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Staff Introductions

With every day here at Willy West getting a little bit busier I wanted to thank the many Owners that have shown such an enthusiastic interest in ourCo-op here in Middleton. Our Front End team has really enjoyed being able to introduce so many of you to the great things the Co-op has to offer, such as Wellness Wednesday, pre-order case discounts and Owner Rewards sales. One of the best parts of our jobs is being able to let you know about the things that we do here to benefit the community around us, like our CHIP program and the food pantry donation shelf. So, with all of the time you have spent getting to know the Co-op we thought maybe it was time to give all the new and longtime Owners a chance to get to know those smiling faces that are checking out and bagging your groceries and waiting to help you at our Customer Service desk here at Willy West.

Some Front Enders may look familiar to those of you that have shopped at Willy East but many of our staff members are new to the Co-op. I gave everyone on the Front End team a questionnaire asking about their lives inside and outside of the Co-op. I didn’t have room for everyone but here are some of the fantastic members of our front end team.

Amber, Cashier for 7 months

What do you like best about working at the Co-op?
“I LOVE cashiering because I think it’s really fun and it is something I am good at!”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“The Willy Street Co-op Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best cookies I’ve ever had in my life and I tell all of my friends about them.”

Any fun summer plans?
“All of my favorite bands are on a tour called Warped Tour. The tour is coming to Milwaukee and Chicago and I need to go!”

Frantseska, Supervisor for 8 months

What made you want to work at the Co-op?
“I was out of luck in my life and I needed something positive and fun. My husband was the one that brought home the job application. When I had my interview, I knew that this was a perfect match!”

What do you do for fun?
“I swim, bike, run, eat, sleep, repeat.”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“I love the Willy Street Co-op bagel chips with nutritional yeast!”

Patrick, Cashier for 6 months

What do you like best about working at the Co-op?
“Meeting and interacting with awesome people.”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“The Eggless Tofu Salad from the Deli is my new obsession. It reminds me of regular egg salad which was my favorite before I stopped eating eggs.”

What is your favorite thing to do in the Middleton/Madison area?
“During the summer I like meeting my friends and family down at the Capitol for Concerts on the Square, and I really enjoy going to the rummage sales all around Madison and Middleton neighborhoods.”

Shea, Cashier for 6 months

What made you want to work at the Co-op?
“I was already shopping here, so I figured I might as well work here. It looked like a fun place to work and not much can be done with a history degree without a teaching certificate.”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“Just Coffee. I like what they stand for and it tastes good.”

What is your favorite thing to do in the Madison/Middleton area?
“Olbrich Gardens.”

Kelly, Supervisor for 6.5 years

What do you like best about working at the Co-op?
“I enjoy being a part of bringing local, organic food to lots of people. Plus, my co-workers are great!”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“All the great organic produce.”

What is your favorite Madison/Middleton area farmers market?
“The Northside Farmers’ Market on the corner of Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr.”

Ellen a.k.a. “Fancy,” cashier for 6 months

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“The Deli Tuna Salad and the Tribeca Ovens Rustic Olive Bread.”

What made you want to work at the Co-op?
“It is a great organization to work for with a friendly atmosphere and I can walk to work!”

What is your favorite thing to talk to customers about?
“My boys, Peanut and PeeWee! They are waggly tail, black and tan, short hair dachshunds.”

Jenny, Front End Manager for 8 months

What do you like best about working at the Co-op?
“I really enjoy the people I work with and the relaxed, supportive, environment. I also love that I’m not just coming to a job but I am learning so much and supporting local farmers and businesses.”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“The Denver Fritatta from the breakfast bar.”

What is your favorite thing to talk to customers about?
“Food! I am not a very creative cook, so I love hearing people talk about new recipes or foods they’ve tried. It gives me great inspiration.”

Kelly, Customer Service for 6 months
 

What do you like best about working at the Co-op?
“The thing I like best about the Co-op is the strong sense of community between employees and shoppers because it is something you don’t typically have in a conventional grocery store. There is a mutual respect that makes this job really enjoyable.”

What is your favorite Co-op product?
“Being a cherry addict, my favorite Co-op product would have to be the Cherry Charger smoothie from the juice bar.”

What is your favorite thing to do in the Middleton/Madison area?
“As a mother of two young children who is on a budget, there is nothing better than an afternoon at the Henry Vilas Zoo!”

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