The Ribbon Cutting
FREMONT — Fremont has a new cafe at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont, 6245 N. Old U.S. 27, Fremont, next to The Gap.
Java Cafe held its official grand opening, complete with Angola Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, Monday afternoon. Java is also planning to join the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, said Chris Snyder, Fremont town judge.
Jared Ballou of Howe owns the cafe, which is his third cafe in the area. He also owns Pumpkin Vine Cafe in Shipshewana and Northwoods Coffee in Coldwater, Michigan.
Angola Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Rhodes said he’s glad to have another coffee shop in the community.
“I love coffee, so having another coffee shop in the area is music to my ears,” he said. Rhodes gave a welcome speech before the ribbon cutting ceremony and thanked Ballou for deciding to come to the Fremont and Angola area.
Ballou said he was approached about the possibility of opening a cafe at the outlets a few years ago by mall manager Tammy Olds, but he wasn’t yet ready.
When Olds called him again in the spring, he said, “Let’s do it.”
“We signed a lease in June and opened July 1,” he said.
The Java Cafe serves more than just coffee, as the name suggests. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. and boasts bagels, pastries, egg scrambles or sandwiches. Java Cafe also offer soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and personal pizzas as well as desserts, including cheesecake, muffins and cookies.
Food is made to order, and Ballou said the sauces used are all made in-house.
Ballou said he enjoys being a businessman and starting new ventures, and he has high hopes for success in Fremont.
Snyder said town Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Parsons was called with the inquiry to join the Fremont Chamber, and she told the cafe she’ll get with them on 2018 membership when yearly dues notices go out in November.
Java Cafe is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays. They can be found on Facebook, @JavaCafeFremont. You may also call ahead to order food at 833-3762.