News and Views

News

Voices

Arts

Life and Work

Milestones

Submit your news

Submit commentary

Support us

Become a member

Advertising

Print advertising

Web advertising

About us

Contact us

Privacy Policy

The Commons
Town and Village

Brattleboro Food Co-op seeks input on two design projects

Originally published in The Commons issue #399 (Wednesday, March 15, 2017).



BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Food Co-op is looking for participants in two focus groups this month to offer feedback and generate ideas for two endeavors currently underway: The Co-op’s Bulk department is being updated, and a new website is being designed.

The Bulk department focus group will take place on Wednesday, March 22, from 5 to 6 p.m., and the website group on Thursday, March 30, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

“We care deeply about our customers and our community; as a consumer-owned cooperative, we have to, because we’re literally owned by them! We also have a lot of respect for what they’re able to bring to the table,” Marketing and Community Relations Manager Jon Megas-Russell said in a news release. “The more input and involvement we have from our owners and shoppers the better our store will be.”

The Brattleboro Food Co-op was formed as a bulk-buying club in 1975, when tofu and brown rice were difficult to come by and long before the internet was a presence. The Bulk Department became one of the cornerstones of the store as it grew and the Co-op’s current website was created around 2010.

“Co-ops stand for democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity” said Megas-Russell. “Listening to feedback from people who care about our store is just one way we express our cooperative identity, and a way of showing this community that we value them. It’s just one more example of the co-op difference.”

The Brattleboro Food Co-op occupies a 16,000-square-foot store in a four-story building in downtown Brattleboro that also includes offices, a community room, a cooking classroom, a commissary kitchen, and 24 apartments owned and managed by Windham and Windsor Housing Trust. The Co-op has more than 7,000 member-owners.

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.