Local Coffee Shop Set To Reopen - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Local Coffee Shop Set To Reopen

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A local business that has been closed for almost 10 months is reopening again Thursday.

The Java Werks Coffee Company on Hardy Street was a hot spot for a lot of Southern Miss students. The business had to close last May because the owners were suffering from health issues.

Now that the business has new management, they are ready to serve the Hub City again. before Ceaser Potenza bought Java Werks, he use to be frequent customer.

"I always loved to come to Java Werks," said Potenza, the co-owner.

He said they have remodeJed the kitchen and repainted the dining area, but there's one thing that will remain the same.

"Well the coffee is going to be the same, 100 percent," he said. 

A lot of past business came from USM students, like Jessica Jelinski.

"I had a group of friends we would meet there and crochet," she said.

USM student, M. C. Price said, "I used to go to Java Werks almost every other day just because it's so convenient."

Students said it was also budget friendly.

"Prices were very reasonable," said Price.

"It was very cozy and student oriented," said Jelinski.

Potenza said he hopes that his new customers will feel the same way even with the changes. The owners plan to have a ribbon cutting ceremony in about two weeks.

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