Think of a co-op, and REI might come to mind. The outdoor gear retailer is a huge consumer cooperative. In Everett, the Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op sells organic groceries to hundreds of members. Now, a local coffee shop is working to become a cooperative business.
Marilyn Rosenberg opened Cafe Zippy in downtown Everett in 2005. Since November, Rosenberg and a planning group have been meeting to explore turning the cafe named for its owner's Dalmatian into a co-op.
Already a gathering place, it hosts live music, poetry events, raw-food classes and game nights. Rosenberg hopes to involve more people, expand Zippy's mission and perhaps work fewer hours than she does now.
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