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Julies Coffee: The downtown lunch spot and so much more

After 22 years, Julie’s Coffee is still pouring hot joe and serving breakfast and lunch to the downtown business crowd and those in the know.

Eric and Tanya Redman, current owners of the eatery, at 33 West Third St., have been hard at work at the stove and the espresso machine respectively for the last six years. With so many regulars coming in every day, Tanya said the business “is our second home.”

Referencing the popular TV show of the 1980’s she added, “We’re like Cheers. “It’s where everybody knows your name.”

The barista had worked at Julie’s for 15 years for previous owner Jim Shillenn and was pleased to be offered the first opportunity to buy the coffee shop when Shillenn decided to sell.

“I love being around people and couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said.

Head cook Eric Redman came ready with his own culinary skill set: he served as general manager of Red Lobster before purchasing the business with his wife. “We had a lot of background in the restaurant business,” Tanya said.

Thirsty customers in need of a java jolt can find all the flavored coffees and lattes they can imagine. And Julie’s is the only restaurant in the area to provide the Panache brand of coffees from Portland, Oregon, Tanya said, making the shop unique in the area.

A variety of tea choices also are available.

Casual passersby might think Julie’s is just a place to grab a quick cup and get to work, but they would be mistaken, Tanya pointed out.

New breakfast and lunch specials are posted in the shop and online every week. Breakfast choices include bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and omelets.

“We are definitely noted for our amazing lunches,” Tanya said. “People talk about our salads,” she added. Sandwiches, wraps and soups also are on the lunch menu each day. The Redmans even use some of the original recipes created in 1996 by the original owners.

“We’re quick,” Tanya explained about the turnaround between placing an order for food and beverage and receiving it, a quality that pleases her customers who may be in a hurry to get back to work.

With just four employees in addition to the Redmans, the crew works smoothly together.

Customer favorites are any of the lattes and the hot chocolates that Tanya makes from scratch. When the weather turns warm, she offers it frozen.

For personal preference in coffee, Tanya likes “the strong stuff,” like the espresso based drinks, even though she never drank coffee before working at Julie’s. Eric prefers a milder brew.

Julie’s Coffee offers after-hours catering services and also provides the venue with food and drink for events like baby or bridal showers.

They have even done rehearsal dinners for weddings.

The Redmans enjoy providing the occasional artsy ambience to the coffee shop by displaying works by local artists and vocalists, like Alexis Griess, of Williamsport, who has been known to perform during the noon lunch hour.

“Great Food, Delicious Coffee and More,” serves as the motto for Julie’s Cofee, which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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