Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile officially opened March 2017 at 329 Watson St. in downtown Ripon as part of Ripon College’s ongoing efforts to help with the revitalization of Main St.
This unique venue features a study bar with coffee service, a mercantile with official Ripon College apparel and gifts, flexible meeting space and a 30-student high-tech classroom. Students order textbooks online using one of their own devices or an online kiosk located in Bovay’s. An online apparel and gifts store supplements the brick and mortar mercantile.
Adjacent to Ripon’s popular J’s BBQ restaurant, the hip multi-purpose downtown location is just steps away from the Carnegie administration building. In response to student needs, Bovay’s is open late into the evening and features barista coffee service by Mugs Coffeehouse during peak study hours.
Student interns working in the space benefit from hands-on experiential training in marketing, event planning, apparel design, merchandising and small business management.
Bovay’s takes its name from Alvan Bovay, founder of “Bovay’s addition” to the early town, which created the south end of Watson Street and paved the way for the founding of Ripon College. Bovay’s life exemplifies active citizenship and public service. He played a central role in Ripon’s development and was a founder of Brockway College (later Ripon College) and of the new Republican Party, founded in Ripon in 1854.