On a cold, snowy January day in 2017, the sign for Bovay's Mercantile was erected. On a warm spring day last week, it was removed.
On a cold, snowy January day in 2017, the sign for Bovay's Mercantile was erected. On a warm spring day last week, it was removed.

   When Ripon College’s Bovay’s Mercantile & Study Bar opened downtown, it was meant to be a revolutionary step for the college on several fronts.

   “Initially, our motivation was, ‘Let’s make a clear commitment to the ongoing revitalization efforts of downtown,’”said Melissa Anderson, spokesperson for Ripon College. 

   That was back in winter 2017.

   More that two years later, Ripon’s downtown revitalization isn’t just moving ahead — it’s nearly reached its zenith, and Ripon College believes it’s time to move its shop closer to home.

   This summer, Bovay’s Mercantile will relocate into a lounge of a residential building off Woodside Avenue.

   This frees up a downtown storefront, which was vacated last week by Ripon College.

   “We are moving to an underutilized lounge space in the lobby of Campus Apartments,” Anderson said, referring to the dormitory at the corner of Woodside and Thorne streets.

Read the full story in the June 6, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.