Record Giving

Rounding up a few cents at check out can really add up to a significant sum for local non-profits. Your co-op donated more than $40-thousand dollars to local non-profits through our Change for Community program in 2020. Average monthly fundraising from asking customers to round up purchases to the nearest dollar has tripled since moving to a bigger new space about a year ago.

To raise that kind of money, consistency in asking customers to round up is key. The pandemic has made that especially challenging with communication barriers including masks and plexiglass, but staff have been dedicated to the cause. One of our cashiers (Mason) came up with a solution—holding up a sign asking if you’d like to round up—for when it’s too difficult to hear.

“While it’s certainly never expected, we’d like to relay a heartfelt thank you to our shoppers who have rounded up. The success of this program is a testament to their generosity and the passion our staff has for community,” General Manager Matt Stanley said.

Through our Change for Community program, we raised a total of $64,130.56 in 32-months benefiting dozens of local non-profits. $40,347 was from 2020 alone. The monthly record was $4,732.95 for Clatsop Animal Assistance. Local non-profits serving our lower Columbia region can apply online. Our staff review applications and select recipients.

The current (January 2021) Change for Community recipient is North Coast Land Conservancy’s Rain Forest Reserve Project which aims to conserve 32-square miles of Oregon’s coastal forest. Anyone can shop at the co-op and can contribute to the program by rounding up or donating pocket change.

Pop-Up Donut Shop

UPDATE: Donuts are sold out!

Did you know it’s already been a year since the grand opening of our beautiful new store?! To celebrate, we’ve got a special offering of a wildly popular item, co-op donuts. If donuts are your jam, hop online and pre-order your box of donuts for pickup this Sunday, January 24.

To avoid store crowding, all donuts must be ordered ahead of time. These handmade, melt-in-your-mouth beauties are quite labor intensive, so the offering will be limited. We recommend ordering now before our stock runs out!

These are yeasted donuts and are not vegan or gluten-free. A box of 6 contains: 2 plain glazed, 2 chocolate glazed and 2 berry glazed. Cost is 9.99.

Donuts that aren’t picked up by closing time January 24 will be released to staff or donated to the food bank (no refunds). If you need your donuts curbside, call when you arrive (503) 325-0027 and we can make that happen.

Thank you so much for your support! This has been quite a challenging first year, but it has been a success thanks to YOU!

Self Care Sale

Salons and spas aren’t operating at full capacity in many areas, yet we still need grooming. So, your co-op is having a self care sale January 10–16. Save 20% on all body care: soaps, shampoos, natural hair coloring, lotions, bath salts, cosmetics, essential oils, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer and more. Enter to win prize giveaways and get free vendor samples. We hope this sale makes it easier to stock up on everyday essentials and items to pamper yourself.

Please note, sale is for in-store purchases only.

Aromatherapy, A Potent Lifestyle Complement

Save 20% on essential oils, soaps, lotions, cosmetics and more during our Self Care Sale January 10–16. Click here for details.

By Sarah Jaroszewski/Body Care Manager

A fascination with plants, especially flowers, began my journey into the diverse world of natural body care.

The inhalation of aromatic plant extracts activates olfactory nerves that send signals to the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. When used carefully, essential oils can offer uplifting and nurturing therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy methods include inhalation and topical applications.

Some of my favorite essential oils are lavender (angustifolia species), bergamot, may chang, clary sage, sandalwood, and frankincense. Essential oils or volatile oils from plants, barks and resins can be used in simple ways on-the-go and have numerous applications in the home.

Ways to use essential oils:

  • Inhalation – Simple inhalation from the bottle, nasal inhaler or a few drops on a cotton ball can be used. Using hot water for steam inhalation can help to soothe respiratory system discomfort.
  • Diffusion – Tiny oil molecules in water are dispersed into the air, many diffusers offer a multi-sensory experience combining light and color which enhance the experience.
  • Misting/Sprays – Creating personalized sprays for body, room or cleaning by combining essential oils with a carrier i.e., rose water, witch hazel, water or vinegar.
  • Massage/Skin Care – Select a carrier oil based on application/needs and add diluted essential oils. Essential oils can be added to lotions and soaps as well.

At the co-op, we offer several lines of essential oils as well as information from our suppliers. You can also check out these educational materials by following the links below.

Resources:

Pranarom

http://pranarom.us/about-us/about-us/

Aura Cacia

https://www.auracacia.com/community/about/quality

Now Foods

https://www.nowfoods.com/essential-oils/quality-safety

https://www.nowfoods.com/now/nowledge/diluting-essential-oils

12 Must-Have Oils

https://www.auracacia.com/community/essential-oil-must-haves

Free Printable

https://www.lovingessentialoils.com/blogs/essential-oil-tips/list-of-essential-oils-pdf

Types of Lavender Essential Oils

https://www.aromaculture.com/blog/the-differences-between-lavender-essential-oils

Disclaimer:

It is important to check contraindications and precautions before using essential oils. Essential oils should always be used with caution, particularly during pregnancy and/or with children and pets. Check with your medical provider for questions regarding interactions or medical conditions.

