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Stetson Station Brings Coffeehouse Atmosphere to Campus

Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008

Updated: Sunday, February 22, 2009 13:02

Stetson Station, a new coffeehouse on campus, is scheduled to open sometime mid-October. Annette Miller, Assistant to the Vice President for Finance/Auxiliary Services said, "It's something this community doesn't really have right now." The Stetson Station hopes to bring students a place where the quaint bookstores of downtown Deland and the coffee they love are combined to create a new hotspot on campus. Stetson Station is going to offer a full coffeehouse bar that will include freshly brewed coffee, espressos, mochas, cappuccinos, lattes, and frozen coffee drinks. Bottled beverages, energy drinks, and a variety of snacks will be available as well. The coffee shop will be Wi-Fi connected and carry a stock of books from the New York Times Best-Sellers list. The shop also hopes to eventually provide entertainment, such as open mic night and possibly even performances by music school students. The facilities can seat approximately 24 people inside and there will be space for outdoor seating if necessary. Stetson Station is set to be just the right size to create that coffeehouse feel. "It's going to be a surprise for students when they walk in. It's not going to feel like Einstein's," says Miller. The Station is set to open in mid-October, and hours will initially be 7:30am-8:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:30am-2:00pm on Fridays. "Our hope is to be open longer hours once it becomes more popular," says Rick Christensen, Director of Auxiliary Services. It will be located on Ohio Avenue, just east of the Lynn Business Center, in the old Greyhound bus station. The new coffeehouse will be open to both university students and the public, but students will be able to use their Hatter Bucks. In order to appeal to the wider market, in addition to best-selling books and magazines, the coffeehouse will also offer Stetson and non-Stetson merchandise and apparel, such as sandals, sunglasses, "maybe even all the way to board shorts and PJs," said Miller. Job opportunities will be available in the form of work-study positions, though they are currently filled. As of last year, Auxiliary work-study jobs are specifically designated to first-year students, but after the opening, when positions become available, they will be open to non-freshmen as well, said Christensen. Miller encourages students to "Get excited, because we are!"

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