"...If you’ve ever lived in Austin, you know Wheatsville Co-op is the emblematic grocer of a bygone era. In lieu of financial backing from a startup accelerator fund, neighbors pitched in, and a small-time donation was the key that allowed you to grocery shop...."
"...The on-site brewery is just a few steps away – perhaps the discussion could continue over a local craft brew in the taproom? After the glasses are drained, there's time to sign the kids up for whittling and canning classes and take a quick dip in the pool. And then – well, probably early to bed, because tomorrow there's a co-op retreat, wherein residents will decide what kind of compost-collection service to implement next month...."
"...Instead of purchasing the house itself, residents purchase a "membership share" in the cooperative. This includes the exclusive right to live in the house, a vote on co-op matters, and a share in common areas like trails and the community building, and in the farm...."
"...Last week a group calling itself the Wheatsville Staff Solidarity Collective published an open letter detailing a host of complaints about working conditions at Wheatsville Co-op, as well as a call for the grocery to raise its starting wage from $9.50 to $11.38 per hour, that being the city of Austin's current living wage standard...."
"...Despite Santa Claus' best intentions, Christmas cheer came to an abrupt end for the residents of the West Campus student co-op Arrakis. During the evening of December 26, 2000, at approximately 6pm, the two-story, 10-bedroom, three-bathroom structure caught fire, effectively destroying the building and leaving its 12 student residents homeless and possessing nothing but the charred remains of their former lives...."
"...As of Wednesday, ATX Co-op Taxi is in business. If you see a bright green taxi shuttling around the city this weekend, that's a car from the co-op..."
"...Pedernales Electric Cooperative's board of directors faced an angry challenge from its membership over the weekend, as hundreds of the co-op's customers showed up at the board's annual meeting to criticize election procedures and financial practices...."
"...Dear Editor, Re: Forthcoming 2010 Pedernales Electric Cooperative elections – annual meeting: Many homeowners and communities within the Austin area served by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative do not seem to be aware that their electric bills are substantially higher than those of Austin Energy. The PEC is the largest electric co-op in the nation with more than 220,000 members and a geographic service area the size of Massachusetts..."
"...FutureFusion Salon teams the lo-fi, Super-8 folks at the Cinemaker Co-op with the all-digital Conduitfesters for an evening of showcases, demonstrations, drinks, and grub. No-budget filmmaking meets digital media production..."
"...A new museum honoring UT's women's sports is now open on the second floor of the University Co-Op on the Drag. Visitors can peep the UT women’s national championship team wall, conference and national championship trophies, Olympic medals, and much more..."
"...Directed by: Various. The gang at the Cinemaker Co-op challenged their membership to make some trailers for the SXSW Film Festival 2002 that were as good as the ones screened in 2001 (viewable online at www.sxsw.com/coverage2002/burgerhut.php/..."
"...Directed by: Various. Make a Film in a Weekend (M.A.F.I.A.) Festival consists of screenings of the film projects that were sponsored two weekends ago by the Cinemaker Co-op in which more than 50 participants had a two-day deadline in which to make three-minute-long, one-reel, in-camera-edited Super-8 films which also had to feature an unidentified mystery prop..."
"...Thanks to sponsorship of the University Co-op, all performances and events are free. For more information, visit www.coopnwf.org...."
"...A group of Austinites is proposing to sustain that cooperative spirit and expand it to other sectors of the economy. "With Occupy Wall Street," says Mark Wochner, a board member at both Wheatsville Food Co-op and Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, "people were asking for an alternative model that was focused on the individual, the community, and being good for the environment..."
"..."The thing I like about the cooperative movement is that it actually moves," keynote speaker Jim Hightower said last year at Austin's inaugural Cooperative Summit. That movement has continued to sprout new Austin co-ops in the 14 months since that speech..."