Festive Foods

The co-op kitchen has festive foods and baked goods so you can be merry not having to do quite so much cooking and dish washing. Cassoulet, a rich white bean casserole is the ultimate comfort food!

“It is the ultimate comfort food: rich meaty stew, baked in the oven, aromatic, warm, cozy. You want to eat it in front of a roaring fireplace with your wool slippers on,” the co-op’s Chef Andrew Catalano said.

Our classic, meaty version will include house-made duck confit and roasted garlic & sage pork sausage. A vegan option will have spiced tempeh and house-made roasted garlic & sage seitan. Both will be topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and an accompanying pickled raisin salsa verde.

Look for these delicious heat n’ eat entrees in our salad bar wells starting Tuesday, December 22 through Christmas eve while supplies last. Keep an eye out for our house baked pies and cookies as well.

Please note: we will be closing early on Christmas eve at 6pm and will be closed Christmas day. Happy holidays!

2021 Owner Benefits

Co-op owners can save up to 20% on a shopping trip during owner appreciation events four times per year in 2021. A tiered 10–20% quarterly discount has been a model we’ve used for several years that balances a tangible owner benefit with the viability of our business.

In order to prevent crowding that can occur with owner appreciation weeks, we plan to extend these events to a month-long, at least while the pandemic continues. Our first owner appreciation event will occur in February. So that means you’ll have the entire month to choose a shopping trip to save. The more you stock up, the more you can save. Here’s how the tiered discount works:

  • Get 10% off a purchase under $100.
  • Get 15% off a purchase of $100 or more.
  • Get 20% off a purchase of $150 or more.
  • Equity must be up-to-date to receive discount. Discount applies to items in stock and does not stack with case discounts.

We were happy to be able to make it a little easier to stock up by temporarily offer a monthly 10% discount in the fall-winter of 2020. Those monthly discounts really add up though and aren’t financially sustainable long-term. We will continue to communicate with you about owner appreciation events via co-op email, web site and in-store signage. Click here to sign up for email co-op news. Thanks so much for your support!

Not a co-op owner? You’re always welcome to shop and if you’re interested in learning about the benefits of co-op ownership click here.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Sale

Traveling may be out of the question, but you can take your taste buds on a little adventure with wine and cheese from around the world. Save 20% when you buy any combination of six or more bottles of wine or specialty cheese December 2–15.

What’s specialty cheese? It is our amazing selection of hand-cut local and imported cheeses. Just look for the co-op pricing label to be sure. We hope you’ll be able to stock up on favorites and try something new.

Bowls of the World

Fresh Deal! Get one of our signature bowls for just 6.99 (reg. 8.99) Dec 2–15

The co-op kitchen’s service counter is open for takeout daily 11am–6pm. Take a break from cooking and enjoy items from our “Bowls of the World” menu, globally-inspired meals, fast and fresh. Click here to see the menu.

To help you plan ahead during these crazy times, we’ve photographed each bowl on the menu so you can see your options before heading to the store.

There are several ways to customize. Turn any bowl into a salad by swapping rice for organic greens. You can add extra protein, veggies or sauce. And of course, you can totally build your bowl just how you like it.

Grab n’ Go

Make sure you check out our grab n’ go cooler for sandwiches, wraps, desserts, sides, pizzas, heat n’ eat entrees, dips and more. Looking for a salad? Those are currently pre-packaged in the salad bar.

Quality Food

Our cooks make everything from scratch with 100% organic produce. Our kitchen uses the same high product standards as the rest of the store. You won’t find things like artificial sweeteners, trans-fats or growth hormones in any of our food.

Stop by or give us a call if you have any questions (503) 325-0027. Thanks!

 

Board Election Results

While the world watched to see who the next US president would be, the co-op was having an election too, albeit much more low key!  This was our first time offering electronic voting for a Board of Directors election. A total of 228 co-op owners (members) voted for two uncontested seats. Here are the results:

  • Ryan Newstrum was elected to seat 7.
  • Venus Fromwiller was re-elected to seat 8.

We’re also pleased to announce that Vance McDermott who works in our grocery department is our new Staff Director. Big thanks to Terrance Stearns for his time serving in that role. Click here to see a full list of our Board of Directors, the people representing our community-owned business.

If you are a co-op owner and did not receive an email for voting, please get in touch with lynne@astoria.coop so we can get an up-to-date email address in our system for next time. Thanks!

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