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Veteran-Owned Coffee Shop Breaks Stereotypes For Female Veterans


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — There’s something about a coffee shop that pulls you in.  It might be the tasty drinks or the cozy couches.  At Sweet Beans, it’s the smiles you’ll see behind the counter.

Nearly 10 years ago, Mallory Rugg started working as a barista when her husband first enlisted in the Army.  She loved it.

“I said, ‘I just figured out what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I don’t want to work for anyone else doing it,’” Rugg, co-owner of Sweet Beans, said.

But first, she felt called to serve and joined the U.S. Navy in 2012, working as a fire controlman. That’s when she met her friend, Heather Amodeo.

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