As a co-op, our business is controlled by our owners, making us independent, autonomous, and democratic. Each owner gets to vote for our board of directors, which in turn hires and oversees a general manager. From this standpoint, the co-op is run like a normal business, as it’s very difficult to operate a successful retail operation as a “collective,” with all owners being the boss. But owners vote for the board members who best reflect their values and vision for the store, and who then represent the members in the overall governance.

We recently held our 2019 board of directors election. Naomi Sadighi and Gretchen Enninga were re-elected to the board, and Ariel Pressman was elected to his first term. Read their bios below for more.