“Best Places to Work”
Willy Street Co-op is pleased to report that we have been awarded Madison Magazine and WISC-TV3’s “Best Places to Work” for 2012! Willy Street Co-op is among the 20 winning companies whose employees ranked their place of work the highest in the following six categories as determined by Next Generation Consulting: trust, management, development, rewards, connections, and life-work balance. It is exciting to receive the recognition from employees that work here, and also have the input on areas where we can still improve.

Edible Madison has awarded Willy Street Co-op the first Local Hero award for “Food Shop” category. Edible Madison is part of the Edible Communities publishing network of more than 70 distinct culinary regions in North America. Locally owned and operated, Edible Madison aims to educate residents and travelers about the importance of supporting local and the opportunities to participate in the region’s food economy. Look for their spring edition for stories profiling each Local Hero award winner including Farm/Farmer, Chef/Restaurant, Food/Beverage Artisan, Non-Profit, in addition to Food Shop.

To better serve Owners in both locations with quality meat products, Willy West’s meat department has received licensing as a meat production facility. Now Owners shopping at Willy East will have access to the same quality meat cuts, house-made brats and sausages as those available at West. Look for more ground-meat products once we have the right packaging equipment in place.

Willy West’s Deli received an olive bar, which was delivered early last month. Looking up, ceiling fans were installed at West in an effort to move the hot air captured in the rafters to floor level—although with this unseasonably warm weather the true benefits of that project may not be realized until next winter. In the coming few weeks, the second phase of the East bulk aisle reset and the final phase of the Jenifer Street side of the property (planters, outdoor furniture) will occur.

April 2nd marks the beginning of the fourth quarter of our fiscal year, as well as spring break! We are working to complete the list of capital improvement projects before the end of the fiscal year (June 30th).

Earth Day, April 22nd—What are you going to do?
I can’t fail to mention my long-standing admiration for former Governor Nelson’s declaration of Earth Day as we approach another anniversary. As is the norm, we have activities and promotions planned during Earth Week (see page 19 for details).
Events planned around Madison include the City’s Earth Day challenge on April 21st in various Madison parks. Join your neighbors in cleaning up your local parks and green spaces. Willy Street Co-op will again be attending the Habitat ReStore’s Earth Day Celebration in Monona from noon–4:00pm. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have events scheduled throughout the state during the month of April for volunteers to plant trees, spring clean-up, trail repair, install benches and other spring projects; see for more details.

Dates to remember
Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th the stores will close at 7:30 pm
Waterfront Festival June 9th–10th
Annual Meeting and Party July 12th, opening night for…
Le Fete de Marquette July 13th–15th

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Waterdu Tree Care

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