This year’s Holmen High School model store is called The Lodge and has a distinctly north woods feel.
The model store will be run by students from the school’s entrepreneurship class. Operations department manager Noah Kosin and his group members suggested the name The Lodge for the store and classmates approved the name because it suggested friendship and hominess.
“It’s cabin-y,” said Brittney Jennings, a co-manager of the store.
The model store has been the class project of students enrolled in the high school’s entrepreneurship class for the past 21 years. The seniors create the store in the high school’s regular store space to gain hands-on experience operating a business.
“Our store is organized and led by senior students, and it is a nonprofit organization,” said promotions department manager Ashley Hillis. “The entrepreneurship class is divided into department teams in order to simulate a real business environment.”
Along with Kosin, Jennings and Hillis, other management team members are co-manager Amber Wuensch, human resources department manager Nick Post and sales department manager Noah Price.
The store will open Friday, Dec. 8, with a soft opening beginning at 3 p.m. and will be open until 7 p.m. The store will hold a grand opening Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
The Lodge will be open until Friday, Dec. 15, with weekday store hours running from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The store is closed on the Sunday of that week.
Along with Viking fan apparel, other items available for purchase at The Lodge include wood handcrafts, candles, cards, home décor and holiday treats from Finnottes and The Pearl in La Crosse.
The grand opening schedule includes an introduction to the store, speeches by high school principal Robert Baer and Holmen Village President Nancy Proctor, entertainment and activities. As in the past, Misty’s Dance Unlimited and the Sand Lake Elementary choir will perform. In addition to shopping, other activities include cookie decorating and face painting.
The students also will offer an entrepreneur boot camp for elementary students.
This year, the entrepreneur class is also offering coffee beverages in the Maroon Cup, the high school’s coffee shop. During the week, the coffee shop is operated by developmentally disabled students.
The entrepreneur class is partnering with Games People Play again this year to sell Viking wear through an online store. The online store opened Nov. 13 to accept orders for logo gear which can be shipped to the buyer’s home or picked up at the school.
Each year, the model store raises money to assist someone connected with the school district.
“Our charity cause this year is HHS community member Jeff Wall, who recently went through open heart surgery,” said Hillis, “and the Wall family is now left with very expensive medical bills.”
The Walls have students in the school district.
In another fundraising event, the HHS students are teaming up with Burrachos Mexican Grill by distributing tickets offering 25 percent off any entree at the restaurant. The students need to have 50 people take part in the promotion to receive the discount and a percentage of the sales. Tickets will be available from entrepreneur students at the high school as well as at the door of the restaurant.
More information about the store and other activities can be obtained by contacting Hillis at firstname.lastname@example.org.