Java Lovin’ in Fortville Indiana
Writer: Jennifer Lear / Photographer: Jennifer Lear
Coffee Toffee Crunch might be my absolute favorite thing from Java Junction, but the cozy atmosphere inside their Main Street Fortville coffee shop is a close second. Okay, maybe it’s a tie.
You might not realize but the quaint Main Street Fortville coffee shop is in the process of transitioning from the Olivers to Belchers. The process has been so seamless, with the same great service, smiles and conversation present at each visit, that customers might not 100% realize.
Matt and Kimberly Belcher’s journey to java started when they began holding services for Encounter Life Church in the large meeting space at the rear of the Java Junction building. Kimberly also was working as a barista for Mike and Krista Oliver at Java Junction and fell in love with the whole coffeehouse experience. Matt and Kimberly quickly came to the realization that owning the coffeehouse would be a perfect fit for them and went about working with the Olivers to make it happen.
In this mama’s opinion, Kimberly is a natural! She is so attentive to her customers and always with great suggestions on new things to try! Moreover, she always has a warm smile and a kind word for everyone. My conversations with Matt are always fun too. I love hearing about his stories from growing up in the Hancock County and Fortville area. Truly the Belchers are a fab addition to the retail landscape of Main Street Fortville!
They have already added new things to Java Junction line up such as the daily lunch specials. My favorite is the award winning chili and grilled cheese Panini! Really try the chili. It is so good! They also plan on bringing poetry reading, book clubs, bible studies and live music to Java Junction. Additionally, they have kept alive things the regulars have loved, such as the homemade biscuits and gravy on Saturday mornings.
A few weeks ago I ran into two lovely Fortville ladies lunching at a quiet table by the big front window in Java Junction. They were deep in conversation and enjoying their lunch combos of soup and Panini sandwiches. I have to say it made my heart happy to see the small town coffee shop so busy and alive with people enjoying a tasty bite and good conversation. Really that little snapshot of life is the essence of Fortville. Good ole folks enjoying everyday life at its best. It’s what Ashley and I adore about Fortville, and it’s exactly why we love to highlight often it through the blog.
We can’t wait to see what Matt and Kimberly do next. Good things are to come. We just know it! They’ve already launched one new addition to Java Junction. Tuesday evenings are community nights from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., featuring speakers and performers. So far they have highlighted a local historian, a piano performer, a local guitar artist and women’s self-defense. The next Java Junction Community Night is Tuesday May 5th.
Please note, Java Junction is closed Sundays and Mondays. Open Tuesday through Saturday. They are located at 226 S. Main Street, Fortville, Indiana. See their Facebook page for their weekly hours and lunch specials.