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those interested in the co-op could get together and create something small that grows with community support. i plan on researching this further, talking with co-ops that are successful and people in beacon who would like to see this idea become a reality.
on an unrelated tangent - i'm new to the area. is there a community center where cooking workshops are done? cooking classes and workshops elsewhere?
Tom, I didn't know that about the liquor store law. How archaic!
Also David, keep in mind RE wine and liquor...they are required to close at 7pm as per county laws.
Just a quick note on the closing early thing since it seems to come up here every so often...we close at 7 on most nights and honestly we are lucky to get a single customer after 6pm during a week. We used to be open until 8 one night for commuters and after about a year we realized that we had less than a dozen total sales after 7pm. I know there are some who get home later but it just dosen't pay to keep the lights on and pay employees to stay past 6 or 7.
hmmm guy... i guess whatever i was "smokin" was pretty good stuff. i don't feel so stupid for mentioning the co-op after all.
i would really like to collaborate on this idea further with anyone interested in making this dream a reality. food prices are climbing right along with gas/oil, so cutting costs anywhere we can will be essential.
FYI...This article is back from 1989..I used to live in this area. Pleasantville is hardly Podunk..and this was there for many many years......Pleasantville, N.Y., the Way of Life Natural Foods Co-op has moved into larger quarters at 503A Bedford Road (at Pleasantville Road). To celebrate, there will be tastings and cooking demonstrations through Oct. 14.
This co-op, which began as a food-buying club in a member's home in the late 1960's, has grown to nearly 1,000 members. It is a well-stocked store carrying a large variety of foods, including organic produce, and household products. The tastings are open to the public, but only members may shop in the co-op.
The annual membership fee is $15, and members must contribute some time to the organization. Those who cannot give time must pay a 15 percent surcharge on purchases. A one-month trial membership is $1.50.
To that point, we have an astonishing trend of stores closing EARLY during the week. I mean, are these people MAD???! I generally work from home, but commute to NYC sometimes (and used to everyday). I wouldn't get home till 7-7:30. Do you think I can get anything done on Main St. at that time? Not much, maybe a wine store and restaurants. Businesses fail when they don't understand their clientele.
As far as locals using Main as a thru street to 9, we should be encouraging traffic to Verplanck or 9D via Teller more. Not ideal considering the neighborhoods and schools, but they already see a fair amount of traffic.
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