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October is National Co-op Month and the Dill Pickle has a lot to celebrate. One of the international principles all co-ops adhere to is Principle Six: cooperation amongst cooperatives. Our expansion project got a big old P6 boost this month when eighteen fellow food co-ops across the midwest pledged a total of $150,000 in loans to fill a gap in our financing! The growing Dill Pickle Food Co-op has support not only from our community owners, but from our sister co-ops too. The cooperative world is cheering on—and backing—the flagship food co-op of Chicago. We hope all our owners join us in sending big love to the co-ops making loans to our success, and by pitching in to finalize our financing with an owner loan or additional equity. Together, we make it happen!
Much gratitude to:
Outpost, Milwaukee, WI
Willy Street, Madison, WI
Seward, Minneapolis, MN
Oryana, Traverse City, MI
New Pioneer, Iowa City, IA
Cook County, Grand Marais, MN
Common Ground, Urbana, IL
Wheatsville, Austin, TX
Eastside, Minneapolis, MN
People’s Food Co-op, Kalamazoo, MI
Sioux Falls Co-op, Sioux Falls, SD
People’s Food Co-op, Rochester/La Crosse, WI
Grain Train, Petoskey, MI
Whole Foods Duluth Co-op, Duluth, MN
Neighborhood, Carbondale, IL
The Merc, Lawrence, KS
Keweenaw, Hancock, MI
St. Peter Co-op, St. Peter, MN
Dill Pickle owners, we're so close to securing our co-op's future at 2746 N Milwaukee Ave-- nearly 90% toward our internal funding goal! We need a final $140K by October 17 to shore up the financial framing of Chicago's flagship food co-op atop the strong foundation of community support we've already built, and it's going to take all 1,895 of us. It's time for a barn-raising:
Lift a beam! Lend to the co-op on your terms: 5-9 years at 0-4% interest through our Owner Loan Program. Connect with our capital campaign team at 773.492.1205 to make a pledge or learn more.
Hammer a nail! Purchase additional equity at $50 a share, up to $500 in fully refundable shares.
We've come so far together: since work commenced on this expansion project in 2013, you've backed site searches and market studies, provided input on store planning, and helped cultivate $810,000 to grow our co-op. Right now, drawings for our new store are moving through the City permitting process-- a store that will carry a wider range of products at more affordable prices, support local vendors, create 30 new jobs, and offer community gathering space. Your vision is so close to becoming a reality!
Join us in this final push, a collective lift to bring our vision to life and keep our project on track. Your investments will ensure that funding is in place to begin construction, order equipment, and open our doors the neighborhood in early 2017. Onward!
A lot more than coolers and shelving go into building a food co-op; information infrastructure is just as important to running a successful store. The technology in our current store consists of two register lanes, one desktop computer, and a handful of laptops and tablets set on any available horizontal surface we can find. The Milwaukee location will need a system of networked workstations, data lines, phones (with extensions! Yippee!), an honest-to-goodness sound/intercom system and the communications and financial systems to go with it. We're also upgrading to a point of sale system suited to higher sales and capable of more detailed reporting. And, thanks to our support contract with the National Co-op Grocers, we just received an assessment of our current IT and finance systems and detailed plans to implement in our new store. We're so excited to put these in action, improving the way we communicate with each other, our vendors and our customers!
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.