Sweet Tooth

Java Bean Cafe and Confectionery
provides mix of elegance, comfort

Cafe serves more than
just coffee and dessert to patrons

By Nichole Osinski
Contributing Writer

VEVAY, Ind. (December 2011) – What does a grand piano, handmade chocolates and a wall of art have in common? They can all be found at the Java Bean Cafe and Confectionery. The cafe is located at 17 W. Main St. in Vevay, Ind., and offers more than just the basic coffee shop treats. Bill Smith and Jay Davidson, the cafe’s owners, have also added a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide selection of hand-made desserts.
Described as a “slightly upscale” cafe, the Java Bean is meant to provide customers with a mix of elegant and homey. There is seating for up to 50 with cloth napkins, tablecloths and a Gallery Wall of Art.


Photo by Patti Wilson

From left, Jay Davidson and Bill
Smith make original in-house
kitchen recipes, including chocolate
recipes, which have made Java Cafe
and Confectionery a popular eatery.

“We came to Vevay and they didn’t have anything like what we have to offer,” said Smith. “The community has been very accepting and we are very grateful to them.”
Smith and Davidson, both originally from Ohio, have a wealth of experience in what they do. Smith had previously managed several different restaurants and Davidson began making chocolates when he was 16.
Davidson had always been interested in culinary arts, and when he was offered a position to make chocolate at Kings Island amusement park in Cincinnati, he took it. When the two food connoisseurs met in Ohio, they decided to combine their talents and open a store.
The now business partners found a place in eastern Indiana in the small town of Metamora. They opened a gift shop, which they ran for 4 1/2 years. Both owners agreed they wanted to branch to a different location where they could focus entirely on the food and beverages. This led them to the town of Vevay, where their business skyrocketed after being open just little over a year.
Established in 2010, the business celebrated its first anniversary on Nov. 5, and the owners have already expanded the building.
However, both Smith and Davidson feel their success comes from more than just unique recipes and gourmet coffee. They aim to give the cafe an inviting atmosphere where they get to know the customers and where people will feel at home.
Smith explains that when people come in they “want to hear how you are doing” and that the customers are “like family to us. We share their joys, we share their sorrows.”
One unique aspect that has made the cafe so popular is that everything is handmade. Smith comes up with the in-house kitchen recipes, while Davidson makes his own chocolate recipes.
Davidson uses four different brands of chocolate and hand dips each piece individually. Each batch takes about two hours to make and is the cafe’s own special blend of chocolate desserts. One of the things he enjoys most about confectionery is not only the creative freedom but making something that tastes as good as it looks.
Other features that have helped with the cafe’s success are the live musical performances and art wall. At least once a month different musicians come and give performances on the cafe’s antique grand piano.
The Gallery Wall of Art inside the cafe displays different featured artists and changes each month.
And if anyone wants a special order, the owners will do their best to accommodate. They have even shipped their treats as far as Hawaii and Canada.

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