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Queen Bean Opens Doors To Downtown Coffee Shop
Already operating a successful coffee house - The Queen Bean - in Modesto, businesswoman Debra Martinez is now expanding. She recently opened her second shop, bringing a Queen Bean to Escalon, and will open a third location soon in Riverbank.

"A lot of our customers come from out of town," she noted of the traffic through the Modesto coffee shop.

That got her thinking, she said, about the possibility of expanding. One of her customers, who happens to live in Escalon, suggested she come here. When a spot opened up on the corner of Main and Second, Martinez took the plunge and opened just prior to the city's Park Fete celebration in mid-July.

"It's starting to pick up now," she said of business. "People in Escalon know we're here and we're opening in Riverbank in about a month."

Martinez uses coffee from the Jesus Mountain Coffee Company, which has a local office in Manteca, as well as the Taylor Maid Farms brand. Martinez said the coffee is organically grown and are brands she has come to rely on for consistently high quality and fresh taste.

"I'm real social," Martinez added of what drew her to the business. "I love meeting new people and when I do have time to sit down, I love to chat with them."

The Queen Bean is just getting off the ground in Escalon, but has a proven track record in Modesto, where it has played host to a number of bands and even received the MAMA (Modesto Area Music Association) award a few years ago for providing the best venue for music.