The Greek Loft, newest addition to the Student Book Store

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MSU senior, Claire Nicholas, is an employee at The Greek Loft. She is customizing a T-shirt for a customer.

Sasha Zidar

MSU senior, Claire Nicholas, is an employee at The Greek Loft. She is customizing a T-shirt for a customer.

EAST LANSING – MSU students and residents usually go to the Student Book Store to pick up the latest MSU apparel or books for their classes. However, The Greek Loft has been attracting customers to the second floor of SBS.

“We just moved up here before Christmas. This is our first year in this location,” said Nicole Hribar, manager of The Greek Loft.

The Greek Loft, also known as Spartan Corner, has been at 103 River St. and was closed.

“We’re just consolidating … We just figured we could just focus on Greek life up here,” said Hribar. “We definitely have a need here with the greek life, nobody else around here really serves greek life on campus, so that keeps us in business and going strong.”

With such a big move, regular customers of Spartan Corner have had trouble finding the new location.

“Actually I looked it up online … People are not familiar with the new location” said Dennett Davis, a customer picking up paraphernalia at The Greek Loft. “I think you have to actually go into a store that was near the old area and they’ll direct you to here.” Davis said.

Owned by SBS, Spartan Corner started 25 years ago creating custom designs for MSU Greek life and local universities.

“We get people from other campuses where they don’t have Greek stores, so they come shop here,” said Hribar. “We get a lot of people from Central Michigan University and a few from the University of Michigan and then we have a lot of the small colleges around here, too.” Hribar said.

“We get people from other campuses where they don’t have Greek stores, so they come shop here,” said Hribar. “We get a lot of people from Central Michigan University and a few from the University of Michigan and then we have a lot of the small colleges around here, too.” said Hribar.

The Greek Loft has also attracted non-Greek curious shoppers in SBS.

“You can come in and order one shirt at a time if you want or you can come in and order 50 to 100 shirts at a time,” said Hribar. “It’s nice because a lot of screen printing places require you to order in bulk or in larger numbers in order to get a fair price … Ours is pretty standard here, so that helps a lot of people.”

“You can come in and order one shirt at a time if you want or you can come in and order 50 to 100 shirts at a time,” said Hribar. “It’s nice because a lot of screen printing places require you to order in bulk or in larger numbers in order to get a fair price … Ours is pretty standard here, so that helps a lot of people.”

Customers can also bring in their own items and the staff of The Greek Loft can create designs and letters for them.

Customers can also bring in their own items and the staff of The Greek Loft can create designs and letters for them.

“You can always bring in your own stuff … Like if you had a shirt and you wanted something added to it, that’s not a problem. You can bring that in and we can add things,” said Hribar.

“You can always bring in your own stuff … Like if you had a shirt and you wanted something added to it, that’s not a problem. You can bring that in and we can add things,” said Hribar.

This is how The Greek Loft creates their custom shirts.

 

  • Cut out the letters using a die cut roller and die cut letters and numbers.
  • Spray letters and numbers with latex, so they stick to the T-shirt while you line everything up.
  • Once it’s all in place and exactly where you want it, it goes into the heat press and pressed at 350 degrees.

“It’s not crazy expensive to make a shirt,” said Claire Nicholas, MSU senior and employee of The Greek Loft. “You can make them really cheap and they can still look cute.”

The store carries the same merchandise as it did at Spartan Corner.

“You pay for the blank clothing and the lettering you put on there, generally you can make a shirt as inexpensive as $13,” said Hribar. “Some of them can go up to $50 – $60. Just depends on what you put on it.”

With the stores’ new location, MSU students and local residents pass through to look around more than before.

“My favorite thing about working here is seeing all my friends in Greek life come up and buy the stuff, I think that’s really fun and exciting,” said Nicholas. “Usually at places you work, you don’t get a lot of visitors.”

The Greek Loft is located on 421 E. Grand River and is open, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, nooon to 5 p.m.

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