Zac Wenzel

Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College has a reputation of investing in the communities surrounding campus, and is now bringing that same kind of investment to Commodore Books & More.

  According to a press release, Fresh Brewed Tees, a clothing company specializing in Cleveland-centric clothing, is one of the biggest names to be brought to the bookstore. Fresh Brewed Tees creates clothing unique to Cleveland sports teams and communities. “It is exciting to be able to partner with a school local to where I’m from,” said Tony Madalone, the owner of Fresh Brewed Tees. The inclusion of Fresh Brewed in the bookstore is not only a big moment for LCCC, but represents the clothing companies only presence in Lorain County. “I am very happy to see local support local”, said Madalone.

  “We are in the process of creating a new ‘Locally Focused’ section of the store promoting locally made items,” said Patty Clark, the general manager at Commodore Books & More. All of this in an effort to promote local entrepreneurs merchandise in the campus store.  Clark added, “In the future, we plan to collaborate with a number of local vendors to offer an assortment of merchandise and gifts.”

   The bookstore is set to partner up with NEO LaunchNet, a regional entrepreneurship education network on the LCCC campus, to promote local entrepreneurs’ products in the bookstore. “We want to tie this new strategic direction into LCCC’s Vision 2020’s goal to empower a thriving community where all students achieve academic and career success,” Clark said.

  Commodore Books & More, not only sells clothing from Fresh Brewed Tees, but offers apparel for a variety of four-year universities that have partnership ties to LCCC.  There are also plans to bring in a second Cleveland based apparel company, GV Art & Design, a company that follows the same local pride formula as Fresh Brewed Tees. These local partnerships are sure to strengthen the community ties that LCCC continues to grow.