Fresh New Look

By Zetty Nemlowill/Marketing Director

In our last newsletter I told you we’d be freshening up the co-op’s look and now… it’s official (see our new logo below)! We’re making this change now so that we will be ready to start designing our new store. We’re still the same co-op you know and love; we’re just getting better at sharing our story.

To survive and thrive, especially in a larger, more visible store, we need everyone to understand what makes Astoria Co+op different and why they might want to shop here. A logo and tag line can help represent this visually.

You’ll notice the subtle name change of “Astoria Co+op” instead of “Astoria Co-op Grocery.” The shorter name looks great, is very friendly and can be paired with our tagline (good. local. food.) It is simple and easy to understand at a glance.

The plus sign aligns our brand with the Co+op, stronger together brand and highlights our cooperative ownership. This allows us to fully utilize the resources available through our membership with National Co+op Grocers—Co+op Deals flyers, coupons, bags, coffee cups, and signs—while maintaining a cohesive visual identity with materials produced in-house.

Astoria Artist Roger McKay paints the new logo on our outside wall.

I believe this change will result in an increase in efficiency, allowing us to mature into an even more competitive business, lowering operating costs while still treating our employees well.

While a new logo is an important symbol, it is our amazing staff, dedicated owners and shoppers, local farmers, delicious food, and being 100% community-owned that makes our co-op truly unique and special. Thank you for your continued support!

Disco+ver Back to School Savings

Back to school season is here and your co-op is stocked with amazing deals for every budget on products your family needs. Save big on healthy snacks, lunch box fillers, and wonderful weeknight meal essentials. Save over $55 on products like Woodstock, Clif, Annie’s and Organic Valley. You’ll also find some late-summer recipes to try!

Look for coupon books at the store entrance. We also try and provide the coupon right at the shelf near the products. Coupons are valid through August 31, 2018.

Click on the coupon book cover to see what’s inside…

Project Appeal

Here’s an update from General Manager Matt Stanley:

The co-op’s Design Review Committee approval has been appealed by three Mill Pond residents. We will go before the City Council on July 30th at 6 p.m. at Astoria City Hall. The approval process has proved to be more challenging than anticipated. However, the greater Astoria community continues to provide us with enduring support.

We remain confident that the perceived negative impact to these individuals is vastly outweighed by the benefits the co-op brings to both them and the community at-large.

We will provide further updates as the hearing approaches. It will be imperative that the City Councilors and the Mayor hear from you urging them to vote to uphold the sound decision made by the Design Review Committee. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with further questions or concerns.

Woodstock Wagon Giveaway

This June, WOODSTOCK wants you to get Hooked on Organic. Visit the co-op and save $5 on any 4 WOODSTOCK organic condiments, pickles and relish AND enter to win a coveted WOODSTOCK wagon!

WOODSTOCK celebrates foods that make you feel great about what you buy, eat, and serve your family. They believe in options that are simple, pure, and good for our world. Give your barbeque the perfect finish with WOODSTOCK’s organic condiments, pickles, and relish, Because Organic is always Non-GMO and so much more, WOODSTOCK invites you to get Hooked on Organic all summer long!

Design Review Meeting

We must receive approval at a Design Review Committee meeting on Thursday evening in order to stay on track to build you a bigger co-op! Meeting details are now available online.

Following our first go-round with the committee, we’ve provided an updated proposal to the city that we strongly feel meets criteria. Your presence at the meeting will help demonstrate to the committee that there is broad community support for the project. The Design Review Committee meets at Astoria City Hall Thursday June 7 at 5:30 p.m. Please contact General Manager Matt Stanley matt@astoria.coop if you have questions or need more information. Thanks for your continued support!

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June Change for Community Recipient

We’re super excited to be raising funds for the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank in the month of June!

The food bank’s mission is to eliminate hunger and provide food to those who need it. Staff and volunteers distribute about 1.5 million pounds of food throughout the county per year. Almost half of that is fresh food! It was the first food bank in Oregon to do a fresh mobile produce pantry.

Let’s raise funds for this awesome organization! Round up your purchase total, bring a bag and donate your bean, or share your pocket change.

Selling groceries might keep our store in business, but giving back to our community is at the heart of what we do. With your help we can be the positive change for community!

Owner Appreciation Week

Our next owner appreciation week is May 13 – May 19, 2018. Co-op owners save 10% on a shopping trip. Meet local producers and sample food and drinks. We’ve got quite the line up of demos scheduled. See our online calendar for tasting dates and times.

Plus, we’ll be grilling free lunch for you on Thursday May 17. Stop by anytime between 11-1 for tasty, quality food suitable for a variety of diets (vegan and gluten-free included). It’s our way of saying how much we appreciate your continued support!

Everyone is welcome to shop at the co-op, no membership necessary, but ownership does have benefits. Learn more about co-op ownership here.

Please note: equity payments must be up to date to receive the discount, which applies to items in stock and doesn’t stack with case discounts.

Change for Community

Selling groceries might keep our store in business, but giving back to our community is at the heart of what we do. We think this new program will reap big rewards for community nonprofits. There are three ways for you to help: round up your purchase total to the nearest dollar, bring a bag and donate your bean, or share your pocket change.

Our May Change for Community Recipient:
Astoria Parks Foundation provides scholarships for local individuals and families to access health and wellness opportunities through the Astoria Parks & Recreation Department.

Last year the foundation raised $30,000 through several events including Run on the River and awarded nearly 1000 scholarships. Your co-op has been a proud sponsor of the foundation’s events. This summer we’re sponsoring one of the foundation’s Parks After Dark movies: Beetlejuice on June 16.

Let’s raise funds for this awesome organization!  To find out other ways to participate or donate please visit astoriaparksfoundation.com.