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Items from around the world sold at new PSU student-ran store

Posted: Updated: Nov 15, 2013 10:14 AM

Textbook lessons turn into real life experiences for students at Pittsburg State University. 

A store in Pittsburg's downtown district is now owned and operated by students from the University. 

The project will not only educate students on running a business, it will also help families living in poverty. 

Krimson Kultuur is located off Broadway near the Pittsburg's Chamber of Commerce.

"We basically apply everything we learn in the classroom to real life skills," said Junior at Pittsburg State Kavita Sharma.

Students with the university organization Enactus started the store from the ground up. 

"They [students] may have had a basic marketing class, or a management class now they get to see how it works in the real world," said Pittsburg State Enactus Advisor Suzanne Hurt.  

Items in the store include handmade clothing, jewelry, and pieces of art from around the world.  
Students also hope the community can learn from the memorabilia inside the store. 

"I think it's amazing to see what's outside of Pittsburg, Kansas and what's going on in other countries around the world," said Sharma. 

Krimson Kultuur is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Posted November 12, 2013


Enactus store to open Thursday with ribbon cutting

After months of planning and preparation, Pittsburg State's Enactus group is ready to open its new store in downtown Pittsburg.

Krimson Kultuur, the new student-run store that will sell products from the 10,000 Villages organization, will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, with an official ribbon cutting celebration. The store is located at 111A W. 4th Street.

"We are very excited to open our doors to the public," said Enactus President Sam Bogle. "We think we have a lot of products that people will enjoy, and it will be fun to finally give this thing a go."

Shelby Brooks, Enactus member and project chairperson, said she's anxious to see the public's reaction to the new store.

"We've put a lot of work into this, and we have high hopes for the store," she said.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In September, Enactus received a Pritchett Trust grant in the amount of $10,850 to help fund the store.

Jeff Wilbert, Pittsburg's downtown development director, worked closely with Enactus to help the students find a location for their store.

"I really appreciate PSU's Enactus students wanting to bring their store to the downtown district," Wilbert said. "I see this as one more opportunity for the university and City of Pittsburg to work together for the betterment of not only the students but the entire community. They are a very dedicated, hardworking group of students who set out on a mission and work until it is accomplished."

Founded in 1946, 10,000 Villages sells handmade gifts, jewelry and other pieces of art that were produced by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Product sales help pay for food, education, health care and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

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