Student-Run Boutique to Open on Campus

Students in Harper College's Fashion Merchandising program this month will launch a unique on-campus boutique boasting a variety of handcrafted items from Harper faculty and students.

The store, named Studio V in a nod to the five senses, is already slated to include garments from fashion professors; jewelry made by fashion students; works from Harper's ceramics studio; printed cards from the Graphic Arts Department; and CD recordings from music professors. 

Cheryl Turnauer, chair of Harper's fashion program, says the boutique will serve as a teaching lab for Merchandising students, allowing them hands-on experience to hone their skills. She envisions an always-evolving inventory, featuring everything from one-of-a-kind clothing to photography and pottery.

"This is a win for everyone. Our merchandising students get the invaluable experience of launching and running a real retail location, our campus artists get a venue for their work, and the public gets a sensational shopping opportunity," Turnauer says. "Our students will undoubtedly be better-positioned for success because of this experience."

The store is housed in Harper's Building V on the west side of campus. The space, formerly used for the College's plant science program, has been transformed hour by hour by Merchandising students into a boutique and classroom.

The grand opening is on Thursday, November 29. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Studio V is accessible from the Roselle Road entrance on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159