January 2010

I’m the only person in the office that drinks coffee. My morning routine of brewing my coffee forces everyone to listen to the angry bubble and drip
of the coffee pot. This is fine for most days, but sometimes I just need some variety. That’s when I turn to Java Jan Gourmet Coffee located just down the street from our nestled office in Historic Dublin Ohio. What I found was not only delicious coffee and espresso, but a friendly atmosphere and great service.

When I first entered Java Jan I was greeted by the head barista herself, Jan Antauer. My eyes darted to the lengthy menu of drink options that rests right above the shop’s cozy fireplace. Jan helped me with my Buckeye Mocha decision and just like her slogan, it was “Love at first sip.”

Would you like a cupcake with that coffee? Java Jan also neighbors Our Cupcakery, a local cupcake shop. The two work together to pair flavors. If you aren’t in the mood for coffee, Jan offers refreshing smoothies as well.

I chatted with Jan to learn a little more about Historic Dublin’s newest business.

Q: How did Jan Antauer become Java Jan?

A: I have always been interested in working closely with the public. Instead of setting up a restaurant, I decided to focus my energies on my favorite beverage: coffee. While visiting plantations in Costa Rica, Brazil and Jamaica my interest deepened. By learning the processes of growing, harvesting, roasting and processing–I was hooked. I became Java Jan.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Gardening and decorating

Q: What’s your favorite coffee?
A: Java Jan Highlander Grog is one of my favorites but I have many favorites. They are all available and made fresh daily in my shop.

Q: Why did you open your business in Dublin?
A: I live here, it’s perfect.

Q: What’s your favorite Dublin event?
A: Sláinte Thursdays. I welcome the opportunity to share our beautiful downtown Dublin with clientele, as well as visitors from outside of our community. (Note: Sláinte Thursdays are held from 4-7 p.m. on the third Thursdays during the warm weather months.)

-Post by Allison

Oh, it’s a happy day when the kids go back to school after the break!  But if you’re a Dublin (OH) mom like me, you look at the calendar and see that in the next six weeks there are a couple of  long weekends in there where the kids will be at home again!  Here are a few activities to keep them occupied (and happy) in the bleak mid-winter.

Did you go to see a movie over the break?  We did and noticed a teaser for Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  If you have any 7-12 year olds in the house, I highly recommend this imaginative book series.  Check your local library for both book and CD formats.  Nothing like making a pillow fort at home and letting the kids listen to a great book!

Speaking of the Olympics, the Winter Games will start in early February in Vancouver, Canada.  Now is the time to take the kids to Mad River Mountain or The Chiller to teach them about downhill skiing or curling!  Did you know Dublin, Ohio operates an outdoor ice rink by the Recreation Center?  Bring your own skates and have great family fun!  Or pretend you are on a bobsleigh as you tackle the big sledding hill at Scioto Park next to the Dublin Arts Council’s Chief Leatherlips statue (part of the famous Art-in-Public-Places series). If there is any snow on the ground, you’ll find plenty of company on this hill!

Winter is a great time of year to visit the Columbus Zoo — the #1 Zoo the country (USA Travel Guide). Crowds are a little lighter this time of year and there are plenty of great exhibits to discover. The 100,000 gallon coral reef exhibit is captivating. Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing puffers, sharks, surgeonfishes and many more colorful species.

The Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center offers year-round family entertainment. Take advantage of this intimate setting (and minimal ticket charges) to introduce your kids to live theater—magicians, dance, plays, puppet shows, music and more. Upcoming shows include Toddler Theater (Jan. 27), Magic Man Carroll Baker (Jan.16), the music of Farmer Jason (Jan. 23) and the spectacular science of Doktor Kaboom (Feb. 6).

Many Dublin residents are currently serving overseas in the military.  How about sending a soldier a letter describing the snow or making a homemade Valentine to brighten their day?  Look at Anysoldier.com to find a local Ohio soldier.

Have fun and I’ll see you around Dublin!

-Post by Katie