Karon Nelson is living a dream. A 33-year resident of Sparks, she is a combination cheerleader of the city, a mother of five, a wife of 22 years and an energetic soul who climbs out of bed every morning at 4 o'clock so that she can open the doors six days a week at the Java Bean.
Situated at 295 Sparks Blvd., the Java Bean is a tiny 10-by-10 building that is the site of freshly brewed coffee, homemade foods and an energy level so significant that Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts invaded the neighborhood in what is undoubtedly the ultimate compliment for Nelson and the Java Bean.
Opened in 2011, The Java Bean came into the lives of Mike and Karon Nelson after the couple sold a rock-solid trucking business that was active in four states while also employing 200. With 85 trucks burning the midnight oil and registering thousands of miles with 10 outlets in Nevada, California and Arizona, the pace was non-stop and the stress was mind-boggling, especially considering that the profit margin was about 3 percent.
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