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Kathleen Huntley writes about a Noxon 13-year-old's excursion into capitalism

As most the readers of the River Journal know, Highway 200 is the major vein running along the Clark Fork River. It is full of surprises, from glorious vistas of the Cabinet Mountains in Montana to congested traffic in Sandpoint, Idaho. Scattered along its chain we are blessed with a variety of eclectic communities and intriguing shops. An additional discovery lately is that it also is the road to a better cup of coffee. Near Noxon, Montana that coffee is served up by an enterprising young lady named Darian Barton at Wired Espresso.

Darian’s immaculate espresso stand can be found eleven and a half miles east into Montana on Highway 200. That is just past where the Bull River runs into the Clark Fork River. It sits comfortably nestled amongst the trees, and next to her mother’s business at the Look Sharp Hair Salon.

It isn’t entirely the lights that illuminate Darian’s stand. With the coffee you get a shot of effervescent smile and energetic enthusiasm from this young entrepreneur. What makes Darian so unique is she is thirteen years old. She first started brewing coffee for a shop in Noxon at the age of nine. She said she loved the aroma and taste of coffee. This interest led her to study the culture of global espressos and then the idea of her own coffee business began to brew in her imagination. Darian began experimenting with flavors and opened her shop with 65 deliciously different flavorings with which to make your favorite coffee (or other) combination. What started out as a dream became a reality early in October 2007.

Darian is fully licensed. She acquired Montana’s state regulations, studied them thoroughly and passed her sanitation inspections with flying colors. There was nothing in Montana’s rules and requirements that stipulated age as a factor for owning a business In addition to coffees, Darian serves Italian sodas, espressos, frappuccinos and smoothies.

Stop by and try some of her recipes or even your own requests. She is open at 7:30 am Mountain Time until 2:00 pm most days, only closing on Sunday and Thursday.

One might question how she could do this and attend school. Darian has been a successful home schooler. In addition to keeping up with her studies she also practices her piano and singing.

With her profits from the Espresso Stand, Darian hopes to build a nest egg for her future. She is not certain yet where her career tracks will lead. While enjoying an outstanding cup of coffee consider that you are also contributing to a college fund for a well deserving young lady. Her initiative and endeavors are striking in a time when media would have us believe most young people are out spending and not necessarily earning income. Obviously this young lady sets high goals and then achieves them.

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