The Crossing Cafe replaced the Connections Cafe in the College of Business Administration and opened for business on Monday.
“The Crossing Countdown”, a giveaway sweepstake launched by COBA students promoted the opening of The Crossing Cafe’s newly renovated store over Twitter and Facebook.
ACU students were randomly selected for different prizes on Sept. 9. Students simply had to share the COBA Crossing Cafe fan page on Facebook or Twitter to be eligible to win.
Allie Rostron, senior marketing major and CEO of Crossing Cafe from Llano, is leading this student-run operation that has partnered with Wildcat Ventures. She said many changes have been made that students will be pleased with.
“We created a more relaxed and stress-free environment for students to come to in between classes,” Rostron said.
The cafe has been renovated with new tables, cabinets and chairs. There have also been minor changes to the popular menu that existed in the previous cafe. Rostron said both the marketing stand point and menu are open to student suggestions.
Katherine Garner, senior marketing major and cafe and market manager from Arlington, Alex Gabriele, freshman student worker from Cypress, Jacob Alexander, junior theater major and student worker from Amarillo and Caroline Hardie, junior marketing major and student worker from Arlington, are all directly involved with the cafe.
The cafe has also partnered up with Emineo Art Gallery, started by Thomas Griffin, senior marketing major and founder of the gallery from Marble Falls.
“There is a real need for quality and talented artists in society today,” Griffin said.
With the help of Aaron Johnson, psychology and art major from Washington D.C., and Stephen Reyes, multimedia art major from San Diego, Calif., Griffin said the website is a great opportunity for students to showcase their abilities. Students will be chosen to present their artwork at the Crossing Cafe and the Emineo Art Galley Website every six weeks.
Although Bean Bucks are not yet allowed, Campus Cash is acceptable for use. Some of money earned by the cafe will be donated to student development and learning programs as well as scholarships.
“We desperately wanted to give back to the campus and give people the opportunity to positively affect someone’s life,” Rostron said.
The operating hours for the cafe are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.