By Judy Lehn
Windy and Bob Castle purchased the Jumping Bean Coffee House and Restaurant on Jan. 1, 2005. During the month of January 2010, they will celebrate their fifth anniversary with specials, decorations and lots of memories.
Done especially for the celebration, Windy and her mother Rikki Dehner have adorned the walls of the coffee shop with pictures, newspaper articles and other memorabilia from their five-year journey as a Berthoud business. It’s a walk down memory lane of Berthoud’s highs and lows during the past five years as seen through the eyes of one of its favorite meeting places, the “Bean.”
The highs have been the community efforts extended by the business, such as the benefit that raised $2,000 for the Berthoud Cares fund established for Nikko Landeros and Tyler Carron after their tragic accident in 2007. The drive for the Denver Health Foundation “Newborns in Need” baby gift program in 2008 collected multiple items for the more than 4,000 babies who are born each year to needy families. One group of Berthoud knitters brought in a hand-knit blanket and caps they had made especially for the occasion. Other people brought in cash donations which Windy turned into gifts. The final gift tally included eight boxes of diapers, two breast pumps, three car seats; 15 blankets, 35 onesies and sleepers and 28 miscellaneous gifts.
Also in 2008, the Jumping Bean presented a black and while art photography exhibition of 20 Turner Middle School Students. Titled “Xposure: the World Though 40 Eyes,” several of the photos were sold to Berthoud residents during the reception given for the students.
In 2009 the Bean participated in “Christmas in Berthoud” by sponsoring a wreath and inviting Berthoud kids for lemonade and cookies while making Christmas ornaments to take home for their trees.
The year ended with the “Jingle Mingle,” Berthoud’s progressive dinner. Windy served freshly brewed coffee and her wildly popular carrot cake for dessert.
The lows include the implementation of the Berthoud By-pass (Berthoud Parkway) in 2006 which took many of her customers, who would stop for coffee on their way to work, away from the town. Windy estimated that her business plunged 75 percent the first week the Berthoud Parkway opened but returned to normal later that year.
Construction along Mountain Avenue, which was completed in Dec. of 2008, was a low for many businesses in Berthoud, but the Jumping Bean held fast while the whole family pitched in to help. Windy’s father, Gene Dehner, still does the Sam’s Warehouse shopping while son Matt and his girlfriend, Taylor, brother Guy and sister-in-law Tracey can all be seen from time to time helping out.
The Jumping Bean is almost a town institution where business meetings are held, both large and small. Employers conduct interviews there, and many an author or student spends part of the day working on a manuscript on their laptop. The community table, home to the “Ten O’clock Group,” is the scene of loads of discussions involving major world decisions
Good luck, Jumping Bean, and success in the coming five years. Oh, and by the way, thanks for the wonderful coffee and sandwiches you serve during the week and the great breakfasts on the weekends.
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