Students, staff and faculty have a new place to purchase tasty treats, thanks to the efforts of the Business Club who opened a coffee shop in the Wenman Pavilion last week. The Daily Grind is home to hot and cold beverages as well as fresh pastries and bagels which arrive daily from La Collina bakery. So far fruit smoothies and hot chocolate are the most popular purchases among students. All of the menu selections are offered at reasonably low prices and compare to professional cafés.
The Daily Grind has been open for just over a week and is already a popular hang-out for students during lunch and in the evenings. The shop is open during the Senior School lunch period (Mon-Fri) and from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Mon to Thurs). So far, students are impressed and plan to make the Daily Grind a regular place to chat with their friends. Faculty say they will visit the shop for their organic fair-trade coffee instead of going to get their usual java fix from the nearby Starbucks.
Morgan Pudwell, a Grade 12 boarding student and the head of the Business Club, says the club was inspired “to head in a new direction, and rather than simply talk about business, actually run one,” She and 20 other student club members, under the direction of Mr. John Liggett, have been working on the project since September, when they were first introduced to the idea of running a café.
“We hope that the experience introduces students to the world of business and the service industry. Not only have we had tonnes of fun working on the project, but we’ve also learned a lot,” she says.
While Morgan delegates tasks and motivates the team of baristas, Kabir Daswani and Rui Fu deal with the finances and accounting. On opening day the boys say the Daily Grind made more than $200 in sales. After only a week of operation, the shop has recouped all of the start-up capital invested to buy equipment. Any profits from this point forward will be re-invested in the project or help fund other student initiatives.
The students in the business club will continue taking turns to work shifts, and gain volunteer hours for their time spent working. If all goes well, the students hope to extend the shop hours and brew coffee in the early hours before school begins.
Meanwhile, a second student business project is in the making. A sports equipment rental shop, headed by Grade 12 student Nick Charleton, is expected to open in the near future.