New Location, New Look, Same Blue Jay Spirit

Posted June 9, 2022 / Last updated June 21, 2022

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Jesuit’s on-campus clothing and apparel emporium, affectionately known to Blue Jay students, alumni, and parents as the Blue Jay Shop, moved into a new home this year. Prominently positioned at the new entrance to campus, the Blue Jay Shop warmly greets visitors to Jesuit High School with a myriad selection of blue and white items for purchase.

Through sleek glass double doors, shoppers can spot a floor-to-ceiling print of members of the 1923 varsity football team with whom the very term “Blue J’s” (which became today’s “Blue Jays”) originated.

If the new location represents a fresh start for this touchstone of campus life, the store’s inventory is just as fresh and exciting. From newly designed Jesuit belts to updated shirts, caps, and shorts to signed prints of iconic campus locations, shoppers are sure to find new choices available alongside traditional mainstays. Options for women in particular have been greatly expanded.

For the summer, the Blue Jay Shop will be open on Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or by appointment. Featured right now are Father’s Day gifts including golf umbrellas, boonie hats, new fishing shirts, coffee mugs, and tumblers.

“What a fun and exciting experience I’m having helping students and parents pick out their Jesuit attire and accessories,” said new Blue Jay Shop coordinator, Wanda Montalbano, 2021 Alma Mater Award winner and mother of Palmer Montalbano ’17 and Carter Montalbano ’20. “You’ll be shocked at how many items are now available for purchase. The Blue Jay Spirit is contagious in this shop.”

Consulting on the design of the new store, Fritz Westenberger ’80 provided invaluable expertise and guidance through the process of reimagining the Blue Jay Shop. Westenberger’s design focuses on remaining true to 175 years of Jesuit tradition while taking the opportunity to provide the Jesuit community with an updated, enjoyable retail experience.

The Blue Jay Shop now features significantly expanded operating hours alongside the option for shoppers to pursue its offerings during special events such as the Jesuit Bazaar and Welcome Day.

A mid-construction view of the new Blue Jay Shop