This One Time in College launched in January 2021 with the goal of providing a fun, simplified, nostalgic shopping experience for college alumni and fans.
We’ve partnered with dozens of small business owners and colleges to build a selection of college merchandise from the most notable college towns across the nation. We not only sell licensed collegiate merchandise, but we sell branded merchandise from the businesses that made each and every college experience so unique.

Our Team

This One Time in College is owned by John Sammon. John has two degrees from Ohio University, and also spent time there teaching. In addition, he was a student at Bowling Green State University. John’s college experience, as it is for many, is one that he will never forget.
John became the owner of This One Time in College’s sister company, Shop Athens Ohio, in June of 2020, and he was eager to apply his marketing expertise to the world of e-commerce for his alma mater.
The experience of connecting with business owners in college towns has been memorable and rewarding for John, and his goal is to continue expanding to more college towns so everyone can get some great and unique gear.
This One Time in College is managed by Tristen Phipps. Tristen graduated from Ohio University in 2016 and began managing our sister store, Shop Athens Ohio shortly after graduation.
She lived in Athens for 5 years post graduation while operating Shop Athens Ohio and a local bar and restaurant. She is passionate about supporting small businesses and connecting alumni through the growing online platform of This One Time in College and Shop Athens Ohio. 
Gina Pujolas and Melissa Rabil joined This One Time in College in the spring of 2021, shortly after our launch. They have both come on as digital marketing and outreach specialists to assist in our expansion to new markets.


Gina has worked for our sister company, Sixth City Marketing, since December of 2020 as a digital marketing specialist. She graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in May of 2020 and has worked in various marketing and communications positions since. She is enthusiastic about the ability to work with small brands to expand their digital footprint in her role with Sixth City and This One Time in College.

Melissa is a recent graduate from the University of Dayton. She holds a degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing. Melissa was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is excited to be back in the city that she loves as she starts her career in marketing.

As our digital marketing and outreach specialists, Gina and Melissa are responsible for bringing on new partners, writing website copy for clients, researching market opportunities, and managing our social media.

A Business That Connects Alumni

This One Time in College is more than a source for college merchandise. It’s a network that connects college alumni from all over the nation.
We’re fostering connections with the small business owners who make college towns so magnetic, and, in turn, we’ve connected alumni to those small businesses they love. Every purchase of branded apparel puts money directly back into the pockets of those hometown bars, restaurants, and shops!

Contact Us for More Information on Our College Gear

If you have a college or business project recommendation, we would love to hear it! Contact us or hit up our email at
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