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April 13, 2015

Saxbys, Drexel open first completely student-run café

Students will earn co-op credit

Cafe Saxbys
04132015_Saxbys Photo Courtesy/Katy Rambo

Saxbys partnered with Drexel University to create the nation’s first entirely student-run café where students earn credit through a University cooperative education (co-op) program.

Through a partnership between Saxbys Coffee and Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, the Saxbys café on campus will be the nation’s first 100 percent student-run café where students earn credit through a University cooperative education (co-op) program.

Saxbys Chief Executive Officer and founder Nick Bayer joined Drexel University President John Fry, 11th term U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah and Dean of Drexel’s Close School of Entrepreneurship Donna De Carolis on Monday morning to celebrate the opening of the café at 65 N. 34th St.

Bayer, Fry, Fattah and De Carolis toasted the shop’s grand opening by taking the café’s first espresso shot together. 

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As part of their six month co-op experience, students will be able to work in the café in supervisory roles. 

Drexel junior and café manager Kelsey Goslin has assumed full responsibility for operations, while fellow student Meghan Regan served as the café’s inaugural manager. Regan played a key role in hiring and developing the shop's student team. 

Drexel's co-op program is one of the largest in the nation.


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