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Just steps away from the busy hubbub of the Lancaster County Courthouse and County Administration buildings, Justice Java offers a quiet getaway.
With a name like Justice Java, you may assume all they offer is coffee. However, this quaint little cottage offers everything from a light lunch to a glass of wine to cap off your workday.
The zigzagged walkway with brick inserts is edged in nandinas in brilliant reds, along with evergreen topiaries trimmed in swirls or neatly rounded sections.
White Rocking chairs fill the low front porch, bordered by neatly trimmed holly bushes.
This inviting landscaping has now paid off.
Justice Java, 104 N. Catawba St., has been selected as the Yard of the Month by Elizabeth “Betsy” Folks and Sheila Robertson of the Lancaster Garden Club.
Rosanne Lenderman opened Justice Java about two years ago.
“The landscaping of this business is very attractive and there are a variety of plants featured,” Folks said. “It is a nice complement to the new landscaping across the street at the new courthouse. The owner (Lenderman) maintains the yard and also adds seasonal touches at different times of the year to keep the yard fresh.”
Lenderman opened Justice Java about two years ago.
“I fell in love with the Lancaster area when my family’s construction business, Advanced Construction, was working about eight years ago,” Lenderman said.
During this time, Lenderman, who lives in Charlotte, bought the former J. Marion Sims Foundation building.
After the Lendermans scaled back their construction business due to the economy, Lenderman, who did the finances for the company, wanted something new to do where she wouldn't be sitting at a computer all day.
So as the local construction projects ended, she kept the building and decided to convert it to a coffee shop/restaurant.
Lenderman said coffee shops are everywhere in Charlotte and thought Lancaster could enjoy one too. With the new courthouse construction underway, she felt the location of her venture was ideal to serve the employees and visitors of the courthouse, as well as other downtown businesses.
Much of the original landscaping was removed and replaced with new plantings that were a little different and also easy to care for, creating the look she desired.
She will receive a $25 gift certificate complements of The Home Depot to pick up a few more plants to add to her landscaping.
Next time you are downtown, stop by to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee or quick lunch, and just make yourself at home.
If you would like to nominate a yard for Yard of the Month, please contact Patty Noll at (803) 285-6232.