College students are known for drinking plenty of coffee to get them through their studies.
And now, coffee is part of the educational process for students in the Entrepreneurship Club at Minot State University.
Carla Burbidge explains.
Step into the Beaver Brew Cafe, a new coffee place in the Beaver Ridge Plaza, on North Broadway, right across from Minot State University. It opened recently. Should be a great hang-out for college students, at least that's what the hope is.
But this coffee shop is somewhat different than you might expect. The Beaver Brew Cafe is a unique concept. It is owned by the MSU Foundation, made possible by a one-million dollar donation to the Severson Entrepneurship Club. For the past several months, every detail of this business has been planned out by Minot State students.
Jordon Lakoduk, President Entrepreneurship Club
It's a learning lab for students, "we did the planning, lay out, met with contractors, everything"
The cafe features various coffee drinks and smoothies. They use Mo-Jo Roast Coffee,a North Dakota company. The goodies are from Minot businesses, B & D caramel rolls, and Cookies for You cookies.
Staffing will include students in the entrepreneurship Club as well as interested students from other departments. The cafe has space to host musical events. and they will decorate the walls with art from MSU students. The Beaver Brew Cafe is public cafe, but it showcases students.
Jordon Lakoduk, "to actually start a business like this, with no money in it, thanks to a wonderful donation, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity"
It is hoped the aroma of good coffee, makes for a good business.
The Beaver Brew Cafe may be student run. But like any business, the goal is to be competitive, yet profitable. In Minot, Carla Burbidge KX News
The Beaver Brew Cafe opened for business in July with limited hours - but will be open much longer once the new college year begins.