That's because the front half of the building - owned by Main Street's pharmacist Mary Letsche - is being leased to another Cherokee resident, Becky (Raveling) Elemond, and she is running her business, called Java Junkies, at that location.
Becky, who is the daughter of Rod and Mary Raveling, grew up in Peterson, and graduated from Spalding Catholic in Granville, where her mother was teaching music at the time. She moved to Cherokee in the early 1990s, and met her future husband, Todd Elemond, there. The couple still reside in Cherokee, with their 13-year-old daughter Samantha.
Becky followed in her mother's footsteps after her college graduation, teaching K-12 vocal and instrumental music in the Battle Creek-Ida Grove School District for four years, and she has also done some substitute teaching at Galva-Holstein.
As much as she loves music and working with students, though, Becky also had a dream to operate a business, and in September of 2008, she opened Java Junkies. As you might have guessed from the name, Java Junkies is a "coffee shop." The business is open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and from 8 a.m. - 12 noon on Saturdays.
Java Junkies serves Basic Espresso, as well as smoothies, hot tea, soda, Italian sodas, java chillers, and "regular" coffee. They also have muffins, cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, mammoth cookies, soup, salads, and panini sandwiches available if you'd like a bite with your drink.
In addition, the store sells candles and other gift items, and also offers wireless access for customers who like to work on their laptops while drinking their morning, or afternoon, coffee.
Delivery service is also available to Holstein businesses, for a $2 charge, but businesses must call ahead (368-2633) to order. Delivery services are only available, though, if there are enough staff working to allow that - another good reason to call ahead.
Becky is pretty much the only full-time employee at Java Junkies, but she employs several part-timers, mostly high school kids whom she has taught. These part-timers work mostly on Saturday.
Becky's dad Rod, a former long-time employee at Wilson Foods/Tyson Retail Deli in Cherokee, also helps out around the place, and mom Mary also drops in on occasion.
Stop in, say "hi," and have a cup of "joe."