Democratically owned by you, the customer.
Exciting deveopments this week in design and construction: our preliminary design is complete! Engineers have been working on mechanical designs around the floor plan above and our stellar general contractor is putting together rough quotes on the final cost of buildout. We're keeping busy here on the operations end, turning our attention this week to marketing. The Deveopment Co-op's marketing expert visits our team this week to help us create a marketing plan for the new store that will encompass all of the ways the Dill Pickle communicates the good work we do, from in-store signs and design to community engagement and future programming. And many thanks to co-op owner and change management consultant Claudia Richman, who facilitated a discussion at our last staff meeting around what parts of our staff culture we love and want to preserve!
~Sharon Hoyer, General Manager
Owner Loan Campaign: $1 Million by May 15!
Springtime is the season of new growth-- a beautiful time to be building our new grocery store at 2746 North Milwaukee! Our General Manager and her team are working hard to conceptually mold 10,000 square feet of raw space into expanded departments, a deli & beverage bar, a multipurpose room, and auto/bike parking to meet our community's needs. Now is your chance to invest directly in our capacity to increase access to sustainable, fair food-- and to support the local folks producing it!
This Spring Owner Loan Campaign is an important opportunity to demonstrate community commitment to our co-op's future. Reaching our $1 million goal through $600k in new owner loans this spring will be a strong show of confidence to our partners at Shared Capital Cooperative and the Chicago Community Loan Fund, who'll help us meet the total project budget. Here's our path forward:
Project 2746 is a weekly event series building cooperative community in the Dill Pickle’s future home on Thursdays from 6-7:30pm. Come check out the space and stay to see what we're up to:
4/7: Invest in Your Values: a conversation on alternatives to traditional market investments with the Center for Changing Lives
3/31: Brews, 'Booch & the Board: swing by to chat with co-op directors about expansion plans, sample some locally brewed bevs, and see your owner loans at work! We've got an updated floor plan to share!
3/21: A MUSICAL NIGHT w/ THE MAGICAL BEASTS: Ethan Pikas, pedal steel & banjo // Sharon Hoyer, vocals // Cara Sawyer, horn & vocals // Nathan Paulus, guitar & tunes // John Herbst, uke & banjo // Josh Miller, bass.
3/17: ART IN THE NEW SPACE! Draw, paint, sketch, and create. We provide the art supplies and snacks, you provide the talent!
3/10: GROW WITH US! Learn 'Soil Truthing' with Nance Klehm of The Ground Rules (bring a soil sample from your garden!) // Seed-starting with Lora Lode of Monticello Community Garden & Neighbor-Space // 'Bee Informed’ with Michael Thompson of Chicago Honey Co-op!/
2/25: HAPPY HOUR w/ Begyle Brewing!
Help our co-op grow! Learn more about our Owner Loan Campaign.
We're growing to better serve you: a new location at 2746 N Milwaukee = full-service grocery + deli & seating + beer & wine + community room, coming Summer 2016.That means 35 new living-wage jobs, more dollars to local producers, and a growing capacity to meet our cooperative mission.
What products will be on the shelves? What programs will be offered? What will the space look and feel like? How can the co-op best serve its community? You decide!
Join us for a NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT of cooperative planning at 2746 N Milwaukee, new store site on Thursday, January 14 from 5-9pm for an open house & community input stations, with a brief program & presentation at 7pm.
Come celebrate the Dill Pickle's 6th Anniversary this Sunday, December 6th, from 11am - 3pm at our new store site, 2746 N Milwaukee Ave! There will be drinks and snacks available for this family-friendly event. Guests may also want to drop by the Winter Farmer's Market across the street to pick up something delicious for our gathering. Sunday's event will also offer an opportunity for you to learn more about our expansion and owner loan campaign.