In the beginning of the pandemic, the McClaskey Culinary Institute decided to limit the hours of the Retail Bakery and Coffee Shop. Because of low student attendance on campus, the hours were cut in half, causing the institution to struggle.
Jaquie Milam, a current bakery instructor, retail bakery manager, and former Clark College Culinary Alumni, feels as though the current hours are unsuitable for many students and facilities.
“Right now when we are open people are in class. They come by when they can, but we don’t have as much traffic as we used to.” Milam said.
Currently, the bakery is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Pre-Covid-19, the bakery was open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Milam recalls that most of the traction to the stand was during the afternoons, usually 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The current hours are based on what the organizers feel is best for the Institution. The Indy did not receive a response from organizers by our press time.
“We were hoping to be open later this quarter, but there still are just not a lot of people on campus right now,” Milam said. “We are hoping by next fall we will be able to open our hours more.”
Milam hopes that extending the hours will “revamp the program”.
Bethany Fischer, a barista at the coffee cart, is asking students and faculty to leave their opinions about extending hours on comment cards.
“We can’t accept tips, but, the best ‘tip’ you could give us is leaving a comment card asking for extended hours.” Fischer said.
Comment cards can be found at the Bakery and Coffee shop register and the counter where drink orders are picked up.