By Nina Laureano ’12
With the grounds and building renovations Stetson worked on this summer, which made the campus even more intriguing and beautiful than it already was, came the establishment of the new coffeehouse in the heart of campus. Having Starbucks products and the same ambiance as most Starbucks shops, the coffeehouse is an excellent addition to campus and is favored by many students, including myself.
Now in my third year here at Stetson University, I have witnessed quite a few changes, most of which have resulted in positive outcomes. Considering the coffee shops we’ve had in the past, and the survival rate, I believe the new coffeehouse was definitely a desired necessity.
My first year on campus, we had a kiosk located in the Quad which served Starbucks products. It was in the center of everything, and seemed like a great idea, but it did have a few flaws. The hours conflicted with most students’ study schedule, it closed rather early, and the lack of room for more than one or two machines made it difficult to grab a coffee when rushing to class.
Last year, we also had Stetson Station in addition to the kiosk. This shop had coffee, as well as books, magazines, tables and snacks. It also had a delivery service. The reason it didn’t survive was location and lack of awareness. It was located past the LBC, the Lynn Business Center, which was out of the way for many students.
The new coffeehouse is located in the CUB (Carlton Union Building), right next to the Commons, which is a great central location for all students. The ambiance is comforting and great for studying, especially since it is open until 2 a.m. — later than even the library. It also has books, games, TVs, couches, tables, and food including sushi from a local restaurant, making it a great place to hang out and relax.
Nina Laureano is a junior from Texas who is majoring in Marketing at Stetson University.
Did you know?
- The coffeehouse occupies the space formerly occupied by the Registrar’s Office, which has been moved to Elizabeth Hall. Read about the many office relocations that took part during Summer 2010.
- Office relocations and a recent campus landscape upgrade were part of SU’s Capital Improvements Projects. The Capital Improvements website tracked changes as they were taking place.