Melanie Hodges, owner/manager of Lily Bee’s, shows a purse to WSU students Autumn Bringhurst, left, Lauren Verrelli and Anne Demme. 

 
“Give Pullman a Makeover!” is the theme of WSU assistant professor Meriem Chida’s


Miriem Chida

visual merchandising class this semester, and the best student work will be on display April 3-5 during Mom’s Weekend 2009.

Chida worked with the Pullman Chamber of Commerce to recruit eight Pullman business owners for this real-world experience. About 30 teams of four students each will be pitching their ideas for window makeovers at one of the following businesses: At Home Design, Atom Heart, Design Effects, Global Travel, Lily Bee’s, Moments in Time and Wild Ivy.
Students will design a window display, then present their proposals in a scientific/trade fair-style event on March 27 at WSU. At the event, retail business owners will select and announce the winning window makeover to be installed for Mom’s Weekend.

Posing during a break from working on a display window makeover for Lily Bee’s, a downtown Pullman retailer, are WSU students (l-r) Anne Demme, Autumn Bringhurst, Laurel Verrelli and Emma Peters. They are members of an apparel merchandising team that includes Pip Summerville, who was not available for the photo taken March 29. (Photos by Tim Marsh, University Relations)
 
 
“This is a great way for the students to see what it is like to work in a business setting, with real world limitations,” said Tammy Lewis, Pullman Chamber executive director. “It’s great for Pullman businesses, too. They are able to benefit from the fresh perspective the students bring. It’s a great partnership.”
 
See related stories:
 
“Functional Fashion, Learning through feedback from industry leaders,” from Jan. 21, 2009, WSU Today here.
 
“Local businesses host students’ visual designs,” from April 3, 2009, Daily Evergreen here.