I live in Allegheny County, near Deer Lakes Park, and I’m here at least twice a week.
What was your motivation for coming to and/or joining the Co-op? Initially I came here because I worked in Squirrel Hill and enjoyed looking around for good places to eat in the city. As I’ve gotten to know the place over the last ten years, I’ve come to realize this is the best place to shop! I worked for decades for non-profits, so I’m committed to supporting local organizations.
What is your favorite thing you get from the Co-op and what’s so great about it? Of course the food is excellent here, but the body care and supplements are the best you will find anywhere. Germaine and Jackson do an incredible job vetting everything that they carry.
If you could change one thing about the Co-op, what would it be? The size of the store is a challenge. The middle of the day and the weekends can get crowded. We’re just maxed out on space at this location, but I can see that it’s continually being worked on and improved. I would hate for the Co-op to leave this spot. That’s a tough question!
What do you LOVE and hope will never change about the Co-op?
There are so many vegan options! And I love getting recipes from the Café.
What makes shopping at the Co-op different than other stores?
In my opinion, there is no other store that supports local to this degree. It’s not for profit. And it’s an essential part of Pittsburgh history!
What do you like to do when you’re not at the Co-op?
I’m retired after 40 years of working in Finance for non-profits. I’m now serving on the board of Women for a Healthy Environment – a huge cause of mine. I’m also a retired tri-athlete, and I still run, bike, swim and hike.
How would you describe your lifestyle, and how does the Co-op fit in? I think the answer is self-evident in my answers to all of the above! The Co-op represents my lifestyle – it’s a continuation of me.