Cheers, to a co-op celebration!
Hello and thank you for tuning into our Sno-Isle Food Co-op blog! Since this is my first submission for this blog, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Mark Thornley, Board of Trustees Vice-President, and I am serving my third three-year term on the Board of Trustees (BOT). My wife and I have been members of the co-op for about 9 years, for almost half of the co-op’s existence, but the store’s 20th anniversary is really what I wanted to write about.
Co-op member/owners, co-op staff, supporting sponsors, vendors and the public recognize twenty successful years of co-op healthy existence and growth. The co-op’s mission and purpose is to provide more healthy lifestyle choices and educational resources, and most definitely it is succeeding. The co-op has enjoyed steady growth for the past twenty years, and is currently, as the general managers put it, “bursting at the seams”. Looking at this I would consider the co-op wildly successful, with much to celebrate.
For this celebration I would like to thank lots of people. First, our managers and employees who helped to make this happen! I know from personal experience and from people I meet that Sno-Isle is a welcoming and convenient place to shop, and I really appreciate the employees helping to make it this way. They take it personally. It has been a learning experience for everyone, for sure, but the learning has continued, through many challenges and successes.
So thanks to everyone who works with the co-op; your co-operation and service give us all a reason to celebrate.
Thanks also to all of the people who supported and enabled the anniversary celebration itself. Especially Leah Scates, our Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, who worked for months to arrange and organize this celebration. Thank you, Leah!
The celebration was enriched by sponsors who contributed to it and participated in it.
Everett Makers Market coordinated all the vendors booths next to our celebration area. They were fun and unique and local and added variety to our afternoon.
We had a fun “cookie toast”, a toast to the co-op’s continued success because Macrina Bakery generously donated 250 cookies without a request to do so!
Justice Brewery created a truly original and delicious IPA beer recipe just for this celebration. “Twenty”, a Belgian honey ale, was a big hit. Justice Is Served! I will be looking for Justice in the co-op beer cooler, but it sells out fast.
Thank you to Bluewater Distillery for providing unique cocktail creations! Their cedar and gin cocktail was perfect for that warm afternoon. I’d like to offer an e-blog round of applause for our libations providers, as all proceeds from the libations sales were donated to Housing Hope, a local non-profit providing shelter for a broad spectrum of community members with critical needs.
Thank you to local Narrative Coffee (home of nationally recognized barista champions), and to Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe, for providing delicious food in that stylin’ vintage 1969 Shasta trailer!
In addition to all of the above we were lucky to have live music by The Porters, Edmund Wayne, Araless and the Greater Good, and Low Hums; a tai chi workshop by Body and Brain Yoga and Tai Chi; and an educational childrens performance by The Real Food Show.
This was a phenomenal amount of contribution and participation all packed into a beautiful afternoon. Thank you everyone!
Twenty years ago I don’t believe the original members and Board of Trustees would have expected the wide availability of organic foods and other healthy options in so many stores, or the growth of co-ops in general with the huge variety of goods and services they offer. It is another perspective on the success of our Sno-Isle co-op, that we continue with this growth considering the increasing availability and competitiveness of the organic and health food markets.
Looking to the future, there will be numerous challenges for the co-op, and I am sure we are more prepared than ever to meet them. Those will be a topic of a future blog, so stay tuned!
Mark Thornley, Vice President
Sno-Isle Food Co-op Board of Trustees