Larkspur, CO

Teenage entrepreneur fixes trailer, creates coffee shop business

Natasha Lovato
Jennifer Salter helps serve customers at Lucky Duck's Coffee.Photo byNatasha Lovato

Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver

(Larkspur, Colo.) Kirby Salter knows more about owning a business than most teenagers. Kirby, 18, converted a small horse trailer into a mobile coffee shop and, on Jan.1, opened Lucky Duck’s Coffee for business at Larkspur Community Park, 8850 Spruce Mountain Rd.

Kirby’s mother, Jennifer Salter, is amazed at her young daughter’s ability to create a business, form partnerships, and work all while attending college.

“She wanted to start this since she was eight years old,” Jennifer said.

Kirby added that she’s always had the idea of running her coffee shop for the people aspect.

“I always loved people, and even more so, I love serving them,” Kirby said. 

“I love hearing about their lives, getting to know them like family. Everyone should have someone in their life who just cares, and I love that I have the opportunity to be that person.”
Photo byKirby Salter

Although Lucky Duck’s hasn’t even been open a month, Kirby already has big plans for how she sees her business growing.

“Ideally, the business would grow to where I could have a brick and mortar lined up by the end of the year,” she said.

Kirby also hopes to build up the business to donate a portion of the profits to charities like Convoy of Hope.

“I want the business to become a part of the community and grow into something I can be proud of.”

Kirby takes business and finance classes online through Oral Roberts University so that she can have the flexibility to run Lucky Duck’s.

Lucky Duck’s is open from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is closed on Sundays, and is located at Larkspur Community Park. 

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