November marks the start of the 2016 holiday season—first on the calendar is Thanksgiving, and then only five (short) weeks until 2017!
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
-William Arthur Ward
This time of year I am reminded and thankful for so many of the gifts and privileges I have received over the past year; it is impossible to pinpoint only one.
I am thankful for our Owners for not only keeping our doors open but opening new doors in the northside community. Our local vendors, who produce and create the delicious food we so love to eat. Our staff who continue to demonstrate commitment and dedication over a year ripe with changes and upheaval. I am eternally grateful that they tackle on-going challenges with the vim and vigor year after year, such as developing an optimal product mix to serve all of our Owners, creative ways to offer more of everything, and now supporting three locations for you to do your shopping.
Thanksgiving Day is closer than you think!
We are your source for all your traditional holiday ingredients, those newfound favorites, as well as those special dietary needs for your dinner guests. Our staff have outdone themselves ensuring you can get everything you need to wow family and friends at the dinner table on the 24th, and offer scrumptious leftovers for the days that follow.
Save room for dessert!
Pies, pies and more pies. Our Production Kitchen is once again ramping up pie production in order to meet your seasonal baked goods needs. We will be offering Door County cherry, local pumpkin, and local apple pies at each of our three sites—all three will also be available vegan and gluten-free. We will also offer pecan pie (although not vegan or gluten-free varities).
Our friends at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center will again be producing their traditional yummy goodness to support their annual pie sale fundraiser. Both Louisiana Sweet Potato Pecan and Sour Cream Apple pies will be available at Willy East beginning Sunday, November 20th.
Tempt your taste buds
You are invited to sample a variety of holiday meal items at our Holiday Showcase event set for Saturday, November 12th from 11:00am-5:00pm at each store. We plan to have it all; turkey, un-turkey, meatless entree options, and all the essential sides that make a Thanksgiving meal complete. These items will be available either from the Deli hot bar or through our catering program. Catering orders can be placed at willystreet.coop/catering.
• November 24th: Thanksgiving Day 7:30am–2:30pm
• December 24th: closing at 6:00pm
• December 25th: closed
• December 31st: regular hours (closing at 9:30pm)
• January 1st: closed
The annual Board retreat will take place this month. This yearly event is an opportunity for our Board members to get to know each other while also continuing to develop their understanding of governance work and the skills involved in order to better serve in their roles of representing our Owners and their interests.
There remains a slim chance we could still tackle the Willy North outdoor seating area project this fall (weather permitting). If not, we’ll have to wait until spring to add the outdoor seating area. Fingers crossed.
Willy Street Co-op has been working in partnership with a company to develop an online grocery delivery program to better serve our customers. Regrettably, after initial testing of this program, we have been unable to tweak the software to meet the needs of our shoppers and have decided to part ways. We will continue to provide our simplified, traditional delivery program in order to serve both businesses and homebound Owners. If you fall into one of these categories, and want delivery service, please contact . In the future, we hope to develop partnerships and infrastructure that could effectively support a successful online grocery program.