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Jerona Java Cafe
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Welcome to Jerona!

We offer a variety of coffees, teas, espresso drinks and smoothies. Most can be served either hot or cold, as you prefer. We offer breakfast and lunch sandwiches, along with our soup of the day, salads and house-baked quiche are always available.

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Thank You!
For once again voting us
"Best Catering in the Verde Valley"
in the Verde Independent

Our food menu is "Cafe Style"
Fast, Delicious, and Reasonably Priced
Don't forget to try Jerona's own baked goods
—carrot cake, brownies and lemon bars.
We also offer catering service for your events,
Contact us for more information.
We are FRESH (All items made to order) and
FRIENDLY (we are here to serve you!) and FAST!

Our fresh-brewed coffees are organic. We offer four different flavors of fresh-brewed ice teas every day.

CALL AHEAD FOR FASTER PICKUP SERVICE
928 639-1234

About Jerona

 

Mary Arkush

Chef Michelle JurisinMary Arkush and her husband Mike opened their business eight years ago with art in mind. Jerona Java Cafe was initially a coffee bar and gift shop, with the idea being to attract tourists on their way to Jerome from Sedona. Mary earned an art education degree from Western University in Michigan and made her career by entering dozens of shows each year. Her husband had his own machine shop.

From there, she said they wanted to create something with a quantifiable value. Arkush said they fell in love with 89A and the Verde Valley. "It took about 10 years to get this whole thing off the ground," she said. "We invested in this, we built the building, we designed it."

"Thank you Mary for doing such a marvelous job making my mother's birthday weekend happen. The evening we spent in your restaurant couldn't have been better. The atmosphere and staff were so welcoming and the food delicious. A perfect place to relax and enjoy being together.

The food you catered for the party was yummy and beautifully served. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and many remarked at the great spread. Trying to organize events from a distance is very hard and you made my life so much easier and the details just seemed to fall into place.

Thank you for your hard work and beautiful results!"

—Margaret Mayes

 

Mary Arkush and her husband Mike opened their business eight years ago with art in mind. Jerona Java Cafe was initially a coffee bar and gift shop, with the idea being to attract tourists on their way to Jerome from Sedona. Mingus Avenue, however, didn't turn into the thoroughfare for out-of-towners that Arkush had expected.

"We had to figure out, OK, the gift idea was great, but on paper it just was going to take too long to get that return," Arkush said. Instead, Jerona has become a hub for locals to gather and get a sandwich.

Since the tail end of 2005 when the business opened, a few sandwiches grew to a full cafe menu that accounts for half of Jerona's sales. Catering has also seen growth, especially in the last two years.

"The food actually has been kind of a saving grace for me," Arkush said. "It's the one aspect I feel I can be creative. It's even the art of doing business, making all of that happen."

Though locals make up the bulk of her customers, Arkush said out-of-towners have come into the area already acquainted with a dining experience that goes beyond the traditional sit-down, family-style restaurant.

"More and more people are coming in from cities to the Valley, and I think that actually has the biggest impact because they're the ones who are used to the atmosphere of a coffee shop," she said. "Our biggest evolution has been our customers getting used to the concept of the cafe."

A taste for boutique coffee has spread in the Verde Valley, Arkush said, along with how comfortable people are ordering at a counter.

"It's not just coffee that we're breaking boundaries in, it's the cafe style," she said. "Customers are used to franchises only having that cafe, they'll accept that, but when it's home grown they expect table service."

Jerona coffee has been made from beans roasted at Riviera Coffee Company Inc. in Chandler since the business's doors opened in 2006. They switched roasters once, but went back to Rivierra because Arkush could work closely with them to get the coffee she wanted.

"They've been wonderful about roasting very consistent coffee," she said. "We can talk about tweaking and adjusting."

Location and Hours

1060 N. Main Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday  CLOSED

Phone:
928-639-1234

Email: Info@jerona.com

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Food Menu

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Food menu

Catering Menu

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Catering Menu

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Big or Small, We Cater Them All!

Tea Parties

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Community Connections

Jerona offers many services to the community. Here are a few of the current ones:

Classic Car-Coffee Cruise-In
On the first Saturday of each month from 8am - 10am
We invite all classic car drivers to bring in their classics and enjoy a free coffee and fresh-baked classic cookie.

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Old Town Mission Book Sale
We have a selection of gently-used hardcover books for sale in our dining area. Proceeds support the work of the Cottonwood Old Town Mission.

Featured Artist Show
Every two months we have a nex exhibit. The current one is "Photography", and highlights local individuals and group of 2-dimensional artists. Many of the works are for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artist. It's Jerona's way of supporting our artistic community!

Art Market
Every second Saturday of the month, you'll find local artists under their tents and on the patio of Jerona. Your opportunity to purchase local artisans jewelry, sculptures, glassware, etc.

Awards

  • 2009 - National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
    Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Community Involvement presented to Mary Arkush
  • 2011 - Verde Pride Award
    Business of the Year presented by the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce presented to Jerona
  • 2012 - Professional Women's Group
    "You Make a Difference" award presented to Mary Arkush
  • 2013 - Voted #1 in Catering
    Verde Independent Newspaper Reader's Choice Awards presented to Jerona

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Mary at a recent bridal fair