Category Archives: Co-op Month

Alberta Co-op (Portland)

The Alberta Co-op in Portland’s Northeast community is a consumer (or community) owned grocery that uses a staff collective to manage the co-op.

The mission of the co-op “is to serve as a community resource and gathering place, while providing fresh, … Continue reading

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Building a New Economy

Construction companies seem ripe for the co-op model. The very nature of contracting means a team effort. Along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Olympia, there are three construction co-ops and more interested.
Northwest Construction Co-op in Olympia focuses on home … Continue reading

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International Credit Union Day

It is sometimes easy to take Credit Unions for granted in the US. They seem to be everywhere!
Here in Olympia, we have WSECU (state employees), BECU (Boeing employees), TwinStar, (school teachers), OBEE (Olympia Brewing), OCCU (logging), Olympia Credit Union, Alaska … Continue reading

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Ridgeline Homecare Co-op

The newest entrant in Washington Homecare Cooperative is Ridgeline Homecare Co-op. They are in the process of obtaining their agency license.
The co-op expects to serve the cities of Port Angeles and Sequim but will be licensed for Clallam County. Clallam … Continue reading

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PT Shipwrights: They Saw, They Conquered

Just a short write up today to acknowledge one of the oldest functioning worker co-ops in Washington: The Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative. They started out this journey (or voyage) in 1981 with 8 shipwrights and a ship’s saw. The Co-op … Continue reading

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ROC and Roll

Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) have become a thing. This term generally refers to a specific type of housing co-op that engages manufactured home parks. This is a slightly different model than what most people think of when they hear the … Continue reading

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Co-ops in the Miracle Mile

One of the more interesting projects that I have had the pleasure of working on over the last couple years is in southern Idaho. The town of Buhl is about 50 miles from the Nevada border along the Snake River. … Continue reading

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Central Co-op: A Tale of Two Cities

Seattle’s Central Co-op’s Logo

Before I start with today’s Co-op Month post, please note that I am not a member of Central Co-op, nor have I shopped there. Also, a couple of the managers are alumni of the MMCCU program at … Continue reading

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Blue Scorcher: Bread and Circles

The Blue Scorcher Bakery and CafĂ© in Astoria, Oregon is a very unique worker co-op. This worker co-op started out as The Bread Collective, a small group of bread bakers. As the collective grew in reputation, production, and staff, a … Continue reading

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Twisted Strait Fibers: a PNW Original

One of the first groups that I started working with after moving to the Pacific Northwest was the PNW Fiber Web Cooperative. The project began as a effort to build resources for the animal fiber producers and fiber artists on … Continue reading

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