Summer is quickly approaching, and people are always wanting to visit the newest, local food and drink sensation. This summer’s hotspot is sure to be Java Station 56 in Scottsburg. From the folks that brought Too Tired Bike & Bean to the Downtown Jeffersonville area, Java Station 56 was opened to expand the horizons that Too Tired had before. They have decided to use the same successful recipes and have even added a few new menu items that have quickly become favorites.
The Ronau family was looking for commercial property in the Scottsburg area when they stumbled upon this vacant storefront in the Square. Java Station 56 is located on the corner of Main Street and Highway 56 and is a train-themed coffee shop which is communicated through more than just their original logo. When one steps inside, they will feel transported to an old-school train station with the sounds, the feel and the décor that are housed within Java Station 56.
“Being close to the tracks in a historic district, a train themed coffee shop seemed the most obvious thing to do. We have had a lot of success planting ourselves into areas that are in need of attention and redevelopment,” owner, Brandi Ronau said.
Java Station 56 is previously known as the Gladstiens Department Store and is well-known in the area by locals.
It’s no surprise that the same successful recipes from Too Tired have drawn consumers to Java Station 56 as well. From the Monkey Butter to the Cotton Candy Blender, it’s the funkiest and craziest drinks that keep people coming back for more. The Monkey Butter is a blended mocha with Reese’s Peanut Butter, real banana and their double strength French Roast coffee, called Diesel Oil. The Cotton Candy Blender is exactly how it sounds – a delicious blend of flavors designed to taste like cotton candy; a perfect way to cool off and sooth your sweet tooth at the same time.
Java Station 56 also offers crowd favorites such as their Caramel Macchiato blender – a vanilla base with caramel blended with ice and Diesel Oil. They even offer different variations of this blender, one with Sea Salt Caramel and their brand-new Bourbon Caramel. There’s no doubt that they know the way into the hearts of Kentuckiana locals.
Another crowd favorite that they offer is called the Road Warrior. This is another blended mocha with Diesel Oil and chocolate covered espresso beans. All of their blended drinks come served with house-made vanilla whipped cream and are offered in sizes as large as 32 ounces.
Although they don’t offer weekly or daily specials just yet, Java Station 56 does offer a punch card for returning customers. After purchasing 8 drinks, you can receive a free drink of your choice. Their lunch menu is in the development stages. They have started offering a few items and will continue to gauge the success through sales and interest – it is ever-evolving.
Java Station 56 joined many other local restaurants in Scottsburg in the Taste of Scott County and came out with an award for their famous Monkey Butter blended drink. “It was a blast attending the Taste of Scott County, and we had the opportunity to meet new people and regulars alike,” Ronau said.
They plan to attend other local events coming up this summer such as the Mater Fest in July. Be sure to visit them at their storefront, upcoming happenings or check them out on Facebook and Instagram!
Java Station 56 is all about the experience that their customers have when visiting their space – they want people to come back to visit them and to have a positive association when they hear the name.
“It isn’t enough to sell the best coffee in town, but we want people to talk about it later. What national chain has visitors raving about how cool the space is or how cool the concept is? We want our customers to think they just got back from a fantastic vacation – not just a coffee shop,” Ronau said.
You can find them at 4 S. Main Street on the square in Scottsburg and they are open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can reach them at 812-414-2630.