A Manhattan bookstore and a Kansas State University student organization are betting on the ingenuity of the university’s students with their joint venture called K-State Made.
The partnership between Varney’s Bookstore and the university’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, or CEO, creates an avenue for products made by Kansas State University students, faculty and staff to be sold through Varney’s.
Kirk is a senior in entrepreneurship from Shawnee.
All products sold by K-State Made will go through a selection process that includes a meeting with Kirk and a presentation to the K-State Made staff. Products available will range from artwork to furniture, including jewelry and photography.
K-State Made products will be sold online at and at the K-State Student Union Bookstore and Varney’s in Aggieville. Students selected to have their products sold through K-State Made receive 70 percent of the sales of their product. The staff at Varney’s is guiding students through the retail process.
“We want to provide an opportunity for students to learn about the realities of retail without all of the risks,” said Brittany Johnson from the marketing department for Varney’s.
A kickoff ceremony for the partnership will be 3:30-6 p.m. Nov. 13, in the K-State Student Union courtyard near the Union Bookstore, which is operated by Varney’s.