Brendon Johnson ’16 / Champlain News
Tucked away in the Fireside Lounge in the heart of campus’ IDX Student Life Center lies “The Lodge,” Champlain College’s student owned and operated coffee shop café and convenience store.
The Lodge was founded in Feb. 2012 by Champlain students George Taylor Bentz ’13 , Paxton Hall ’14, and Marley Jaffe ’14 through the Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz) program. The BYOBiz program at Champlain College gives entrepreneurial students the unique opportunity to present their business ideas to potential stakeholders. The management of The Lodge is organized so that each year the owners can choose to move on to other ventures and a new team of students can take over where the previous owners left off.
This year, as the founders and owners moved on, the dynamic duo of Digital Filmmaking major Jeremy Collins ’15 and Secondary Education major Lindsay Knebel ’15 were selected to become the new owners of The Lodge
Collins, who has worked at The Lodge since its creation, knew he wanted to have a bigger role in the project from the moment that he first interviewed to be a member of the team. “I had always wanted to be an owner because it is such a wonderful learning opportunity with minimal personal risk.” When Collins decided to pursue his dream of owning The Lodge, he knew exactly who he wanted his partner to be, Lindsay Knebel. Together the team of Collins and Knebel are bringing The Lodge to a whole new level this year, featuring a variety of new products, partnerships, and services.
This year The Lodge offers a wider variety of snacks and beverages than ever before; they have a new espresso machine and will have trained baristas on hand for all of your caffeinated needs. They have partnered with Moe’s Southwestern Grill to provide fresh burritos, and they hope to introduce more salads, sandwiches, and breakfast sandwiches as well. In addition to the variety of food and drink options that The Lodge has to offer, they also carry products from other student businesses on campus including hand-designed tapestries and homemade baked goods.
The Lodge is open Monday through Wednesdays from 7:45 a.m. to midnight. Thursdays and Fridays the hours are extended to 1:00 a.m.. Saturdays the Lodge is open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and Sunday they open at 11:00 a.m. and close up shop at midnight.
The Lodge kicked off this year with a grand opening ceremony on Sept. 9 with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a taco bar hosted by Moe’s. Collins announced at the event that he looks forward to a great year and hopes to hear feedback and ideas from his peers to help improve The Lodge even further.
For more information regarding The Lodge, visit their website at http://www.thelodgevt.com or contact them at PR@thelodgevt.com
Champlain College, known for its professionally oriented academic programs, has had various entrepreneurship clubs present on campus since 1985. With the increasing demand of a more professionally organized club, the group evolved into an innovative entrepreneurship education program called BYOBiz (Bring Your Own Business) in 2006. In the BYOBiz program, one can network and learn from successful entrepreneurs and other local experts in the strategic, financial, legal, technical, operational and managerial sectors of business ownership. Director Bob Bloch acts as a mentor and guides students’ ideas in the most opportune direction and connects them to outside sources. “They are undaunted; they see possibilities and you can just feel the energy they exude and their motivation to succeed,” said Bloch, “The students bring businesses from home or create new ones to add to Burlington’s growing small business community. They are passionate and are willing to take risks to achieve their goals.” For more information regarding the BYOBiz program, please visit their website or contact Director Robert Bloch at firstname.lastname@example.org