Do Cookies “Bake” Your Day?: Merging of Student Store and Student Union Café


Anna Selden

The complete selection at the updated Student Union Café.

At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Pine Crest students were surprised to hear that the Student Store had closed. Mary-Ellen State now runs the Student Union Café, which merges elements from the original café and the Student Store. The Student Union Café now sells baked goods and coffee, as well as snacks like chips and pretzels.

As Mary-Ellen explained, “It’s been an adjustment for [her] and the kids.” In many ways, the merging of the two stores is beneficial to the student body. Now everyone’s favorite snacks are all in the same place. Additionally, the Student Union Café is open during lunch periods, when the Student Store was previously closed. Type One talked to some students waiting in line at the café to hear their opinions on the merger.

Junior Alana van Woerkom said, “I like when the Union smells like cookies, but the line is usually too long. I think there were more snacks at the Student Store.”

Although most of the snack choices have remained the same, there is not enough space for the same variety of choices with only one storefront. Also, this merger has made for a longer line. The Café is often crowded, especially during lunch periods, with about ten or so students waiting on line at a time to order.  

Danielle Weisfisch ’20 has similar opinions. She said, “Although the line is too long and [she doesn’t] go as often, the cookies are just as good.”

Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, the Pine Crest community will have to adjust to the changes of this merger. But no matter where they are served, student store cookies will surely remain a favorite for many high school students.