What’s Brewing at the FBLA Coffee Shop?



Students from FBLA helping out with the coffee shop in the mornings.

Morgan Downing, Staff Reporter

In the 2020-2021 school year, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) took over the reins of the school coffee shop, which was previously run by the Baking a Difference club.

Located in the cafeteria, FBLA members can be found serving an array of goods such as hot coffee and pastries every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. Additionally, the shop is now open during Spartan period on days five and six. It’s a great hands-on learning opportunity for all FBLA volunteers, as well as a perfect way to start the day for Southern Lehigh’s hungry staff and students.

“I think it’s great for the kids to learn about running a business, whether it’s inventory, serving, making products, shelving, or counting money,” said Business teacher and FBLA co-advisor Mrs. Joann Peralta.

The club’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership development programs. The coffee shop is accomplishing this through instilling necessary skills in the future leaders of our society. 

“I learned how to interact with people while working in a professional environment,” said freshman FBLA member Luke Rizzo. “I learned important skills that I will use throughout the rest of my life.” 

While some of the money earned from their profits are used to support FBLA and its upcoming plans, including statewide competitions held in Hershey, one-third of their profit is donated to the SLHS food bank for local families in need.

“It feels good to know that I’m helping my club, school, and community by volunteering at the FBLA Spartan coffee shop,” said Rizzo.

Overall, the shop has created a positive atmosphere for staff and students alike, and FBLA looks forward to serving their community for numerous happy customers to come.

“It’s off the charts and it just keeps growing and growing,” said Mrs. Peralta, “Kids rely on it and look forward to it in the morning.”

Although the shop offers a wide variety of treats to choose from, iced coffee has proven to be the most popular item among students by far.

 “I like to get their caramel iced coffee,” said sophomore Alexa Yatsko, “I definitely recommend trying it; it’s very good.”