Canadian Mennonite University was recently featured in the Winnipeg Free Press in an awesome story about the all-new commons building that houses its store, CommonWord. A collaboration with Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre, CommonWord expands on the previous store's hours, offers a wider range of merchandise and is more centrally located on campus.
We've included a short excerpt from a story by Brenda Suderman with the Winnipeg Free Press, but please read the story in its entirety here.
The not-for-profit venture combines an academic bookstore, giftware, fair-trade items such as coffee and olive oil from Ten Thousand Villages and a denominational resource center of books, DVDs, online videos, podcasts and other electronic resources.
"We want to invite people in," says manager Anita Neufeld, of the expanded offerings for sale.
"We want to engage our customers with things that are nice for gifting and things that are hard to give away."
But most of all, both Neufeld and (Arlyn Friesen Epp, one of the managers of CommonWord) want to offer their customers and users books and materials that are increasingly more difficult to find locally due to online retailing and electronic downloads.