Students showcase entrepreneurial spirit on the Quad

September 16, 2022

Student showcases his fashion pieces to the community on the Quad

Several students within the Bobcat community came together to display their passion turned purpose through their innovative entrepreneurial ventures on Wednesday on the Quad during a pop-up shop.

Mode De Vie Lifestyle

For Dior Barnes, fashion is more than a statement, it’s a lifestyle. Fresh out of high school, Barnes stepped into the shoes of a fashion designer, eager to create pieces that stand out. As a junior business management major, Barnes is applying his entrepreneurial mindset as he continues to expand his brand, Mode De Vie Lifestyle, into a competitive, high-quality fashion line.

Dior Barnes sells his fashion pieces on the Quad during a pop-up-event

Cover Art

Stop ordering outdated posters and request a custom art piece from Cole Johnson, senior media studies and entrepreneurship double major. Johnson may be a hard-working student, but he is a harder-working artist. His brand VZN Scary intertwines digital and physical art to create one-of-one artwork that is truly one of a kind.

Cole Johnson sells his custom art pieces on the Quad

Crafts By Eri

During quarantine, senior accounting major Eriana Lleshi had nothing but time on her hands, so she decided to pick up crocheting as a new hobby. When she realized the therapeutic effects of her new craft, Lleshi became inspired to start her own custom crochet and embroidery business, @crafts_by_eri on Instagram.

Eriana Lleshi sells her crochet pieces on the Quad

Composure LLC

Say goodbye to stubborn calluses and ashy elbows: Bryan Zielgelhofer’s preservative-free lotion line will please your dry skin, as well as your senses. In July 2021, Zielgelhofer launched Composure LLC, a skincare brand featuring aromatic and therapeutic products composed of all-natural materials.

Bryan Zielgelhofer selling his preservative-free lotion on the Quad during a pop-up-shop event

Pet Rocks 

Always up for a challenge, senior Tyler Gorman sought to find a way to showcase his business and marketing skills without a flashy product for sale. “It’s not always the product, it’s the salesman,” said Gorman, pointing to his display of googly-eyed pet rocks. By offering customers the promise of unconditional companionship and appealing to the emotions of consumers, Gorman’s pet rocks reveal the power of strong marketing tactics.

Tyler Gorman displays his pet rocks at the Quad pop-up-shop event

Ryan Holden

Pictures can say a thousand words, and Photos by RCH has a lot to say. Photographer Ryan Holden has been capturing emotional images for over a decade, but finally decided to officialize his company in March of 2022. Whether it be event coverage, a family portrait, or a professional headshot, Holden’s picture-taking skills will leave you speechless.

Ryan Holden sells his photographs during a pop-up-shop event


Briana Sambolin believes that fashion is attainable without breaking the bank, and recognizes the impact second-hand clothing stores have on working communities. Sambolin, a sophomore business undeclared major, started her own thrift shop this summer to provide her community with affordable, yet fashionable clothing options.

Briana Sambolin on the Quad with her thrift store pop-up-shop

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