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Taylor PRSSA Chapter Hosts 5th Shop the Loop

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student vendors at Shop the Loop

Taylor University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host its fifth biannual Shop the Loop Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, from 5-7 pm on campus between the LaRita Boren Campus Center and the Rupp Communication Art Center. 

Shop the Loop is a marketplace for students to sell their goods and services. Vendors range from photographers to jewelry makers to homemade maple syrup makers, among others. The event encourages the community to support students who own small businesses or who have creative gifts that would benefit others.

“Since its launch in 2019, Shop the Loop has become one of the most loved events by students, faculty, and staff,” said senior Abriana Carnes, social media manager for Taylor’s PRSSA chapter.

The Jumping Bean campus coffee shop has created special drinks to help promote the event: Vendors Delight (iced coconut, honey coffee with cream); Pretty Penny (chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel blender with espresso); and Spicy Sales (spiced pumpkin mocha). 

Free Poppy’s donuts and apple cider will be served at the event, the cost of both underwritten by a donor.

All event proceeds beyond what the vendors make for themselves will go toward PR student scholarships. Anyone interested in underwriting the event or donating to the scholarship can contact PRSSA advisor Dr. Donna Downs at 765-998-4927 or

While fall semester is reserved for student vendors, Taylor’s faculty and staff will also sell goods and services at Shop the Loop in the spring.

Although the event is scheduled to take place outdoors, the location will move inside the LaRita Boren Campus Center in case of inclement weather. Masks will be required if the event is moved indoors.

For more information about vendors and other plans for the event, visit @shop_the_loop on Instagram or contact  Donna Downs at or PRSSA president Julia Muehl at