Today, I attended the most exciting event of the fall semester: the Grand Opening of McDaniel’s new on-campus convenience store, Green & Go! Green & Go is located in the heart of campus, Decker College Center, adjacent to The Pub and across from the McDaniel Bookstore. Students have been pleased to hear that Green & Go plans to stay open until 1 AM (which is later than the closest Wal-Mart stays open).
I arrived half an hour earlier than the store was scheduled to open and found a line of almost 50 kids already formed, excited to see what was inside and at the promise of a free tote bag to the first 100 guests. Once I finally got inside, I was blown away by the great selection. I knew that the space for the store was fairly small, and yet somehow the designers managed to squeeze in everything from toilet paper to milkshakes. Green & Go reminds me of WaWa, but because the store was designed in consultation with students, the products are geared toward what college students want and need.
To quickly summarize, the food items include: Green Mountain Coffee, bread, peanut butter, jelly, fluff, Nutella, honey, Italian ice, ice cream, milkshakes, milk, whipped cream, eggs, butter, yogurt cereal, cheese, vegetables (potatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, etc), tuna fish, hot dogs, lunch meat, sushi, pre-made sandwiches and salads, microwavable meals, doughnuts, soups, energy bars, candy, condiments, soda, juice, and of course EZ Mac. Then there were all the useful items I make my parents buy when they visit: trash bags, paper towel, Q tips, NyQuil Neosporin, Lysol, Febreeze, Tide, toothbrushes and paste, batteries, plastic plates, cups, and cutlery.
Green & Go is one of the best things that has happened to McDaniel since I’ve been a student. It will make living at McDaniel much, much easier. I don’t have a car and my family doesn’t live nearby, so even buying simple things like toothbrushes and EZ Mac can involve having to bum a ride from a friend or walk a mile to Wal-Mart. Now that Green & Go offers those important items right here on campus, my level of lazy can continue to skyrocket. I feel kind of like Americans must have felt when the drive-thru was invented. Well, now I need to head over to Green & Go to buy a bunch of snacks: I’m going to Hershey Park tomorrow and I don’t want to pay amusement park prices to eat!