It’s no Starbucks, but McCormick’s Cafe in Franklin Central High School serves a pretty good cup of Frappuccino and latte.
Now in its third year, the cafe is open from 7-7:50 a.m. school mornings and can do up to $40 in daily business.
But Adam Stachel, a member of the shop’s marketing staff, wants the cash register ringing more often.
“I’m putting flyers up all over the school, handling the social media and doing whatever I can to promote McCormick’s Cafe,” the senior said. “We have a good product; we just have to do a better job in getting the word out. We are fortunate to be one of only a few high schools that has a coffee shop.”
Stachel says people from the community can try out the cafe if they get guest passes from the school.
The shop, which also serves tea, hot chocolate and granola bars and sells basketball and football jerseys, is named after its founder, the late John McCormick, who taught and coached baseball at Franklin Central before he died of cancer.
Located in a separate room in the cafeteria, the cafe is manned by 16 students, all of whom are enrolled in advanced business administration, which is taught by Edward Berry.
Berry is the teacher sponsor of the cafe, but the students have 100 percent control and say in how it is operated.
“Mr. Berry hand-picked who he wanted, and he allowed us to pick some interns,” Stachel said. All the students wear baseball jerseys and take turns in being baristas.
“It was my idea for the jerseys, in memory of coach McCormick,” Stachel said. Each jersey features a number and the employee’s last name.
The employees are opportunistic, as evidenced by selling hot chocolate at the school’s No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween event. “We sold almost $500 worth,” said Stachel, who plans to study business administration at Ball State. “Working at the cafe has been a nice introduction to business. I am learning a lot.”