Cafe, juice bar another local business coming to downtown Lebanon

The Greenhouse Cafe and Juice Bar is another new business planning to open this fall on East Mulberry Street in downtown Lebanon.

The owners have applied for a license permitting the business to offer liquor sales on premises only, as well as beer, wine and mixed beverages on or off premises until 2:30 a.m., according to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

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Greenhouse is “Coming Early Fall 2018” according to an Instagram post, and it plans to serve “local food, smoothies, juice, kombucha, medicinal and craft cocktails, beer and wine” at 105 E. Mulberry.

Greenhouse will join Lamp Post Cheese, located next door at 107 E. Mulberry, and the Arts Council of Lebanon to take up most of the storefronts in the block of buildings on the south side of Mulberry, running east of Cherry Street.

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“The City is excited to see the new business investment that is occurring along East Mulberry Street, and the continued diversification of businesses and services downtown. We are experiencing great interest in health-conscious businesses downtown,” City Manager Scott Brunka said in an email.

This section of Mulberry is where the city holds festivals and fairs, including the Lebanon Healthy Living Market this Saturday.

Ryan Tassef, owner of Lamp Post Cheese, said he still hoped to open his creamery and wine bar this fall but had yet to meet the owners of the Greenhouse, Lindsay Mescher and Brad Jameson.

“We like what the Lamp Post Cheese makers are doing next door,” said Mescher, a 2003 graduate of Lebanon High School. “We wanted to be on Mulberry.”

Like Lamp Post and the Wellness Lounge, just west on Mulberry, Mescher and Jameson plan to focus on healthy options and sell local fare whenever possible.

Two weeks ago, Mescher said they signed a lease with Keith Alexander, who heads the family that owns many of the buildings in the downtown area.

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“We’re in the very beginning stages,” Mescher said. “We’re hoping to open in October.”

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