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Westerville has a Smokin’ New Business

New to Uptown Westerville is The Uptown Cigar Co., 33 N State St. In addition to ashtrays, lighters, holders and humidors, the retail outlet will sell premium, hand-rolled cigars imported from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Although city law forbids smoking, the store also will feature a lounge area with plasma TVs, leather furniture and WiFi hookups.

“We really think this will bring people into Westerville. We’re the only fine, premium cigar store here,” says longtime Westerville resident Roy Lawson, who co-owns the store with friend and Westerville resident Mike Daffin.

Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon-4 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 614-392-2302.

New Coffee Joint Energizes Uptown

Java Central is a new, cozy coffeehouse at 20 S. State St.

Owned by husband and wife team Ed and Reham Shadi, Java Café serves a variety of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, as well as locally made bagels and pastries. The Shadis also plan to add a lunch menu. The coffee house also offers free WiFi, art space and boutique items, including cards, mugs, candles, Egyptian-made bags and scarves and handmade jewelry.

“We wanted to bring back the original coffee house,” Reham says. “We wanted a place where you could actually come, sit and enjoy your coffee.”

The Shadis, who recently moved from Los Angeles, chose to make their home in Westerville because it’s an ideal place to raise a family, Reham says. “People here have been so friendly. Owners of other Uptown businesses have stopped in to say ‘hi.’ We’re really excited to part of this community,” she says.

Hours are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, visit www.java-central.com or call 614-839-0698.

This is Personal

Shoppers can now rest easy knowing no one else at the party will be giving the same present, thanks to It’s All in the Name, LLC.

When deciding where to realize her dream of a family business, resident Amy Robinson looked to the community she’s called home for more than 30 years. “Westerville’s business scene is evolving into place with something for everyone,” Robinson says.

The store, which Robinson co-founded with her sister Lisa Herrmann, is proof of that. Located at 20-K S. State St., the store specializes in personalizing gifts and everyday items by adding embroidery or printing detail.

Hours are 1-6 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 614-890-1332.

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