Central Co-op’s 40th Anniversary year is in the books, and what a year it was! The highlight was definitely our rocking Anniversary Party, where we celebrated our birthday with hundreds of members and partners at the Century Ballroom, including MC Kristi Brown of That Brown Girl Cooks!
. The Co-op received plaudits from City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and State Rep Nicole Macri, we watched our fun 40th Anniversary video, and the party culminated with the release Cooperative Spirit, our commemorative bourbon distilled by Capitol Hill’s own OOLA Distillery!
Here are some examples of the recognition Central Co-op received in 2018 for what we mean for our community:
Photojournalist Alex Garland wrote a great profile of the Co-op for the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, 40 years at Central Co-op: People? Yes. Self-checkout? Probably not, highlighting the Co-op’s history and respect for workers. Garland followed three workers through their day and got their perspective on why Central Co-op matters.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog covered our anniversary again in an article focused on our Bulk section (One bag at a time: ‘Zero waste shopper’ part of cooperative of thousands in 40 years at Central Co-op). They told the story of how the Co-op helps one committed shopper live her values and cut down on plastics.
Marketing Director Susanna Schultz was invited to speak at two national cooperative conferences about our Local Impact Study. She spoke to a wide array of cooperators at both the National Cooperative Business Association’s Co-op Impact Conference as well as the Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference on how and why we study our local impact, and the positive results we received.
Finally, our Co-op was honored with a proclamation from the Seattle City Council naming our birthday, October 16, as Central Co-op Day in honor of our 40th Anniversary and all the positive impacts that our shopper and worker-owned business brings to the community!
We are so greatful for all of our shoppers, vendors, community partners, workers and, most of all, members who have made Central Co-op what it has been for the last 40 years. Let's all keep working cooperatively for the benefit of our community and future generations for decades to come!
Date: Tuesday January 08, 2019
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