|@St. Norbert November 2006 - Discoveries International||St. Norbert College|
Discoveries International is located in the former St. Boniface Church, the same building that houses the College bookstore, at 400 Grant Street in De Pere.
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Unique discoveries are stock-in-trade for campus store
'Tis the season for Christmas shopping and St. Norbert's own store, Discoveries International, may be just the place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.
Discoveries International occupies a little nook in the lobby of the campus bookstore. Although small in size, the scope of the store is a window on the whole world. Its selection of merchandise includes handcrafted items from developing countries like Guatemala, Kenya, Peru and Zambia.
Earrings from the rainforest, woolen sweaters made in Peru, brightly colored scarves and decorative pieces are among the goods on offer. Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and cannot be found anywhere else in the area, says Carly Lacosse '09, a student worker in the store.
Each year, all the profits are donated to two charities. This year's profits support the Children of Alto Cayma, an organization sending aid to children in Peru, and the Zambia Project, a student organization on campus that offers educational aid to Africa.
The store is run by international business and language area studies majors. The students get hands-on experience on how to operate a small business by applying what they have learned in class to manage everything from marketing, selecting and pricing merchandise, tracking inventory and running the store.
Joy Pahl (Business Administration), the adviser for Discoveries International, says the store teaches her students all kinds of lessons in business and in culture. She tells them, "You make a sale, you help a child. If you satisfy a customer, you may be able to buy a textbook for a child in Zambia."
Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of its merchandise, sales are limited to walk-in customers but, if you are near the campus this holiday season or at any other time, stop in Discoveries International.