Cinnaminson School Store

Project Description

Student Store

The Student Store
first opened in 1968. Operated by the juniors enrolled in Marketing Ed II, it is 900 square feet.

Hours of Operation

We are open from 7:20 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. for food. (Food service is discontinued then due to federal lunch program restrictions.) We are open until noon for all other items. During the holiday season we remain open in the evening for the convenience of parents in the community.

Special Services

House charge accounts are offered to faculty and staff, as is a limited house charge of $75 to all marketing students.
 Gift wrapping is available and includes huge pompom bows made by hand. All gift purchases are packed in our purple gift boxes marked with a silver CHS stamp.
 We not only sell Mylar and latex balloons in school, but we provide special balloon arches and centerpieces for events on campus as well as for dinners and catering jobs off school grounds. We are known for doing arches for fashion shows and graduations at the middle and elementary schools.
 Winning teams come to us to be supplied with spirit items such as team sweatshirts, T-shirts and jackets.
 Four small bistro tables and chairs are available and students may come to the student store for 15 minutes during study halls to snack and then return to study.
Items Available
Our best-selling food items include bagels, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, muffins, and brownies, coffee, tea and cappuccino, Pepsi and Coke products, and candy. Clothing and accessory items that have proven popular include jeans, gym suits, T-shirts, sweatshirts and school jackets, handbags and leather goods (wallets and key cases), jewelry-novelties, sterling silver and occasionally 14 kt gold-and greeting cards.

Our giftware includes Fitz and Floyd giftware, Possible Dream merchandise, Seraphin Angels by Roman, Annalee Dolls, Burnes of Boston frames, plush by Gund, candles by Slakin and hand-painted items.

Student Involvement

Older, experienced students become department managers with other students to assist them. Duties include keeping an accurate inventory of all stock, keeping areas neat and clean, and keeping merchandise moving by executing various promotions. While managers are responsible for contacting sales representatives for upcoming seasons, they also must keep the teacher-advisor informed as to the need for additional or new merchandise.

Our students are enthusiastic because of their vital involvement in store management and operations. They also experience "bonus" opportunities such as attending trade shows like the National Giftware Show in New York and the Fashion Boutique shows. Many important store decisions are made for the upcoming season at these shows.

Projects for Next Year

We hope to acquire additional collectible items such as Boyd Bears, Pritka Santas, Christmas Carolers and Dickens figures.


This operation really kicked off when we started selling Lee Jeans in the early '80s. Our other successes are based on the services we offer, such as the charge accounts for teachers and staff, and the quality of popular merchandise we carry at lower prices then gift stores. Both teachers and students do their gift shopping in the store and, for students, the Student Store is the "in" place to be.


Cinnaminson School Store

I: Learning Value of the Enterprise Project 

The enterprise allows students to explore career opportunities and develop real-life business experience including experience in merchandising, inventory management, purchasing and skills in window and interior display. They gain managerial experience by assuming department head positions in areas such as athletic wear, giftwear and food. Their development of staffing and scheduling teaches responsibility and consistency in management. In addition, the store provides realistic accounting opportunities in the keeping of accurate ledgers, managing payment of invoices based on weekly revenue from sales, and managing the in-house charge accounts for faculty, staff and marketing students.

II: Value of the Enterprise to the School
The store is popular with staff, especially for its breakfast foods such as bagels, juice, coffee and tea. That, plus its convenience for gift purchasing, with special emphasis on major holidays, is a service to the entire school. The store is also known in the community and is recognized by community and school customers for its well-known brands available at discounted prices. Special services such as gift-wrapping, gift baskets, balloon delivery (within the school), catering, etc., increase the visibility of this successful school project.
III: Relationship of the SbE to the Community
Special store promotions with profits donated to a community service or a charitable organization, as well as contributions of balloons and student staffing for community wide events, all help to spotlight the school, its students and the store in a positive light. Community members appreciate the training the students receive and also appreciate being able to take advantage of our products and services.
IV: Vendor Sources
New vendors are often obtained through attendance at regional and national trade shows. If you have been doing business with a vendor, use them in establishing credit with the nationally recognized vendors. Specific clothing and giftware vendors used include:

MVP (gym suits, sweat shirts)
Fitz & Floyd, Dallas, TX
The Mitchell Company, Lenexa, KS
Possible Dreams, Foxboro, MS
Kay Dee Designs (kitchen towels and mitts)
Seraphin Angels/Roman Inc., Chicago, IL
Flower's Inc., Bogart, GA
(balloons, related supplies)

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