Visitation Academy opened its new entrepreneurial venture, Crescent Coffee, on Monday, Sept. 9. The idea came from two students, Elizabeth Isaak and Bailey McGartland. Both are part of Visitation’s Ellen Thomasson Malecek Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, which combines a project-based, experiential learning curriculum with professional mentorship to help students develop the skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs.
“At first it seemed like a crazy idea, but after talking it through for a few months, we decided we should take it to Mr. McKeever who is the moderator of the entrepreneurial program,” said McGartland. “He liked our idea so much, he took it to Viz administration, and from there, the creation process began.”
Throughout the girls’ junior year, Isaak and McGartland met with mentors from the school’s administration as well as Park Avenue Coffee Founder and CEO Dale Schotte. Initial funding for the project was provided by the Visitation Academy Mothers’ Club, and the school covered the costs and labor required to renovate the space. This student-operated business is selling hot, iced, and frozen coffees, smoothies, teas, and other beverages to students, parents, faculty and visitors.
“We wanted to combine our desire to help the world around us with our passion for coffee in a way that no one at Viz had done before, said Isaak.” “While the purpose of the shop is to sell coffee, the intent runs much deeper. The plan is to divide any profits we make equally into savings for future supply purchases, charitable donations, and a need-based scholarship fund.”