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Java Notes returns to Fine Arts Building, beats COVID-19 jitters

Java Notes / Photo provided by UNK Staff

After its closure in 2020, Java Notes has finally reopened for staff and students to enjoy. The shop is hoping to spread awareness as many students have forgotten about Java Notes or are too young to have seen it open.

Java Notes was a popular stop for many fine arts students and people passing by prior to its closure.

“It was lined down the hallway (with customers),” Ema Sanchez, Sodexo marketing manager said. “I remember I was an art student at the time that it was open and it was very popular. I would eat there every morning. Faculty would come from the Health and Science Center, even as far as the education building.”

The shop’s menu continues to grow and features a variety of products past coffee orders. Java Notes currently offers items like pastries, salads and sandwiches and will soon sell more items including soup, rice crispy bars and cookies.

“We’re trying to (get) like little snack foods, stuff you guys can grab quick between classes,”  Stephanie Parker, Java Notes barista said. “I know we’ve got the dancers over on this side doing stuff and the drama teams. Everybody wants to be able to just grab something quick or in between having to go to practice so we want to be able to provide for that.”

Besides the enticing drinks and delicacies, Java Notes has added a free drawing station and collaborative signboard to their space. With these additions, baristas hope to regain the culture and aura the shop once brought to the Fine Arts Building.

Sophia Schroeder, senior visual communication and design major, was able to experience the shop’s atmosphere as a freshman. 

“Cafes always feel a bit more cozy and artsy,” Schroeder said. “It (Java Notes) feels in place for a place like this. So if you haven’t given Java Notes a try, I’d at least encourage you to go a few times, especially if you have meal plan dollars.” 

Starbucks currently has higher traffic due to its branding and staying open during the pandemic. Despite this, Java Notes is sure to be welcomed back with open arms by upperclassmen and underclassmen alike.

Sanchez is not concerned about Java Notes becoming a success again. The coffee shop is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

“I think as long as we just give the access back to the people who wanted it in the first place, that’s just the idea behind it.” Sanchez said. It’s not about trying to get as popular or even more popular than Starbucks. I think it’s just giving the access back to Java Notes.”

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