On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Motley coffeehouse opened its doors to a group of students waiting to order their favorite drink or snack. The Scripps-run student business kicked off the school year with a “meme” theme; baristas sported face paint and the walls were covered with printed images of popular memes.
Hannah Lewis ‘19, one of ten managers at the Motley, was disguised as grumpy cat as she discussed the Motley’s mission.
“We are a sustainable, fair-trade business looking to address anti-oppression initiatives that happen on campus in addition to serving food and drinks,” said Motley Facilities Manager, Hannah Lewis (‘19)
“Part of our mission statement is to recognize different feminist critiques,” Lewis said. “We aim to understand feminism in not just the white feminist sense but including all identities and genders.”
Supporters of this mission statement include the 18 new baristas at the Motley this semester. One of them, Kaila Finn ‘20, decided to apply to the Motley to gain a sense of community and because she connected with their values.
“I love how the Motley has a strong sense of femininist women and empowerment as well as a focus on sustainability,” Finn said. “It’s really refreshing to be in a room where all of the leaders are women because so often I feel like everyone I’m looking up to are men.”
In addition to an empowering environment and a delicious menu, the Motley offers entertainment.
“I can’t wait for all the activities to start,” Lewis said. “We have trivia nights, bands, music nights, spoken word events and more. But I’m most excited to have good coffee again.”
“I always feel like I do better work when I’m in an environment with lots of cool people and also really interesting drinks that you can’t get anywhere else,” Harper Mills ‘20 said.
Elisabeth Mayer ‘17 stood in the front of the line. After being abroad for a year, she said she could not wait to be reunited with her favorite Motley drink: the London Fog.
Once the doors opened, students were led into the decorated coffee shop. The baristas took orders, pop-music filled the room, and chattering students sat on the couches and chairs while taking pictures of their drinks. Jaicel Artega ‘18 was one such student. While drinking an iced chai, Artega described how the Motley fosters a community within Scripps and the 5C consortium.
“It’s a really cool space that brings students together from all the schools” Artega said. “It’s always a positive and relaxed environment.”
“The atmosphere is really quirky and safe...There are always so many cool performances that make you feel warm and fuzzy when you’re doing your work or just hanging out.”
-Kristen Liu (‘19)
An hour after its opening, the line persisted in Seal Court. The baristas continued to serve students until 12 a.m. The next day, head-manager Lauren Hartz reflected on opening night.
“Opening night can be very hectic because a lot is unknown,” Hartz said. :It was spontaneous [and] also really, really fun.”
Students and baristas alike said they are excited for the energy to continue throughout the school year. With a variety of delicious drinks and snacks, empowering staff members, and feminist-entrepreneurship, it seems nothing can get in the way of the Motley’s magic.
Motley hours for the Fall 2016 Semester are:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 8:00- 11:00 p.m.