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Merry Solstice everyone! This month we officially turn the corner toward longer, sunnier days. Spring sure feels far away… so I’m thankful there are so many bright lights to get us through these winter months!

Loading Dock Mural at Willy East Completed!
Ryan Haimerl raced the fall weather and completed a beautiful mural on the loading dock wall at Willy East. It’s a wonderful Wisconsin-themed piece, and we are so happy to be able to feature Ryan’s work. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the piece! It’ll be up for the remainder of the winter season. We are looking for artists! If you or someone you know is interested in a future mural project on that space, please email Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catering Pre-Orders
Our catering program has some delicious holiday meal options available for pre-order this month. You can find menus on our website,, or at either of the Customer Service desks.

POP Campaign
We are still running the Pantries of Plenty (POP) program at the registers! All shoppers can donate $5, $10 or $25 at checkout. All donations will be accumulated and then equally distributed amongst the following organizations: Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s food pantry, Goodman Community Center’s Fritz food pantry, the Lussier Community & Education Center’s, and Middleton Outreach Ministries’ food pantries. (These are the organizations that receive food donations left on the donation shelves in our stores.) Last year this campaign raised just over $4k, and we hope to raise $5k this year!

Revised ENDS Policies
The Board of Directors finalized a substantial revision to the Co-op’s Ends Policies at their retreat on November 14th-15th, 2015. Ends Policies provide high-level guidance and direction to the Co-op’s staff. Our former Ends Policies were some of the longest and most detailed of any cooperative in the USA. The new Ends, included below, are more inspirational, and aspirational, and will provide guidance for many years to come. The Co-op’s Strategic Plan will incorporate these Ends into the work we chart out for ourselves over the next two to three years.

Willy Street Co-op will be at the forefront of a cooperative and just society that:

  • has a robust local economy built around equitable relationships;
  • nourishes and enriches our community and environment; and
  • has a culture of respect, generosity, and authenticity.

See also the Board Report this month about the retreat.

Special Store Hours
We have a few changes to hours of operations this month! Take a look below and plan accordingly.

  • December 24th: Stores close at 6:00pm
  • December 25th: all Co-op locations are closed
  • New Year’s Day: all Co-op locations closed

Note: We will close at our customary 9:30pm on New Year’s Eve.
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