Java Central opens Saturday
Java Central, 713 High Street, is filling a vacancy in downtown Baldwin and is also filling a niche, according to owner Brenda Brookman, Baldwin.
Brookman is opening her doors on Saturday. Java Central will offer baked goods, sandwiches and soups, in addition to a variety of drinks coffee, iced coffee, espresso, cappuccino, blender drinks, hot and iced teas and cola products.
"I went to the coffee shop up the street at the drug store, and when that closed, I thought it was a good opportunity to start something," Brookman said.
Brookman is leasing the space from Gary and Annie Hogsett, who operate At Work Oil Change and use the building's second floor. Brookman admits it looks like the coffee shop sprung up overnight, but it's been in the works for six months.
Within the past week, a black and white checker floor was installed. Cafe-style tables and chairs, and couches were added. Brookman painted the bright yellow walls herself.
"I just hope everyone will enjoy it," Brookman said. "I am doing it for the town."
Brookman plans to have a part-time staff of three to four employees. Barbara Eastburn, who used to run a coffee house on Eighth Street, will prepare the sandwiches and soups.
Brookman hopes her business will appeal to the community, including the college students. She is planning on adding a conference table for larger groups to gather.
Business hours will be 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.
"Everyone that asks me what I am having are excited about it," Brookman said of passersby. "They are all excited about having baked goods."