Point Closet opens permanent location


Photo by Jordyn Hronec

The Point Closet opens a permanent shop in Lawrence Hall.

Written By Jordyn Hronec, Co-News Editor

From pop-up thrift shops to fashion shows, Point Closet is an organization that has made itself known on campus. Now, as of Jan. 22, Point Closet has its own permanent residence in Lawrence Hall.

Yvette Hines, a senior broadcast production major, serves as Point Closet’s co-creative director. She is excited for the new space.

“There’s no more ‘it’s coming’,” Hines said. “It’s here. The store is open to students.”

Hines noted that in the first three days of the store being open, the Point Closet has already been utilized by 10 students.

“I love the Point Closet,” Rosalie Anthony, a freshman dance major who modeled in the Point Closet’s fashion show, said. “I’m very happy that they got a new store, and I’m very happy that they got to expand from the pop-up shops. I really want to go and see what they have.”

The Point Closet is located on the second floor of Lawrence Hall, tucked away in a short hallway near the Point Cafe. The hallway contains the new Center for Inclusive Excellence office and the Interfaith Room. Students wishing to visit the Point Closet must walk to the end of that hallway and through a frosted glass door, behind which there is a set of stairs. The Point Closet is at the top of those stairs.

It’s a nondescript location that can be hard to find, but the Point Closet is in the process of obtaining signage so that students know where to go.

Obtaining a permanent space for the Point Closet was a process.

“We went through Dean Paylo and Dean Gieseke,” Hines said. “They helped us out a lot to get the space and renovate it. They come up here often to find out what we need. They’ve donated a lot of clothes. They’ve been amazing.”

With a new location, the Point Closet is hoping to continue helping students in ways that they have since their founding.

“Monae Findley, who is our president, started [Point Closet] because she saw a need to give back,” Hines said. “We were throwing away so many clothes. A lot of people on campus don’t have enough clothes, and thrifting is something a lot of people do.”

While everything at the new store is free, the Point Closet encourages students to donate and support their cause.

“Students can donate at pop-up shops, in the store, or in our donation bins,” Katie Kelly, a senior journalism major who serves as the Point Closet’s public relations officer, said. “We accept everything except undergarments, swimsuits and socks. We also ask that students wash items before donating.”

The Point Closet is planning events for the near future, including a pop-up shop in Lawrence Hall lobby on Jan. 30 from 2-4 pm. Other events will be advertised on the Point Closet’s Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as their Snapchat account. The Point Closet is also launching their own website soon through Wix.

“We’re doing a lot of exciting things that we’re excited for,” Kelly said.

The Point Closet is open to students Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.