day at PLU comes,
students scatter to points near and far.
Some join the Peace Corps, land jobs in New York City or are
found just off Park Avenue South.
Street neighborhood, just beyond the shadow of Harstad Hall,
has been an integral part of PLU for many decades. The merchants
on the street provide a variety of services necessary to the
university community. From the Post Office to the restaurants,
every shop can count Lutes among their customers.
One of the
newest additions is Garfield Street DVD, owned and operated
by Don Jacobson '01. After working at an independent film rental
store, he saw a future in an enterprise he enjoys.
a location, Jacobson realized that this neighborhood was in
need of the service he could provide. "There are no other
video stores near PLU." The week he was contemplating setting-up
shop a sign popped-up in the Garfield Street window and the
choice was clear. His DVD rental and sales store was born. And
how's the new business doing? "Pretty good so far. We're
paying our bills," Jacobson said. Sales and rentals are
even better than he expected, which allows him to bring in more
DVD's without going into the red.
know a lot of people around here and I want to hang around with
people I like," Jacobson expressed while sitting in front
of the large TV at the counter of the store. Lutes who spend
time on the street echo his sentiment.
the street, PLU Northwest hosts a variety of events and provides
items from Scandinavia, the Northwest and PLU. Some alumni sell
their art, including Julie Ueland '79, who returned to the neighborhood
in order to sign and create works for shoppers at an open house
just before Christmas.
like Marzano, From the Bayou and Tuscany, neighbors on the street,
keep a fair supply of alumni employed as well. Kevin Roy, owner
of From the Bayou is always pleased to have good employees to
hire from the university. He has employed about a half a dozen
graduates in the restaurant's four-year history. Marzano's story
is similar with both students and alumni working there.
Cunningham '00, her job at Tuscany affords her the ability to
fulfill other interests including working for AmeriCorps and
the chance to see familiar faces. "There are a lot of people
I wouldn't see if I didn't work here," she said, "and
leaving this little nest is really hard."
At the Northern
Pacific Coffee Company, formerly an audio rental store, at the
corner of C Street, tables and posters replace the boxes that
used to sit at the store's perimeter. The shop welcomes people
to the PLU thoroughfare and keeps inviting them back, even after
graduation. Stephen Minor, the shop's owner, has employed many
PLU graduates, but is pleased that NPCC maintains a loyal fan
base within the community. He notices that alums who stay in
the area have made only a slight change-getting their regular
morning coffee on their way to work, instead of on their way