Coffee Brings Opportunity for Community Tabor faculty, staff and students as well as Hillsboro community members gathered on Jan. 4 in the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts to get their first taste of the building’s new coffee shop, Adrienne’s offering Starbucks® coffee. The coffee shop, which was named after the donor’s late wife, operates under the “We Proudly Serve™ Starbucks” label, serving Starbucks menu staples. According to Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, the coffee shop helps fulfill one of his goals for the new building: to become a “third place” for the entire Tabor and Hillsboro communities. “We hope it will be a place to build community on the Tabor campus,” Glanzer said. “It will be a place where all of the students and all of the faculty and staff will be able to gather. We also want it to be a gift to the community that they will feel at home to come here.” Glanzer said he specifically chose Starbucks for three reasons. The first was “to provide a reflective and
comfortable place for students to gather.” “This is a reflective, quiet place,” he said. “This is where you come and have a cup of coffee with a friend and have a serious conversation, come and read a book, come and sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, relax and be reflective.” Second, Glanzer wanted a place that allows the community to come to campus on a regular basis. “And three,” he said, “is to promote the college and increase the number of students. When our admissions counselors are on the road and they say, ‘We have a Starbucks on campus,’ it’s like, ‘Oh wow, you must be OK.’” Adrienne’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Former Tabor student Emma Roberts was hired to manage the coffee shop, and she will be responsible for marketing the shop and hiring students and community members. Roberts said she hopes the shop fosters community on campus. “It’s a big space and we can have Bible studies and a quiet place to do homework,” she said. “I hope we can bring the community and Tabor students together here.” According to Glanzer, the shop will be open year-round. “There’s a plaza out front and in summer, we’ll be able to put tables out there and sit outside,” he said. “It’ll just be a great atmosphere where people can feel at home.”
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