"...Head out into the Downtown streets that night (or the arrivals level downstairs at ABIA) and you would have seen yellow, white, and blue taxicabs whipping around for new fares. Most prominent, perhaps, were the relatively new lime green cabs belonging to ATX Co-op Taxi..."
"...Enter Austin's Cinemaker Co-op, a not-for-very-much-profit film collective that has for the past three years made a sacred mission out of promoting the creation of Super-8 short films in the capital city. Boasting a roll call featuring some of the city's most widely recognized film talents (Deb Lewis, Luke Savisky, and Gonzo Gonzales among many others), the Co-op, under the guidance of co-founder and nonstop mouthpiece Barna Kantor, offers interested filmmakers and the just plain curious an umbrella organization to assist in all aspects of the resuscitation of the once moribund film format..."
"...But with the securing of an actual physical location late last year, those idealistic nuts at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery have taken a major step toward proving me wrong and establishing the nation's first-ever cooperatively run brewpub...."
"...Wheatsville Co-op has taken the step of expanding beyond the campus area. The first, long-desired and eagerly-awaited new Wheatsville location at 4001 South Lamar will open this Friday morning, Sept..."
"...This announcement comes less than a day after subpoenas were issued for PEC General Manager Bennie Fuelberg and former board President W.W. "Bud" Burnett to explain to Congress about their management (or, as is accused by rate payers facing soaring bills, mismanagement) of the biggest electricity co-op in Texas, and a week since the entire board was replaced in elections...."
"...Federation of Worker Cooperatives and was awarded the 2007 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. Six years ago he founded the GWC as a "business incubator" of worker-owned co-ops in environmentally sustainable industries..."
"...Moontower Co-op certainly knows how to party: local bluegrass, massages, and a farm-to-table menu complete with craft beer and cider. This Saturday the co-op will be hosting its annual farm social at Tecolote Farm, the longest-running CSA in Texas...."
"...Pulling a shift at a building-supply store, she's also drowning her sorrows in random sexual activity. At the co-op where she lives, things are tense until, unexpectedly, former Iraq War vet Nate (a cadaverous Taylor) shows up, and a tentative platonic friendship evolves between the misfit pair..."
"...The world’s first cooperatively owned brewpub is expanding its business into local bars. Two of Black Star Co-op’s most popular beers will now be available on draft at several of Austin’s finest craft-brew hubs...."
"...Tensions between the taxicab franchises and its drivers’ local union are on the rise this week after the association caught wind of news that Yellow Cab President Ed Kargbo had introduced a petition that opposes Council’s consideration of awarding 405 new permits to the proposed driver-owned taxicab co-op...."
"...A call to boycott quickly gathered national momentum. Now the local backlash could mean a historic removal of the organic brand's goods off Wheatsville Co-op's shelves...."
"...Street food appealing to the hungry student masses is no stranger to the area around the University Co-op. However, this new food trailer court on the back parking lot of the student bookstore is the first of its kind there...."
"...-Hot Sauce Fest -Back to School at UT Co-Op -Best of Austin '09 -ACL Wristband Giveaway!..."
"...The cascade of events beginning with the September 11 horror shaped the theme of Cinemaker Co-op's December festival of Super-8 films. Initially, they wanted to give filmmakers the opportunity to respond to September 11 and other world events..."
"...The workaday folks from the places that make Austin great have met for at least seven scrimmages so far this spring … uh, winter leading up to the 2009 season Opening Day doubleheader on March 29. This year, the league has 10 teams: the five originals (The Austin Chronicle, BookPeople, Emo’s Lounge, KOOP Radio and Waterloo Records) plus newbies the Brentwood Donkeys, C3 Presents, the Fucking Nihilist Eagles of New Brohemia (Transmission off the diamond), SXSW and Wheatsville Food Co-op..."
"...Today Wheatsville Co-op announced that its membership had voted to remove Eden Foods products from its shelves. The packaged organic giant was among the companies calling for an end to Obamacare's contraception mandate...."
