More than three years ago, President John deSteiguer proposed the idea of an on-campus coffee shop to Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard. Thursday night, the Brew, Oklahoma Christian University’s new coffee shop, opened its doors for the first time to graduating seniors.
The $551,000 coffee shop features coffee and other beverages, a variety of seating options and a full view of the south side of campus. The space also includes an open-mic space, a custom handmade table inside a conference room and access to the newly-renovated Ethos office.
Senior Abby Davis, who attended the soft-opening Thursday, said she loved the shop the moment she walked in.
“The aesthetic in here is the perfect coffee shop feel,” Davis said. “I think it will provide a really relaxing place to study or get work done. I hope people take advantage of it and really support the business we have here at school rather than going off to other places. I think that can boost this community even more.”
Senior Coby Poole also attended the opening and also said the shop was aesthetically pleasing.
“I think the Brew is really cool,” Poole said. “The hot chocolate is absolutely fantastic and all the chairs are comfortable.”
Like Davis, senior Kristen Wheeler said she thinks the Brew will keep more students on campus.
“I think it provides a good, chill spot that keeps students on campus instead of feeling like they need to go off campus to a coffee shop just to be,” Wheeler said. “And the view is great.”
The Brew will be open to all students beginning Monday, April 17 through April 21 from 7- 11 p.m., Saturday, April 22 from 2-10 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 from 4-8 p.m. Summer hours have yet to be announced.