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Music, art in the mix for coffee shop

By BRET LIEBENDORFER Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 1:36 PM EDT

The transformation to an Uptown with more of a nightlife continues.

This time it will be caffeinated.

Java Central Coffee House, 20 S. State St., had a change in ownership six weeks ago when Jane and Ralph Denick bought half of the business. The couple have been longtime supporters of the local art scene and hope to bring their passions to the business.

"What we're hoping to provide is a very nice evening that won't require spending a lot of money," Ralph Denick said.

The Denicks will be joining Adel and Diane Shadi as owners of the coffeehouse that opened in the fall of 2007. By the end of the month live music will be hosted in a 450-square-foot room located at the rear of the business.

Plans include Friday nights being devoted to open mic and karaoke, with more established musicians playing a variety of different types of music on Saturday. Eventually performances could expand to poetry readings. Denick said one group supportive of the changes has been Otterbein students.

Initial musicians will be those the Denicks, who have been members of the Westerville Community Band for 15 years, know from organizing performances at Uptown's Fourth Friday celebrations. Denick said he would like a similar vibe to extend to the coffeehouse.

"I think Uptown should have always been like this. I mean, how often do you see people walking around at night window shopping," Ralph Denick said.

Visual changes patrons will notice at the coffeehouse will be artwork displayed by local artists. Jane Denick, president of the Arts Council of Westerville, will select the works of art.

"When you look at the walls you'll say this space is a natural for art showings," Ralph Denick said.

The first featured artist will be photographer Ruth Smilan who will have work displayed during a grand re-opening on March 20 that will also feature singer-songwriter John Vincent. The Southern Accent Trio, a bluegrass trio, will play March 21.

More than just art showcases, Denick said he wants the space to offer something else in limited supply in Westerville: meeting space. The new greeting room will be available for rentals and can seat 30.

Another change that will compliment the organic, fair-trade coffee will be gourmet desserts from Mozart's Bakery, a Columbus-based bakery.

Hours will also be expanded to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

"What we're hoping to provide is a very nice evening that won't require spending a lot of money." -Ralph Denick






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