Just Me” seems to know quite a bit about those topless coffee places and pot shops – enough to think that “Hot Shots” is some kind of a “secret” name alluding to unsavory activity. As for his comment about Monte “selling it’s [sic] soul for the tourist buck:. Well, buddy, I am one of those “tourists” who pass through Montesano – and I might add – I spend my hard-earned-money on coffee (YES – AT HOTSHOTS), groceries, gas, sandwiches, Mexican food, whatever, right there in downtown Monte. The money I spend in Monte helps support Monte families and helps keep the town alive. “Tourists” and people passing through are not a bad thing; they’re a very necessary and real piece of Montesano’s economy.

    “Maybe It’s Just Me” needs to wake up and smell the coffee! If you really are a resident, you should have stopped by the stand and ordered something. I guarantee that you wouldn’t have seen what you erroneously assumed and expected to see, you would have enjoyed a fabulous coffee drink, met some very nice people who work there, and who knows – you might even have made a friend (something I have a feeling you’re in dire need of).

    So, Mr. “Maybe”, the next time you decide to write disparaging remarks and publicly air your misconceptions about a Montesano business because you’re suspicious of the name, I hope you will get all the facts first and base your opinion on FACT and TRUTH (warning – this may be a new concept for you), not from whatever gutter your mind is in.

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    1. V Henderson claims to have read the entire original article and all the comments but either has some exaggeration going on or very poor reading comprehension. Erroneously assumed, ” I KNOW THAT IT IS NOT, but the suggestion is there” quote from article regarding authors knowledge about the business, V Henderson. What was that about small mind? Secret name concern? If you really don’t live in Montesano, and have never left town, then you must reside on the underside of some rock somewhere. You really should get out a little more in the big scary world and shed some inbred sheltering. Thanks for contributing to the tourist inflated prices us residents are burdened with. My guess, you profit from scalping the tourists at the expense of residents. You want concept FACT and TRUTH, enroll in reading comprehension 101.

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  9. I’m struggling. I don’t see anything suggestive about the sign. What am I missing? Vertical lettering? Mismatched fonts? What about that suggests anything but espresso? I’m lost. Maybe you think the sign in hideous because of the design and artwork, but that’s a matter of taste, not morality.

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  10. nothing wrong, with trying to keep what you love, the way you like it. its the thought, that counts. generally speaking, liberals, (the great unwashed) gravitate to large citys, where they can easily transform it, into san fran style bathhouse paradises. so. the value, of a small town, and it its conservative demeaners, become more valuable. and, hopefully, preserved. i grew up in monte. i kind of miss it. i may return. While i have learned to love my annonimity, where im at, there is something to be said, about small town living. Cant think of it right now………………but, i will continue brainstorming this idea. I have a few remaining relatives there. But, they would be less than the last reason, for a relocation. much less.

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