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On any weekday morning, Jennifer Berry's cafe in downtown Charlotte Amalie has no problem drawing some of St. Thomas' most powerful people.

Senators, government officials and business owners crowd into Jen's Island Cafe & Deli for sandwiches, coffee and a quick word with the owner about the day ahead.

But when it comes to drawing the other kind of power - the kind that keeps the refrigerators, lights and cash registers running - Berry is at the end of her rope.

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