When I arrived in Hattiesburg for the first time in 2005, I was not expecting to stay long. I was a native of Valencia, Venezuela who had previously lived in both Florida and Pennsylvania. Now, I was falling in love with the Hub City and feeling the warmth and acceptance of its people. My wife soon came from Venezuela to join me. We knew that we had found our permanent home.
When we found out that the Java Werks coffee shop was up for sale after being closed for a year, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to connect with the community that had welcomed us. We re-opened Java Werks in April 2013 and it has been the perfect way to share our Venezuelan food and culture in the city where we are forming new roots. Located across from Southern Miss, we pride ourselves in our ability to share traditional Venezuelan food like Arepas as well as standard cafe fare like muffins, bagels, coffee cakes, delicious breakfasts, and lunch items — not to mention every kind of coffee drink imaginable.
Since opening, we have never lost sight of the community that welcomed us. We have monthly events like comedy nights, live music performances and other USM events that we sponsor. In November 2015, we started “Coffee with a Cop,” a program that provides a space for Hattiesburg Police officers and community members to have a dialogue over a cup of coffee.
Please stop in and enjoy the conversation and friendly service at Java Werks. Try your favorite food or be adventurous and order an Arepa. The place is big enough for you to find a quiet place to study or to meet up with friends on a work break. Come and be a part of this community that we love so much.
Cesar and Marbelis