What is a Co-op?

A Cooperative (or Co-op) is owned and democratically governed by its members, the people who use its products or services, or are employed by the business. It is a business structure that allows people to come together for a common purpose. Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

Co-op FAQs

Do I have to be a member to shop at the Co-op?

No! Membership is not required. The Co-op is open to the public and all are welcome to shop

Who Manages the Co-op?

The Co-op has an elected board that is responsible for the overall management of the business. We have a full time manager and small staff that attend to the daily running of the store.

Are members required to volunteer?

While we encourage all members to be as active as they wish, there is no requirement to volunteer.

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Membership & More

Do I have to renew my membership each year?

All of our members are also owners. When you join the Co-op, you pay a one-time membership fee. No renewal fees or annual dues are charged. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member/owner or to join click here

How can I learn more about Co-ops nationally?

The National Cooperative Business Association and the International Cooperative Alliance supports and promotes co-ops nationally and internationally. You can find information about Co-ops here