Java Cabana Enjoys Business Boost During Annual Festival
“It’s always been great for business.” Mary Burns, owner of the Java Cabana coffee shop located off of Young Avenue, reflects at the end of a particularly long work day. September 15th marked the 25th annual Cooper-Young Festival: a melting pot of people, music, and art all gathered on one street for the sake of celebrating the creativity, culture, and members of the community that make up Cooper-Young. This being the 20th festival Burns has participated in since working at the shop, she’s all too familiar with the attention it draws to her corner. “It feels like I haven’t had but two minutes, tops, to stop moving and or to stop serving customers.” Burns says that she’s noticed a steady increase in people taking part in the festivities over the years and that this year, judging by the amount of coffee brewed, may be the biggest turn-out yet. “This is always huge for the community. It’s important for these folks to know that they’re part of the most diverse and unique part of town and this festival is here to remind them of that.” Having started her day at 5:40 in the morning with the last customer leaving a few minutes past 7 o’clock at night, Mary Burns is already looking forward to next year’s gathering. Even though the sun wasn’t shining that Saturday afternoon, it didn’t stop locals and commuters alike from enjoying everything Cooper-Young has to offer.