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On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

Panzanella RestaurantLate this afternoon, via social media linked to a News and Observer article, came the gut punch news that beloved local restaurant Panzanella is closing.  On a personal level, this is just very, very sad.  Since my wife and I got married over a decade ago, we have celebrated all sorts of major life

Weaver Street Market Annual Meeting

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Anyone else going to this tonight?

Annual Meeting: September 9, 2013Annual-Meeting-graphic-2013.png

Owners: if you didn't RSVP you can still come to tonight's meeting. It might be standing room only. (We'll find seats for those who need them.) 

We are excited to have Gar Alperovitz speak at this year’s Annual Meeting. Gar is a leading thinker about developing a new economy based on community enterprise. In his latest book, What Then Must We Do?, Gar speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely—and something entirely American.

Date: 

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Century Center, Carrboro

Weaver Street Market Co-operative Planning More Stores

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Weaver Street Market Co-operative still has $8 million in loans to repay from its last failed expansion project in 2007/2008. Yet, it is now planning, in its '2022 Vision', to build at least three more stores over the next decade.

I’m sorry. I misspoke. A few of the self-selected upper management in the corporate office in Hillsborough, NC are making these plans.  And, to date, have shared them only with other managers.

A Song of Solidarity (Red, White & Blue)

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This is a bit of a stretch for an Orange County blog. But not much of one. All around America, progressives are concerned at the civil rights of ordinary workers, and the plight of those most at risk in society. Not least with the effect at every level of government of the new austerity - whether natural or Republican-driven. And that goes for Orange County too.

Sometimes a song can have more immediate effect than a thousand speeches. So I wrote a song. Inspired by the fight for rights by workers both here in Orange County and all around America.

Weaver Street Workers' Woes Continue ...

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As an active worker-owner with Weaver Street Market Co-operative these past six years, I have worked hard not only to help WSM be successful as a business, but also as a model for democratic co-operation. It is with regret that I have to report that WSM continues to fail on both counts. It is time now to begin an active, community-wide conversation about the future financial and co-operative direction of WSM, and I invite OrangePolitics to take part in that conversation.

Ominous news for downtown Carrboro

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Part of the latest Weaver Street Market newsletter states that Weaver Street Market has sold their property at the corner of Greensboro and Main Streets to Mark Pantlin of Raleigh. (This was the former location of WCOM and Community Realty.) Apparently they had high hopes for this high-profile property in the center of Carrboro, but finally resigned themselves to just taking the money and avoiding the hassle of a new venture and new development. I keep hearing the word "Walgreens" come up in discussions of this corner, so this makes me nervous.

Mark Pantlin on CorporationWikiA friend and I did a little research to see if we could find out more about this developer. Pantlin lives in Cary, and on a LinkedIn profile he says he is President of Pantlin Development. (But he only has one connection on LinkedIn, and the NC Dept of State says Pantlin Development was dissolved in 2009.) I found him on this neat CorporationWiki network map (at left), which also lists some other companies to which he may be related.  It also looks like he donated to the Republican National Committee in 2001 and to George Bush in 1999.  

Of more concern is the possibility of a national chain not just locating, but developing a lot (or multiple lots, probably) in the heart of Carrboro. Since it would be right across the street from an existing chain drug store, you can't even really argue that it's meeting some community need.

Weaver Street Market Annual Meeting

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Sunday, October 25 at the Carrboro Century Center
6:30 pm Local Food Tasting
Meeting 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to share your thoughts, find out what your fellow-owners are thinking, and have an effect on our future together.

• Engage in lively dinner conversation about the Co-op of the future!
• Hear the "State of the Co-op" reports from the General Manager and the Board of Directors!
• Hear Michael Shuman Speak on "Building a Local Food System" - Get your ticket now! • 4th Annual Cooperative Community Fund Awards!
• Meet the candidates for Board of Directors!
• Vote for a candidate for the Board of Directors!
• Raffle prizes!

Date: 

Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center

The Weaver Street Market Board: The OTHER important election this fall

We thought turnout for the municipal elections in Carrboro was low, but word on the street is that the turnout for the board elections at Weaver Street Market is abyssmal. Apparently even though many folks in Carrboro are members of the Weaver Street Market cooperative, only a couple of hundred members actually vote in a given election for the board. Considering there are probably 10,000+ members (educated guess based on the membership numbers i'm hearing people give at the register these days), that's a 1-2% turnout rate. Considering that the market is arguably the soul and conscience of Carrboro, it's surprising that so few people take a moment to learn about the candidates and take the important step of voting.

This year we're hoping that changes. So in an effort to promote voting of "consumer-owners", both candidates for the board have written this piece to get the word out about the voting, to tell you a little about ourselves, and to encourage each of you to reach out to your friends and neighbors and encourage them to vote as well.

Weaver Street Market Owner Meeting

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Weaver Street Market is moving from discounts at the register to a patronage dividend system, and the Board of Directors wants your feedback and the opportunity to answer your questions.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, another will be held Sunday, May 31st at 7pm in the Carrboro Century Center.  Or, you can email our Board directly at board@weaverstreetmarket.coop.

Date: 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Big Barn in Hillsborough

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