Celtic Store Top Seller!
December 14, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
Courtesy of Adam Patton, The McNary Piper
With the growing popularity of the Dutch Bros’ Rebel drink, McNary’s Celtic Shop has decided to join the market. The Celtic Shop, located in the commons, will be selling their own variation of the Rebel for $3.
They are calling it the “Blue Bull” and it comes in an assortment of flavors such as blue raspberry, grape, peach, raspberry, strawberry, and watermelon. It will be available at both lunches. The Celtic Shop is looking to sell Blue Bull in the mornings and after school, but it would need to be run by FBLA members because all profits earned by the Celtic Shop go to lowering costs of travel and other expenses for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
The Celtic Shop isn’t currently working on adding new flavors but is open to customer suggestions. “It’s fantastic,” Tyler Sorenson, a senior at McNary, and assistant manager and producer for the Celtic Shop said. “The only thing stronger than a Red Bull is a Blue Bull.” The name Blue Bull was decided by the classes taught by Brad Lomax, business teacher, coach, and FBLA advisor at McNary. “People know Red Bull, and blue for McNary,” Lomax said. “With Blue Bull there’s not a lot that needs to be explained.”
The Blue Bull is made with zero calorie Red Bull, sugar free flavoring syrup, and ice. “A lot of our students drink the Dutch Bros. Rebel drink, and, as long as the sugar content is low, it meets nutritional guidelines,” Lomax said. He met with other business teachers in the district and found that other schools are selling similar drinks. “It was an ethical dilemma, is it ok to be giving caffeine drinks to students?” Lomax said. “But if the federal government deems it’s ok, then, in my mind, it’s alright.”
The idea to come up with a Celtic version of the Rebel came from Lomax’s Business Management class, which is in charge of the Celtic Shop and is responsible for finding new products that meet guidelines and would earn a profit. “I’ve learned that persistence is the most important thing you can have,” Sorenson said, “[The skills I’ve acquired have] definitely helped me develop an idea for what I want to do in the future.” Sorenson plans on going into a career in business. “It’s an area of a lot of importance in the community and I feel like it’s something I thrive in,” he said.