It took Marlyn Gonzalez over three years to line everything up for her business.
She had found the perfect spot off of El Cajon Boulevard, between City Heights and Talmadge. She had gotten the permits, the loans, trained and hired her staff and lined up a roaster. She had finally settled on a name — GEM Coffee.
All she needed to do was open — which was scheduled for late March. And then the pandemic hit.