BLOOMINGTON — Warsaw Community High School alumni Brayden Sammons and Hunter Haines have made their high school dreams into a reality.
Sammons and Haines recently opened a restaurant called Campus Craves on their campus at Indiana University. The restaurant offers an assortment of ice cream on waffle cones, donuts and cinnamon rolls. The menu doesn’t stop at ice cream, however. Guests are also able to enjoy hot foods such as loaded tots, mac and cheese bites, mozzarella sticks and more. Sammons and Haines aim to please students’ late night cravings.
Sammons and Haines came up with the idea to make an ice cream shop while they were still in high school. The duo received a lot of their early support from Warsaw Area Career Center teacher Angie Heinsman. Heinsman played a large role in the creation of the restaurant as both an advisor and supporter of their idea.
The IU students were recently invited back to Heinsman’s class to share with current students how they came up with their business plan and the struggles of opening a business at a young age. They spoke about not being able to get a loan from a bank due to their lack of credit, and shared the fact most of their investments came from private investors who supported their dreams.
Sammons and Haines both agreed that building connections with business owners and having strong communication skills helped in securing the funding and support necessary to open their business.
“The restaurant has been a really good process; we love seeing everyone’s facial expressions when they come in,” Haines said about the restaurant’s opening.
Sammons agreed and urged students to not only make the most of their time in high school, but to begin pursuing their dreams today, “Pay attention in high school, everything we’ve done is based off of a high school education,” said Sammons.