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Java Bombs was founded by four friends that have a love for theatre and their community. The original idea for Java BombS came from Lauren Raynor who recently purchased the Ritz Theatre in Covington, Tennessee. The Ritz Theatre has been a historical staple of Tipton County and Covington since the late 1800’s.
The Ritz theatre has been vacant for an extended period of time. Lauren saw that this beautiful piece of history was well on its way to being dilapidated. The roof has a large hole that allows water to leak throughout the building. Black molds grows in the floor, ceiling, and walls. The door frames are rotten from water damage. Lauren has loved this building since she was a young girl growing up in Covington. She loved to see the box office lit up and the eloquent way the old art deco theatre stood out on Covington’s square. After seeing the desperate state that the Ritz Theatre was in, she started baking as a hobby to help support and fund the renovation of the Theatre. Thus the Java Bomb was born.
Lauren works at the Huffman, Mason, Raynor Stowers Law Firm as a Family Law Attorney. During the day she would advocate for her clients. At night and on the weekends, she created different recipes. Her love of theatre is matched with her love of all things coffee and hot coco. In December 2020, Lauren started creating her first trials of Coco and Java Bombs. She stayed up long hours to make sure that her products were tasty and pleasing to the eye. She ensures that quality ingredients are used to make each Java Bomb a delicious experience for the customers. Lauren used the Java Bombs to help start funds for the Ritz Theatre’s renovations.
Soon after she started making the Java bombs, one of her law partners, Jere Mason, ordered some to help support the theatre and his friend. Originally skeptical of the coco bomb and Java bomb, his reaction was “That’s the best cup of hot coco that I have ever had.”
Jere, along with the rest of the law firm partners, Bryan Huffman and Dave Stowers, joined forces to help this small business grow. Each partner offers their own expertise and experiences to Java Bombs, just as we do in our law firm.
Through the support of our local community and fellow thespians, Java Bombs turned into a small business to help the Ritz Theatre.
Java bombs were created to support the small community theatre that needs a lot of love. The proceeds from Java Bombs are still being used to rehabilitate the Ritz Theatre. We hope to be able to serve Java Bombs in the Ritz lobby as soon as possible so that out community can have the true experience of the Ritz Theatre and Java Bombs!