Most department managers have products to write about: the newest items available, trends in nutrition, recipes for the season and best sellers. The Front End’s news and latest trends center around people. After the opening of Willy West, over half of the Front End positions at Willy East have been filled with new staff members. We are really proud of our Front End team and we are working to continue to improve the service we provide.

We asked staff to answer some questions about themselves, and this is a just a sample of the response we received from our Willy East Front End staff. We have an interesting, diverse and friendly staff, so feel free to talk to any staff, or “top seller” in the department!

Andrew,
Cashier for 8 months

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?
Good benefits, kind people, a great resource for the community

What do like to do when you are not at the Co-op?
Play with my pets, play World of Warcraft, study math, make coffee at the Dane County Farmers’ Market.

What are some songs we would find on your iPod or computer?
Mostly political podcasts: TYT, Best of the Left, Democracy Now, The Rachel Maddow Show

What is your favorite Co-op product and why?
Our cheese! They do a fantastic job labeling which ones are friendly to vegetarians.

Becky,
Cashier for 3 months

What do you like best about working in the Front End?
The Owners! Interacting with our happy fellow Owners!

What do you like to do when you are not at the Co-op?
I love my full-time job working as a pediatric receptionist. I love live music, dancing, sailing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, playing pool, playing board games, going out to dinner.

Favorite food to cook?
Grilled cheese with Madison Sourdough Country Bread

Anything else people would be interested to know about you?
I am a six-year breast cancer survivor!

Julia,
Cashier for 11 months

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?
I love talking with people about food!

What do you like to do when you are not at the Co-op?
Yoga, my band: The Free Sweets, cycling, traveling, gardening, hanging out with my dog, studying vegan nutrition, brewing kombucha.

What is your favorite Co-op product and why?
Produce because I love veggies and fruit. Bulk because it’s economical.

One luxury item you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island and why?
A toothbrush. I like my teeth and hate bad breath.

Kimberly,
Cashier for 1 month

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?
To work with like-minded people for a place that makes a difference and is as compassionate about the Earth as I am.

Favorite food to cook?
I love making vegan food and surprising carnivores with how good it is! Meat is over-rated!

Favorite book?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Anything else people would be interested to know about you?
I’m extremely fascinated with reptiles and amphibians. Oh, and arachnids! They’re all awesome.

Ben,
Cashier for 10 months

What do you like the best about working in the Front End?
I enjoy interacting with a variety of people from diverse walks of life.

What do you do when you are not at the Co-op?
I play guitar in several different musical projects, write a lot of poetry, practice meditation and feed the kitties.

Favorite Movie or TV show?
Anything written or directed by David Lynch

What is your guilty pleasure?
Vegan chocolate sheba bars. Be still, my heart.

Stephanie,
Cashier for 1 month

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?
Because I try to live a sustainable life and wanted an employer who understands and believes in sustainability.

What do you like best about working at the Co-op?
I get to meet new people!

What is your favorite Co-op product and why?
Sunbutter because I’m allergic to peanut butter and it’s delish!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate for breakfast

Tegan,
Supervisor and cashier for 1 year, 8 months

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?
I needed insurance and I wanted to work close to home.

What have you learned since starting at the Co-op?
When I started at the Co-op, I didn’t even know what kale was! I have learned so much about new and different foods. I love eating!

What is your favorite Co-op product and why?
Klarbrunn, because I like to stay hydrated in a fizzy way.

Favorite Movie or TV show?
“The Twilight Zone” original series.

Thanks to Polly Sackett, East Front End Supervisor, for collecting all of these responses!