"...If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the folks at Austin Beerworks should have very flushed cheeks. Inspired by the seven feet long 99-packs of Peacemaker Anytime Ale, Wheatsville Co-op has created a very limited edition companion piece..."
"...In April, the University Co-op announced it was buying out Bevo's Bookstore, a Drag fixture since the 1970s, so it could expand its software department. Meanwhile, Texas Textbooks blamed its closure -- announced about a week after the Bevo's buyout -- on a downward spiral that began with a faulty computer system..."
"...Sounds damn good to us – we're already impressed with the brewers of Black Star Co-op and Jester King and Live Oak and Thirsty Planet and the others – and we're glad Russell Etchen and Haley Householder and Rebecca Marino are among the artists. But, before we head over to the compound at 613 Allen this Saturday (Sept..."
"...Three $1,000 prizes will be offered for best books in fiction, nonfiction, and literary categories for books published between September 1, 1996 and July 31, 1997. The awards are cosponsored by the University Co-op; awards will be presented September 21..."
"...The press release describes Last Expedition as an “ambitious original title” and a “sci-fi co-op FPS.” All in all it sounds like friendly competition for the very games they’ve worked on in the past and certainly plays to the company’s strengths in the first-person shooter genre...."
"...Veggie noodles are available for order on Greenling, in Whole Foods Market Downtown, and will be stocked at Wheatsville Co-op South Lamar location tomorrow. Recipes on how to prepare the veggie noodles are available online...."
"...Even as Wheatsville Food Co-op was planning its 20th anniversary celebration last March, the neighborhood grocery store was, in truth, hobbling along. Sales were down 10%, the store was posting its first yearly loss in almost a decade, and longtime members -- the lifeline of the co-op -- had dropped out of sight. Business was bleak last spring and worsened further under summer's heavy malaise..."
"...Co-op not Corp-op Dear Editor:..."
"...That was the question Dan Gillotte, general manager of Wheatsville Co-op, asked himself two years ago at the beginning of an arduous process to provide every employee of the local grocery stores with a living wage. The question marks the balance that every employer must strike – but for Wheatsville, sustained complaints from underpaid workers threatened to undermine its image as an ethical and mission-driven community business..."
"...RL: Yeah, that's satisfying to see. It also seems like your film grows out of the personnel and a kind of aesthetic of the Cinemaker Co-op [see accompanying story]..."
"...Century House is one of 12 women's co-ops in danger of losing its lease with the university. photograph by Jana Birchum..."
"...The trouble with owning an all-region DVD player these days is that I never seem to leave the house anymore not when there are 1,001 nights of obscure, Region 3 Japanese horror films to catch up on. This has changed, however, in the past three weeks, since lately the only thing playing on my Sony XV-N55 has been a home-burned compilation DVD of movies created by the kids over at the Center for Young Cinema, which merged with longtime Austin film group the Cinemaker Co-op in Spring 2003 to form the Motion Media Arts Center...."
"...The TDAA, before then a consortium of disenfranchised drivers – mostly immigrants – shouting with little success for better rights from the three franchises (Yellow Cab, Austin Cab, and Lone Star Cab), escalated into a body that could get its seat at the big table. The TDAA submitted its application for the co-op in early March..."
"...Council also passed a resolution directing city staff to recommend a new, fourth franchise: a cooperative, to be owned and operated entirely by drivers. The size of that cooperative will be determined soon by Council. The Co-op Option..."
"...Co-op Deserves Support..."
"...Sure, we could review DVDs, but I don't even have a DVD player. The answer came with these two videos, one from the Alamo Drafthouse and one from the Cinemaker Co-op..."
"...Sometimes, if you catch him in the right mood, he will acknowledge that he resembles Uncle Fester. He worked at the University Co-op for about one year and after he quit, he would occasionally stop by the store carrying a big black bag; store employees were told to follow him around and keep an eye on him..."