Bovay's Online Mercantile

You can no longer doubt or remain passive
— Alvan Bovay

The Space

Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile officially opened March 2017 at 329 Watson St. in downtown Ripon as part of Ripon College’s ongoing efforts to help with the revitalization of Main St.

The unique venue features a 30-student high-tech classroom, office space, a study bar with coffee service, a mercantile with official Ripon College apparel and gifts, and flexible meeting space. 


The Namesake

Bovay’s takes its name from Alvan Bovay, founder of “Bovay’s addition” to the early town, which created the south end of Watson Street and paved the way for the founding of Ripon College.

Bovay’s life exemplifies active citizenship and public service. He played a central role in Ripon’s development and was a founder of Brockway College (later Ripon College) and of the new Republican Party, founded in Ripon in 1854.

100% Student Designed (and Modeled)

Student interns working at Bovay's benefit from hands-on experiential training in marketing, merchandising, event planning and small business management. They even agree to be our fashion models!

What's more? All products sold at Bovay's are selected and designed by Ripon College students. So, if you love it, let them know by sharing it on social media using #BovaysGear.