Main Menu

Everyone Welcome - Open 7:30am - 9:30pm daily

What’s New in the Front End


During the months of August and September we usually have a huge influx of new owners, and this year was no different. In August we had 460 new owners join and this helped us to reach a milestone: we signed up member number 50,000 that month! Seems like just yesterday that we were at 40,000 (it was actually in August of 2005). Welcome to all of our new owners this year!

Address and membership changes

This is also the time of year for new addresses, so just a reminder that when you move, please stop by Customer Service to update your address and phone number. This way we can ensure that you continue to receive the Reader as well as any special mailings for elections, CAP coupon books, other voting occasions and important Co-op information. We do our best to keep addresses current as well, and when we think our information is incorrect there will be an “address flag” on your membership so the cashier can verify that your address is correct and change it if it isn’t.

Along with new addresses, you may also have had a change in your living situation. Our Customer Service staff can assist you if you need to change your membership from an Individual to a Household membership because of a second adult now living at your same address; or if you now live alone, they can convert your Household to an Individual. You can also change the secondary member on your Household membership at Customer Service. If you ever have any questions about membership, please do not hesitate to ask our staff!

New staff

We had a six-month stretch without hiring any new staff, but as you may have noticed we have recently hired some wonderful new cashiers. To help you get to know them, here’s some interesting information about them:

Daniel Oliveras

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?: I had a great experience at the The Wedge in Minneapolis. I like the customers and employees.

What songs/CDs would we find in your CD player/iPod or on your computer?: ’60s pop/soul, ’70s punk, ’80s mostly Brits, and ’90s hip hop.

Last movie yousaw in the theater: Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey, Jr. was a riot.

Guilty Pleasure: Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers, and I always scan through People magazine.

Where would you go on a dream vacation?: To Austin for South by Southwest. The dream would be to have clones to see every show.

Nick Loveland

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?: Well, I’m queer and always wanted to work somewhere where that is 100% okay.

What do you like to do when you are not at the Co-op?: School, School, School.

Favorite TV show: Roseanne.

Favorite book: I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris.

Where would you go on a dream vacation?: Greece! Please take me!

Katie Baeten

What do you like the best about working in the Front End?: Meeting a lot of new people—good public survey opportunity.

What have you learned since starting at the Co-op?: How to identify produce in only numerical form.

Favorite book: Dante’s Inferno.

What are some of the songs/CDs we would find in your CD player, iPod or on your computer?: Madonna, Rage Against the Machine, Iron & Wine, TV on the Radio.

Guilty Pleasure: Coloring books and crayons. Sometimes chocolate and Lite Brites.

Judd O’Connor

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?: Everyone just always seems so nice. I also heard of the amazing benefits.

What have you learned since starting the Co-op?: How to memorize lots and lots of numbers; how to cook kale.

Favorite book: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.

What are some of the songs/CDs we would find in your CD player, iPod or on your computer?: Crystal Castles, Fujiya Miyagi, The Knife, Joy Division, Peter Bjorn and John, random ’80s songs. “Jesse’s Girl” is my favorite ’80s song.

Guilty Pleasure: Amy Winehouse, unicorns, silly tattoos that make no sense (I have many).

Zelda Porter

Why did you want to work at the Co-op?: Because it’s amazing and delicious.

What do you like to do when you are not at the Co-op?: Roller Derby!

Favorite Movie: Anything film noir.

One luxury item you would want with you if you were stranded on a desert island: Lipstick, glitter and my favorite hoodie.

What is something that no one really knows about you?: I have secret super powers! Shh...

More on the way

We’re anticipate having addition new staff before the holidays, so please give them a warm Willy Street Co-op welcome and we thank you for your patience while they are learning their new positions!