I live in Penn Hills, and I’m here twice a week.
What motivated you to start shopping at the Co-op?
The organic and vegan products – that’s what first brought me here and keeps me coming back two times a week!
What are some of your favorite things to get from the Co-op?
I really enjoy the lemon ginger kombucha; it has probiotics and it’s better than soda. The fresh fruit, vegetables and bulk goods are all quality.
If you could change one thing about the Co-op, what would it be?
I would like to see more community news – like when staff members leave, or when babies are born, things like that – because you form bonds with the people you meet here.
What do you love about the Co-op and hope will never change?
I love the Café! I think it is one of the best places to eat in Pittsburgh.
What’s different about the Co-op compared to other grocery stores?
I feel safe shopping here. The store is small, so it’s not overwhelming like the big stores, and it’s easier to find things. The staff are friendly, helpful and alert. And shopping here keeps money in the community.
How would you describe your lifestyle and how does the Co-op fit in?
I am very involved in peace, justice, environmental, and animal welfare activism. I try to live in harmony with the universe. I love Mother Earth and I’m in grief about how we are treating her. And that’s why I come to the Co-op. I buy organic because it’s a kinder way of treating the Earth. I prioritize local products because they cut down on the transportation costs and effects. I think we should be kinder to our brothers and sisters in the animal world, and there are a lot of vegan products here. Thank Goddess for the Co-op!