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kleiboekersNaomi and Jeremy Kleiboeker of Germantown with "The Big Cathedral," a 455-pound Amethyst stone at their Breese shop, JK Rocks and Minerals. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    From the kitchen table, to their carport, to a small storefront, Jeremy and Naomi Kleiboeker have come a long way in their business, JK Rocks and Minerals.
    The couple, who make their home in Germantown, decided to take the leap of faith and go with the business outside the business.
    JK Rocks and Minerals operates at 1265 N. Fourth St. in Breese. 
    You'll find them by the colorful "Rock Shop" sign out in front of the building.
    The Kleiboekers' store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
    The couple opened their new store on May 5.
    "It was a pretty successful first day" in the new store, said Naomi, whose regular job is on the third shift at Nascote Industries in Nashville.
    She explained how they started the business, from working on their kitchen table, then moving to different rooms in their home, and graduating to their carport to where they are now.
    Jeremy Kleiboeker said they had been working the business primarily online, via Facebook, for the past three years.
    He decided they were going to open up a shop, but he didn't want to drive a long distance.
    And Jeremy wasn't keen on doing something in Fairview Heights, where traffic would likely pass by the store instead of stopping there.
    Jeremy grew up in Breese, lived there for 23 years, then moved to Germantown three or four years ago.
    "There's not many crystal shops around, so I opened one here in town and we'll see how it goes."
    Naomi was busy compiling invoices from online sales.
    She said if it wasn't for the online, they wouldn't have opened the brick-and-mortar store.
    Jeremy said online sales have been great, and he's still planning on continuing with that.
    "What I'm doing right now," Naomi said, working away on her laptop computer.
    "We've branched out from doing it online for the last three years," he said.

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