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By ALAINA BARTEL
Daily News Staff Writer
The entrepreneurship class at Ketchikan High School has opened a school store, called the Kings Armory, to help inspire more school spirit and wearable pride amongst students and within the community.
Allegra Machado, a career and technical education teacher at Kayhi, launched the new entrepreneurship class in an effort to bring more business electives to the school. She said the class chose to open a school store because having a central place to purchase Kayhi gear was important to them, especially after seeing similar school stores operating in other Southeast communities.
“It’s a great group of savvy, future entrepreneurs that are interested in business basics,” Machado said in an email to the Daily News.
She noted the students are currently studying different aspects of the retail business, including market research, store location, pricing, promotions, advertising, staffing, customer service, purchasing, inventory, risk management, and financial and business planning.
“The Kings Armory is a great way for them to see how it all comes together in a real life store scenario,” Machado added. “The students decided which items to initially sell, they designed all of the layouts, chose vendors, determined pricing, are working the store and have headed up our social media advertising.”
The students expressed a big interest in wanting to be able to accept credit cards to hopefully inspire customers to make bigger purchases with ease, she said, so they purchased a Square Point-of-scale system and will be accepting credit cards.
To start the armory, the students needed seed money for the school — so they put together a formal presentation and pitched their idea to Kayhi Principal Bob Marshall, and he “jumped on board” with the it, helping forward fund their first orders, according to Machado.
Also helping the students fulfill the school store dream was Kayhi’s welding students, as they created a rolling desk for the store.
The Kings Armory will be opened during lunches at school, after school and at some big events on weekends, such as the Bill Weiss Invitational wrestling tournament.
It was also open during Meet the Kings basketball night on Saturday, where the students had several spirit gear items available, including hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, T-shirts, socks, winter hats, stickers, tattoos and foam fingers.
Future items the students hope to offer include fanny packs, seat cushions, travel mugs, baseball caps, window clings, alumni designs and long-sleeve tees, according to Machado.
The Kings Armory is located across from the main gym doors, under the stairs in the Kayhi commons.