“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” - John Ruskin
February… how can the shortest month of the year so often feel like the longest? We are deep into Wisconsin winter, and I find it helpful to remind myself that there are perks to this time of year. Sparkling snow, the general hush over our landscape, and the end of the parade of holidays all bring a little extra twinkle to February. The increasing minutes of sunshine don’t hurt either! If you have never walked to the middle of a frozen Lake Monona, you are in for a treat—it is truly awesome to find yourself in the middle of the City in nearly total silence. Check it out.
Here is some exciting news of things happening in your Co-op in the near future.

Centralized staff Office
I am happy to report that after months of searching we have found and secured a centralized office space for Co-op administrative staff. Located at 1457 East Washington Ave., we will be sharing a building with Canopy Center and Safe Harbor. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to work more closely and efficiently together as the administrative team. We anticipate this will provide additional opportunities for innovation and support of the retails, while also making operations smoother in general. For the first time ever we will have adequate space for offices, meeting rooms, even a Co-op library! In fact, we even have a little extra space that we are willing to rent out to like-minded individuals and businesses—contact Stephanie Ricketts, the Co-op’s Executive Assistant, at s.ricketts@willystreet.coop if you are interested in learning more!

Willy East Remodel Work—Store Closings
As we continue with the more invasive portions of the Willy East remodel project, the possibility of closing the store has become a necessity. Obviously closing the store was our last option, but removal of the existing OptiRock cementitious product will most effectively and economically be handled in one fell swoop, therefore...

  • Willy East will be closed February 24th and 25th. We hope to reopen by 11:00am or possibly earlier on the 26th; watch our website, Facebook or Twitter for an alert that we’re open again.
  • And, in order to minimize the number of business open-hour disruptions, we have scheduled the winter staff appreciation party for the 24th.
  • Willy West will be closing at 7:00pm on the 24th, also for the staff appreciation party.

We appreciate your patience during this project!

Third Site Criteria Task Force Recommendation to the Board
In the next month or two, the Third Site Criteria Task Force committee will be making a recommendation for a third retail site to the Co-op Board of Directors. This committee of Owners, staff and one Board member has been meeting for months, reviewing demographic information, market studies, site plans and Co-op goals in an effort to locate a successful third site. I am excited to share the fruits of their labor with all of you soon!

SPECIAL STORE HOURS
WILLY EAST CLOSED FEBRUARY 24TH & 25TH FOR REMODEL. WE HOPE TO REOPEN BY 11:00AM OR POSSIBLY EARLIER ON THE 26TH; WATCH OUR WEBSITE, FACEBOOK OR TWITTER FOR AN ALERT THAT WE’RE OPEN AGAIN
WILLY WEST CLOSING AT 7:00PM ON FEBRUARY 24TH FOR OUR ANNUAL STAFF APPRECIATION PARTY

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