Even though Court Square Coffee is still new to the Harrisonburg downtown area, having just opened in January of this year, it already has repeat customers. Jeremiah Young, the owner, is happy to report that he sees regulars, as well as new faces, each day he is open for business. He is quick to point out how supportive the downtown area has been.
Located in the Newman Ruddle Building at 2 North Main Street on the northeast corner of Main and Market Streets, Court Square Coffee is conveniently located on Court Square across from the Courthouse. There is an open storefront for rent in the corner space of the building and Court Square Coffee sits right next to it. The concept behind the cozy little shop was that it be reminiscent of the drive-through coffee shops in Alaska, where Jeremiah is from, though his serving window is for pedestrian traffic instead of auto commuters. He built most of the interior himself, with some help from his father-in-law, and was able to construct much of it with re-purposed wood from another downtown building that previously served as a funeral home.
Court Square Coffee serves micro-roasted, organic, and fair-trade certified coffee from Trager Brothers in Lovingston, Virginia. I sampled the medium roast and it was delicious – very smooth, with no hint of bitterness. Also available are dark roast and decaf options, as well as specialty coffee drinks and teas. Freshly baked pastries line the counter, all from local bakers to follow through on Jeremiah’s commitment for his business to support the local economy.
Jeremiah’s wife, Erin, is from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area, but spent some time up in Alaska after school, which is how the two met. After visiting Virginia with Erin, Jeremiah decided he’d like to make a home in Harrisonburg. That was 7 years ago. Upon arriving in the area, he worked for Frazier Quarry in equipment management before deciding to open Court Square Coffee. He says opening a coffee shop is just something he has always wanted to do.
Court Square Coffee recently participated in Taste of Downtown as one of the locations in the event’s newest category, “Sweets, Treats, and Other Eats.” Jeremiah was excited to participate in the event and always has new plans for how to continue to grow his business and be more involved in the community. Some of those future plans include a sidewalk seating area and adding gelato to the menu, just in time for summer. Oh boy! Count me in.
Check out Court Square Coffee for yourself and stop by Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm or Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You can also connect on Facebook.
Lindsay Denny is a member of the HDR Promotions Committee and a longtime coffee lover.