On Thursday, Penn State students were invited to Urban Outfitters’ State College location for a night of deals, crafts, music and more. The popular clothing store was celebrating their fifth anniversary in State College with a special “College Night” event.
“It’s cool that they invited the community in a fun way to the store,” says Jade Knox, a freshman at Penn State.
In addition to discounts on a wide variety of clearance items, Urban Outfitters provided a market for a couple local vendors. They also had a game day t-shirt making station and a DJ to keep the atmosphere fun and exciting.
“Succulents by Carolina” was one of the local vendors participating in the event. Carolina Negrón, owner and creator of the small business, was asked by employees of Urban Outfitters to come and sell her plants. As a senior majoring in horticulture and agricultural science, Negrón had been growing and potting succulent plants for the past 2-3 years, but this was her first time selling them to the public.
Urban Outfitters also invited small business “My Crazy Beautiful Bath” to their event to sell homemade bath bombs. Tai Ramsey, creator of the company, is a junior majoring in biology and learned how to created bath bombs through Instagram and YouTube tutorials. This, too, was his first time selling his products to the public.
While manning the t-shirt making station, Urban Outfitters employee Sarah Niezgoda, said that the event was, “going so awesome,” and she was really pleased with the turnout.
Niezgoda said that previous events, held for causes such as THON, have been successful, but also grew their reputation for successful events. She also said that these events offer a great platform for local vendors, which is a company-wide priority to support.
Urban Outfitters’ “College Night” was truly for Penn State’s student body and Valley hopes another event is in the works soon!