By Megan Flynn – [email protected]
Many students have noticed the new décor appearing in Sexton recently. What fewer students have noticed: many of these decorations have disappeared.
Julie Neuwirth, who recently became Retail Operations Director at Sexton, was excited to give the space a homier feel by adding the table décor, vases and other decorative touches to Sexton. She has had an interest in interior design for years and brought in pieces from her home to brighten up the student space, but was disappointed when they started to disappear.
“We have so many plans and visions for future improvements here that really could be amazing,” Neuwirth said. “And it’s these kinds of little setbacks that sort of can be frustrating. It hurts the business, it hurts the customers… just a small number of people are ruining it for everyone.”
Many of the items were Neuwirth’s personal belongings that she brought from home.
“Right away when I came on board I wanted to make it feel more inviting, and I just wanted to get some color in here. So when things disappear, it feels a little personal,” Neuwirth said.
Among the items that have disappeared are decorative globes, mason jars, vases and a white barstool chair. Neuwirth said the barstool was taken on the Saturday evening after it was put in Sexton.
“I brought them in on a Saturday during the day and left here around 7 p.m. and I came back at 6 o’clock in the morning and one of them was gone,” Neuwirth said.
The barstool reappeared after one of the Sexton student managers sent out a tweet asking for its return.
“A day or two later it appeared down by the door by Johnnie Java. So someone actually did bring it back which is nice, but a lot of the other things that have disappeared are still gone,” Neuwirth said.
Life Safety found and returned one globe, but many other items are still missing.
In response to the recent string of thefts, Sexton has enhanced its security in the past few weeks. The existing cameras in Sexton commons are being upgraded and additional cameras are being added to the dining area in the hopes that they will be able to identify shoplifters and reduce theft.
Neuwirth said the thefts have been discouraging but she and others at Sexton are still working on plans to improve the space in the future.
“This is just a little hurdle if you will,” Neuwirth said. “Every business has some degree of theft or shrinkage, but we’re going to do everything that we can to prevent that from happening down the road so we can make improvements and make it a better place for people to be with friends.”
FEATURE PHOTO COUTESY OF RACHEL KETZ • [email protected]