by Alanna Brown and Fatema Uddin
The arrival of the highly anticipated Hath Caff brings with it the joy of quick coffee breaks with friends and pumpkin spice lattes year round. We interviewed the students and teachers behind the project to find out more.
This cafe was conceived primarily to give students real-life business experience in a low-risk environment. This business has been in the works for a while as part of a plan to give the students at HB an application for the skills they acquire in the Center for Business and Finance. The idea originated from Ms. Sadler, and a student wrote a business plan for the shop as part of their Business and Finance Project. Now, after much time and thought, the coffee shop will finally open at HB. It will be run entirely by students. Izzy Catanzaro was named CEO, and when the Caff opens, more students are expected to be hired to work the counters. The executive team is also hoping to have hours outside of the school day, including before and after school.
The initial profits earned from the Caff will go primarily towards paying off expenses such as construction, supplies, and utilities in addition to paying salaries of the workers. As the business grows, the managers will decide what to do with any proceeds. However, Izzy plans to invest much of any profits made back into the company, allowing the shop to grow. Following the school motto of Learning for Life, the Hath Caff plans to initiate a professional business setup by allowing the executive committee of students to make decisions and plan for failures. This will be a learning experience for all involved, but we’re sure the Caff will be able to run with few issues thanks to the talents of the leadership team and advisory board.
Menu options will be determined by the executive team, but be on the lookout for a possible survey to help them choose what products to carry. The choices will hopefully include a range of coffee, juices, baked goods, and possibly smoothies. State law requires that the school must serve as many non-caffeinated as caffeinated beverages, but in the end the managers will have to decide whether to put health or demand first. The team does want as many products as possible in the Hath Caff to be bought locally, including the coffee which will be from Cleveland Coffee Company in Downtown Cleveland. This company provides products to many businesses in the Cleveland area, including Zagara’s Marketplace in Cleveland Heights. The team will also have to decide ways to reduce competition with the HBPA and the Brown Bag. The Hath Caff is entirely separate from the Brown Bag and will most likely not take snack cards or carry similar items.
Construction on the Caff is scheduled to end in mid-to-late-October, but keep in mind there are still many unknowns at this point. The team hopes to have everything ready to go by the end of this semester. Let’s hope everything is ready in time to get that pumpkin spice latte we all are looking forward to!
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