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Company brews bright future


November 25, 2008
By Holly Miyasaki

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Nov. 25, 2008 – Owner of Jack Kelly the Coffee Man’s Penticton location, the
entrepreneur isn’t just another paper shuffler.  Rather, he dives
head-first manning the java stop drive-thru and welcoming customers to
his family business.

It’s 5:30 a.m. and John Kelly is busy washing thermoses, coffee pots
and preparing equipment, just part of his 12-hour day ritual.

Owner
of Jack Kelly the Coffee Man’s Penticton location, the entrepreneur
isn’t just another paper shuffler.  Rather, he dives head-first manning
the java stop drive-thru and welcoming customers to his family business.

While Kelly enjoys the work and is proud of his family-owned company, he still finds the daily grind wearing.

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“The
hours I put in I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” said the entrepreneur,
adding his children, three and four, are too young to help out with the
family business just yet.

But wife Tracy makes a big contribution by creating retail coffee gift baskets and working on promoting the company.

Kelly
purchased the company from its namesake — his father — 13 years ago,
and has seen the family company grow in leaps and bounds since its
humble beginnings in 1972.

Befriending hockey
hall-of-famer and former Penticton resident Larry Lund while living in
Arizona, Kelly’s father learned that Penticton might benefit from a
coffee supplier.

The senior Kelly discovered a lack
of office coffee suppliers in the area and decided to make the move
from Arizona (he had also worked in the coffee business in Edmonton) to
the Peach City and put the coffee on for the community.

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