So you found out about this space on campus – maybe you even heard about our cheap coffee and comfy couches – and now you’re here! We know you might have some questions, and we’re here to answer them. Allons-y!
Let’s start with the basics.
Où est Lunik?
It’s in the basement of Glendon’s lovely Manor! Thanks to some serious renovations and student dedication, we’re now an established cozy space for the Glendon community!
When can I visit you?
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Fridays, we are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find our detailed hours here.
This year, Wednesdays are a little special. We are technically open from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. because our Late Night Lunik starts at 7! Find out more about these events here.
How does it work to pay?
Lunik runs on a pay-what-you-can model, which means that whatever you are willing to contribute for a drink is okay with us! We also provide vegan desserts and snacks from Sweets from the Earth, as well as vegetarian Indian food from Zara’s Gourmet Kitchen, all sold at-cost. All the costs are listed on our fridge AND our money box. In order for Lunik to continue to operate at a minimal cost, please remember to pay! The money box is very hard to miss – it’s right near the tea and coffee. Un grand merci!
Is Lunik really run by volunteers?
En effet! Lunik is run by a team of student coordinators and volunteers. Many volunteers offer their time to help the space run smoothly. And you can volunteer too! Volunteer hours at Lunik are a great way to learn, earn valuable experience and meet new people! Find out more on YUConnect.
Now that you’ve understood the basics, here is some more info on Lunik. We’re more than just a place to get a muffin and some coffee, we’re actually an organization. Lunik Co-operative Inc. is a student run organization, complete with a Mandate. Here is what Lunik sets out to do on campus:
The Lunik Co-operative strives to increase food options for the Glendon College community by providing environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable alternatives. Lunik is an equitable and inclusive common space that is democratically governed by its members in accordance with its Safe Space Policy.
So, what does this mean?
The first part of our mandate means that the food we serve in Lunik is good for the planet (environmentally sustainable), ethically produced (socially sustainable), and affordable for you (economically sustainable). The idea is that we should be able to consume food without putting stress on our planet, relationships with people, or our wallets.
Next in our Mandate, equitable and democratic governance as found in a Co-op model. Co-ops are a pretty neat way of organizing a business, because they take away the owner-worker-buyer breakdown. In a co-op, every member is a partial owner in the business, and each of them has an equal say in decision-making.
Finally, Lunik is governed by our Safe Space Policy, which is an important part of our role on campus. We don’t call ourselves an Alternative space because we are the exclusive hipster hangout (we know you have heard this myth…), it’s because we are a space for students to be themselves without the worries of who is watching. YOU help sculpt Lunik, which means that YOU are accepted here!
Got more questions? Give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear from you. Or just show up and we bet you will find someone who’s ready to gush about why they love Lunik.
Une petite leçon d’histoire:
In 2008, a group of Glendon students envisioned an alternative space for students at Glendon College. Sustainably sourced food and affordable prices were of key concern, as was a space for study, club meetings and events of all sorts. From all these ideas, the Lunik Co-operative Café was born.
The students were able to get the Glendon administration on board with their vision and had a levy of $.90/credit passed. Even though the levy fund for Lunik was created in 2008, it took some time (and some accumulating of funds) for things to reach the next level- opening!
In the summer of 2011, a small group of students set their sights on finally opening up the Lunik co-op café. While a major renovation to the kitchen was planned, a number of roadblocks keep the project from materializing. Rather than let the kitchen renovation set them back, the students decided to press forward.
A garden was planted, walls painted, dirt scrubbed, coffee machine purchased, equipment and tables moved, lights put up, upholstry stapled, logo designed and on and on and on…
Finally on October 3rd, the basement of the Glendon Manor building was ready to open it’s doors to the Glendon community as the Lunik Co-op café.
Opening hours quickly expanded from 12pm-4pm to 10am-7pm. Students and staff alike poured into Lunik eager to see what had finally become of this long talked about idea on campus.
It was clear from the get-go that Lunik was a special place. A few years of hard-work from students planning Lunik went a long way. The Lunik co-op is now a hugely popular and successful student run café with fancy teas, ethical coffee and all sorts of delicious vegan snacks all available by donation.
More than it’s role as a café, the Lunik Co-op has established itself as an important meeting ground for students to study, discus and create. Glendonites meet at Lunik to share time with their fellow students in a warm, home-like environment. The community built around Lunik is what makes it a true source of pride for Glendon and turns students into “Lunik-tics!”.