Paul and Ringo

Paul & Ringo ❤


Paul and Ringo

Paul & Ringo ❤

Upcoming opportunities

This week, Paul and I took a trip to Indianapolis to look for businesses we could mirror in Franklin. While we were up there, we took pictures and notes in order to see how the businesses work and what kind of crowd they attract. We found a store we really liked with all sorts of quirky decor.
As far as Franklin goes, we feel as if the Antique Mall building would be best used as a multipurpose area. From what we found, we thought a store similar to what we found in Indy would work, along with a soda shop like the one in Columbus.
At this point the best thing for us to do is to put some ideas out on the table and see what the city would like to do with those ideas.


cassettes (by sensitive-eyes)


cassettes (by sensitive-eyes)

(via z3bro)

This week I have been working on challenging the use of a few buildings in downtown Franklin. The antique mall and an empty building next to the t-shirt express shop are being renovated, but only for the use of an informational center and potentially another law firm. This picture is just a list of what I could do with some of these buildings.

This week I have been working on challenging the use of a few buildings in downtown Franklin. The antique mall and an empty building next to the t-shirt express shop are being renovated, but only for the use of an informational center and potentially another law firm. This picture is just a list of what I could do with some of these buildings.

Meeting/ New ideas

This Monday I had a meeting with a woman from Discover Downtown Franklin named Megan, where we talked about pursuing business ideas and connecting all parts of Franklin with downtown.

From the meeting, I now understand that the retail businesses and Discover Downtown don’t collaborate often, and when they do, not much happens.

I told her that more businesses should try to pursue ventures that tie together the college, high school, and the rest of downtown.

After the meeting I started thinking about what ideas I could contribute to start up a business to make Franklin a bigger hub for outside shoppers/sightseers.

We have a beautiful historic town that gives Franklin a stand out quality, but we lack the need for nicer businesses.

In Franklin, we need to have businesses like this:

-Cheese and wine shop
-Produce/Flower store
-Meat market
-Affordable lunch shop based around the college

After my meeting, I called the man who owns the candy store where I work to see if he would be interested in any of my ventures. He was completely on board, but wants me to do some outside research to see which would be most successful in our area.

In addition to my reflection

In addition to my reflection over the coffee shop, there are state standards we covered needed to be mentioned. Indiana’s state standards range from English and Language Arts all the way to Math. In my project I covered many aspects of this spectrum.

In the standards are mentioned the concept of college readiness, which is where the majority of my project was highlighted. I built independence by taking on this project almost completely by myself, calling the people I needed, and making large business decisions on my own. I built a great deal of knowledge on my topic, along with how it would affect students, staff, and the cafeteria. In this standard, responding to task, discipline, audience, and purpose was mentioned, which I also did. I responded to task by completing everything required to make the coffee shop happen, I responded to discipline by realizing what it meant to follow the rules put upon me by the state, school and food services. I responded to audience by taking into consideration the needs of our student body and talking to them about what the project would entail, and lastly, I responded to purpose by recognizing what I was doing this for and how it would affect those people. I also converted the idea that I’m supposed to understand critique, which I received plenty of, and took it as advice, rather than a put down. I used social media to help advertise my project and the cause. Lastly, under “college readiness”, I covered the understanding I other perspectives, which included Mrs. Overton and the way she looked at the completion side of the shop, and Mr. Harter’s perspective as a new principal trying to stay in a positive light with everyone involved with the system.

In the writing standards, the state includes comprehension, collaboration, and presentation of knowledge and ideas. I did this by working with other students and staff to make sure the shop would go smoothly, and I presented my ideas to Mr. Harter, Mrs. Overton, the state food services, Mrs. Doles, and Mrs. Wooldridge.

On the technical side of my project, I had to check the content of every product we bought, I had to make an estimate of how much product I would need, how much I would spend, and what it would take to earn that back. I had to make a detailed business plan to make sure the project was completed in an orderly way, and I had to keep track of what was being used.

More than anything, I’ve learned what it’s like to be told “no” and I’ve learned how to go beyond that. What I’ve seen through this project is parallel to what happens in real life, which is more of a lesson than any standard could cover.

Way off topic but worth writing about

In the scheme of things, this won’t matter to me in 7 months once I’ve graduated and moved on to college, but I feel like I have some solid points regarding school lunches across the state and our country. I feel that because I’m a teenager I can relate very easily to this situation and give some decent input. I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea here, because I’m all about being healthy, but I’d like to challenge some of these regulations.

If you take a moment to imagine you’re inside a child or teenagers mind, this may be easier to understand, so bare with me.

With some exceptions, most children and teenagers spend around 7 hours of their day at school 5 days a week. If that student eats only lunch at school, (which is usually the case) that means their school is only accountable for 5 meals a week. If that student or child eats a regular 3 meals a day, that means they have a total of 21 meals a week not including snacks. With this being said, we all realize that 5 meals out of 21 meals doesn’t really make much of a difference, and I can second that.

Although this is hardly even a dent in these kids’ overall food intake, I do think its necessary to regulate what elementary school children eat for their lunch in school. Eating habits are established in the adolescent years and along with regulating school lunches, parents of these youngsters need to realize there are easy and inexpensive ways to the healthily feed their children.

As for middle schoolers, I think parents can agree with me when I say THEY EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT, and this has some truth to it. From 6th grade through 8th grade are some of the most important physical changes these kids will run into, and eating healthy is a large part of it. Although this is crucial for growth, it is also crucial for responsibility. They should be given more choices than those of the elementary students, because in reality high school is all about choices. What may not affect you now, could potentially affect you later, and this is a concept they all need to grasp sooner than they do.

And lastly, are the high school students. I don’t think we need to be “let loose” by any means, but we need to prepare ourselves for when we move on to college or the future and realize that the only person to hold you back from deciding what to eat is yourself. Many students find that when they go off to college, they gain a significant amount of weight. This is because they aren’t used to making these decisions on their own. As your body matures, it becomes much more difficult to lose this weight, and without motivation, the weight will stay. Trying to force high schoolers to eat healthy is really only coddling them.

When they are forced to buy food they didn’t originally want, they buy more food, except more UNHEALTHY food. When they feel as if they didn’t get enough to eat, they will stop by a vending machine, or maybe even at a fast food restaurant on their way home. They may even go straight home and eat a much larger “after school snack” than they normally would.

As young adults we will automatically be faced with tougher decisions the older we get. With eating healthy seeming like one of the easier decisions, we often overlook what we put into our bodies, but if we do not form good habits from the beginning we will simply choose the easier option, which is usually the unhealthy foods. But if we are faced with this decision after being brought up on a healthier diet, more often than not, we choose what is better for us.

What do you choose?

I just had a meeting with Mr. Harter and Mrs. Overton. The shop isn’t allowed to be open during the morning or during lunch. Only after school or during after school events.

I realize I’m being closed-minded, but the mornings are the best time to sell. After school could work, but sales won’t be nearly as high. People drink coffee in the morning, not the afternoon.

I almost feel cheated that I’ve spent the last 9 weeks working on something that wasn’t you to work.