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Grand opening celebration for Sola Jabs Hall at MSU set for Sept. 9

August 18, 2015 -- Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service

Sola Cafe will operate Sola Jabs Halls in Jabs Hall, the new home of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. A grand opening celebration for Sola Jabs Hall, featuring pastry samples and locally roasted coffee and tea, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. MSU photo by Kelly GorhamSola employees and MSU students Katy Lindberg, left, and Alysha Dean prepare parfaits for the first day of business at Sola Jabs Hall. The popular local food vendor is located in Jabs Hall, the new home of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Businses and Entrepreneurship. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

Sola Cafe will operate Sola Jabs Halls in Jabs Hall, the new home of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. A grand opening celebration for Sola Jabs Hall, featuring pastry samples and locally roasted coffee and tea, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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Breakfast, lunch and snacks from a popular local food vendor will soon be available for purchase in the new Jabs Hall at Montana State University.

Sola Café will operate Sola Jabs Halls in Jabs Hall, the new home of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. A grand opening celebration for Sola Jabs Hall, featuring pastry samples and locally roasted coffee and tea, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The business will offer locally roasted coffee drinks, chai teas, smoothies, house-made bagel egg sandwiches, fresh-baked muffins, scones, sticky buns and cookies, baked macaroni and cheese, soups made from scratch, signature salads and hot and cold sandwiches, according to Tiffany Lach, owner of Sola Café. Sola Jabs Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays during the academic year.

The food service will be located on the ground floor of the building, just steps away from a large area containing café seating, as well as seating around a fireplace.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to share Sola’s delicious coffee, treats and fresh-made foods with the students, staff and faculty of Montana State University,” Lach said. “It is Sola’s mission to support and strengthen Montana’s small-farmed agriculture and talented local business producers. By making everything from scratch with the best ingredients, and/or buying from companies who do the same, we aim to keep the entrepreneurial spirit vibrant in our corner of the world. The beautiful new Jabs Hall is a perfect setting to showcase our food and our values.”

Kregg Aytes, dean of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, said Sola Jabs Hall will not only provide additional menu options for the university community, but it will also complement the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the college.

“Jabs Hall has been carefully designed to attract students, faculty and staff from all across campus, and then also to entice them to stay in the building,” Aytes said. “Sola Jabs Hall will help draw students, faculty, staff and community members into the building and create a vibrant, collaborative environment. We felt like it was particularly appropriate to have a local entrepreneur provide our students with food in Jabs Hall, as it really helps us live up to the spirit of a college focused on business and entrepreneurship.”

Located at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and South 8th Avenue, Jabs Hall is funded by a $25 million gift from MSU alumnus and Montana native Jake Jabs. The gift will also fund scholarships and new academic programs.

The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers four undergraduate options of study - accountingfinancemanagement and marketing - as well as five minors - accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business management, finance, and international business. It also offers a master of professional accountancy degree and a business certificate. Last fall, the college reported an enrollment of 1,327 students, which was a growth of 8 percent over the previous year.

More information about the college is available at http://www.montana.edu/business/index.html

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or audrey.capp@montana.edu; or Tiffany Lach, (406) 579-0484 or tiffany@solacafe.com