Even though our co-op continues to thrive and sales figures are up every month, people still remind us quite often that they believe we are high-priced and out of reach. The implication sometimes is that we are trying to price gouge. Sometimes it’s difficult not to react defensively to this oft quoted accusation. But in all honesty, it’s true that many products we carry ARE more expensive than at other stores. But rarely is the complete picture ever considered when shoppers make such comparisons. The most popular comparison is between our store and Meijer. While this debate deserves a thorough discussion, which we will do in future posts, today we are simply highlighting the many opportunities to be a smart shopper at Oryana and save lots of money on everyday items!
Members, if you haven’t already voted for the non-profit organization of your choice for our Community Grant Program, you still have time to do so. Just drop by the store, read about the organizations that applied for the grant at Customer Service, get your ballot, and vote. Voting for the grant ends April 1.
Food For Change is a work-in-progress documentary about food co-ops, local economies, and food security. The film focuses on the role food co-ops play in communities and gives an historical backdrop to the current cooperative movement by examining the growth of co-ops during the 1930’s and the 1970’s.
A few food pet peeves:
When I’m eating at a restaurant and someone comes to the next table that was recently vacated and pulls out a huge bottle of noxious cleaning spray and proceeds to douse the entire surface of the table and send a cloud of pine-scented fumes over to my table where I am trying to eat.
When people salt their food before they even taste it.
When people overcook meat and it is so tough that it’s inedible.