Carmel Café started in 2014 when students of Carmel High School’s DECA entrepreneurship program began selling coffee in the back of the club’s spirit shop. In just a few years, the Cafe’s popularity exploded, with revenues reaching $90,000 in 2017. To support the club’s efforts, Fanning Howey worked with DECA students to transform the spirit shop into a state-of-the-art business lab. The newly renovated space supports Carmel Café and provides everything the students need to gain real-world business experience. From budgeting and logistics, to preparing beverages and working the register, students learn the ins and outs of running a business.
Our students have always had fun, but now they also take pride in the business. They even wear their work hats around school.