Janice and Greg Hartwell, of Rushville, have opened what they call a “mobile java joint” the Tin Lizzy Coffee Co. and Boutique.
The couple will travel in their fully renovated camping trailer turned coffee shop to festivals and events throughout the summer and fall. They will sell an array of coffees, fruit smoothies, fresh Paninis, metal and wood workings and T-shirts.
“I think we have some really good coffee,” Janice said. “This is kind of like a little retirement dream come true.”
Upon entering the Tin Lizzy Coffee Co. and Boutique, the distinct smell of coffee beckons customers to try a cup.
Customers can choose from many different coffees including a cold brew, house blend (regular or decaf) and five featured flavors.
The Hartwell’s will sell smoothies made with real fruit and fruit juice. They won’t use any syrups or ice in their smoothies.
Later, they hope to incorporate loose leaf teas and possibly other items into their menu.
Next Wednesday, the Hartwell’s will pack up the Tin Lizzy Coffee Co. and Boutique and head to Johnson County’s antique tractor show. They’re booked for 26 weekend events from now through December.
The Hartwell’s home base will remain at 324 E. 2nd St. in Rushville. They will come back to restock supplies when needed.
“This is the next phase of our life. We’ve done a little bit of everything over 40 years,” Greg said. “We realize age is catching up a little bit. It works for us. We are excited about it.”
They will be vendors at numerous events including the Wayne County Fair, Liberty, Indiana’s 4th of July Festival and Greenville, Ohio’s antique tractor show and Annie Oakley Festival among other events.
“I met a couple that stopped in here from Tennessee,” Janice said. “They said ‘oh man we have some festivals down there we think you would do really well at.’ Our options are open. We will see where it goes.”
There may be a couple of weekdays this summer and fall when the Hartwell’s will set up shop for local customers to try their coffee. Follow Janice Hartwell on Facebook to watch for select dates the Tin Lizzy Coffee Co. and Boutique may be open in Rushville.
The Hartwell’s drew some inspiration for the rustic look and feel of their coffee shop and boutique from their favorite place to get coffee. The Coffee Pot is located in Greenville, Ohio, in an old building called The Palace, which is adorned with old fashioned soda fountains, floors and ceilings.
“We found it just driving around,” Janice said. “We will drive an hour and 25 minutes just to pick up a coffee. It’s one of our favorites.”
The Hartwell’s held a soft opening last Friday and Saturday at their Rushville location.
“We have had a great response from the community the past couple of weeks,” Greg said. “We know they are behind us. We appreciate our fan base and customers.”
“The community support has been fantastic,” Janice said. “Their excitement builds our excitement.”
The Hartwell’s would like to thank Menno Hershberger for his friendship and efforts toward making the Tin Lizzy Coffee Co. and Boutique possible.