By: Sam Bloomberg
Gilman’s smoothie bar has been delayed. Last year, the business office introduced the possibility of adding a smoothie bar to Gilman’s campus. When Mr. Sean Furlong sent out a survey entertaining the idea, it received a positive response from the majority of students. Seventy-eight percent of the student body said that it was a great concept, and 16% said it was a good concept; however, when asked what the exact status of the smoothie bar concept was, Mr. Furlong answered, “It’s something that we want to do, it’s just finding what we call ‘bandwidth.’” In order to implement it, there needs to be someone to manage the project and make sure that it runs smoothly. Mr. Furlong explained that Gilman was close to going ahead with it last year, but the business office just became too busy.
Although the actual process of implementing the smoothie bar has been postponed, there has been some progress made on the concept. Mr. Furlong decided to model the smoothie bar after the chain The Tropical Smoothie Cafe, after asking a number of students what they would want to eat during school. As the Tropical Smoothie Cafe doesn’t just sell smoothies, but other healthy snacks, it worked out well for what Mr. Furlong wanted. When asked what would be sold in the smoothie bar, he said it would sell smoothies, sandwiches, and salads. The smoothie bar would be a good way for students to have a healthy snack before athletics, as lunch is relatively early in the day.
As far as prices go, the smoothie bar will be non-profit, so there will be reasonably-sized smoothies for around $4. This also gives the possibilities for grades to raise money, as Mr. Furlong said, “Ideally, we were thinking maybe students may work it, and raise money for their class.” This idea was based on teaching a bit of a business sense to the students by giving something like a quarter per each smoothie purchased to the grade raising money. In order to pay for the food, students will be able to either charge to their Gilman accounts, or a debit system might be implemented where students or parents can put money in, and the student will just use that money. Ideally, it will be opened either before the fall of 2017, or the fall of 2018. It will be located at the far end of the annex closer to basement. While there will be a wait, the smoothie bar has not been forgotten.