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Celebrating Wheatsville Co-Op's Donations to the Community
Co-op grocery hosts annual Giving Ceremony Tuesday
DAILY Food  January 28, 2019, by Jessi Devenyns
"...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...."

Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...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...."

How the Co-op Works
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...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...."

Is Something Rotten at Wheatsville Co-op?
Workers call for co-op to implement living wage standard
News Story  May 21, 2015, by Amy Kamp
"...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...."

Co-op in Smoke
The fire that destroyed the Arrakis Co-op left more than embers in its wake.
Features Story  January 12, 2001, by Stuart Prestidge
"...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...."

Cab Co-op Starts Its Engines
Union-backed franchise launches with 30 drivers
News Story  October 6, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Electric Co-op's Board Under Fire
Hundreds of Pedernales Electric Cooperative's customers showed up at board's annual meeting to criticize election procedures and financial practices
News Story  June 22, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...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...."

Forthcoming 2010 Pedernales Electric Co-op Elections
Postmarks  April 27, 2010
"...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..."

Cinemaker Co-Op & Conduitfest
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....
Film Review  March 9, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Championship Museum at the University Co-Op Now Open
DAILY Sports  January 21, 2008, by Mark Fagan
"...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..."

Cinemaker Co-Op & SXSW Trailer Festival
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...
Film Review  July 1, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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"

Cinemaker Co-op M.A.F.I.A
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...
Film Review  March 13, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

University Co-op Presents the 2005 David Mark Cohen New Works Festival
Arts Story  April 8, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Thanks to sponsorship of the University Co-op, all performances and events are free. For more information, visit"

Cinemaker Co-Op & Rude Mechanicals
Off Center Screenings is a film and video series focusing on pivotal works of performance art and projects that examine the body in performance and the media. For more info...
Film Review  October 25, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten

From Occupation to Co-operation
Co-op Think Tank organizes to expand member-owned movement
News Story  January 25, 2013, by Robyn Ross
"...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..."

ACBA Summit: Austin Co-ops on the Move
Annual confab hopes to support democratic businesses
News Story  April 4, 2014, by Robyn Ross
"..."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..."

Point Austin: Let 'Em Eat Op-Eds!
From Managua to Guang Zhou, it ain't easy being Wal-Mart
News Column  October 27, 2006, by Michael King

Reviving Austin's Cab Industry
ATX Co-op Taxi splits the difference between traditional taxis and ridesharing
News Story  April 27, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Super-8's Super Fans
The Cinemaker Co-op preserves the art of the littlest of motion picture formats -- Super-8 -- and trains tomorrow's filmmakers along the way.
Screens Story  September 3, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

From Beer to Infinity
Austin gets ready to host the nation's first-ever cooperatively run brewpub
Food Story  January 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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’s New South Location Opening Today
Austin hippies strike another blow against soulless capitalism
DAILY Food  September 20, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...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..."

Mr. Rose Goes to Washington
Dripping Springs state rep to give Congressional testimony on Pedernales Electric Cooperative
DAILY News  June 25, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Point Austin: A Green and Democratic Place
Local activists kick off co-op project with a visit from Omar Freilla
News Column  October 2, 2009, by Michael King
"...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..."

Party at the Moontower
Moontower Co-op hosts annual farm social at Tecolote Farm
DAILY Food  May 2, 2014, by Anna Toon
"...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...."

Red White & Blue
Filmed in Austin, this horror film is a love story and hyperviolent revenge freakout that is well-performed and well-made.
Film Review  October 1, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Expanding the Realm
Black Star Co-op moves its beers into bars
DAILY Food  May 29, 2014, by Anna Toon
"...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...."

Propositions for a Taxicab Petition
Yellow Cab contests proposed co-op by exposing "silent majority"
DAILY News  May 13, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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...."

Eden Foods Ban Heads to Wheatsville Vote
Boycott would be first approved in a decade
DAILY Food  August 19, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...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...."

New Campus-Area Food Court Celebrates Grand Opening
Tasty trailer lineup, live music, giveaways, and food specials
DAILY Food  September 26, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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 Recap, Back to School, & Best of Austin.... Oh My!
...and we thought we were busy last week.
DAILY Chron Events  September 1, 2009, by Logan Youree
"...-Hot Sauce Fest -Back to School at UT Co-Op -Best of Austin '09 -ACL Wristband Giveaway!..."

Film Feast
Cinemaker co-op's "potluck cinema'
Screens Story  November 30, 2001, by Chale Nafus
"...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..."

ASL Preseason Heats Up
The Alternative Softball League: Still cheap as free
DAILY Sports  March 14, 2009, by Mike Crissey
"...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..."

Wheatsville Drops Eden Foods
Co-op members vote two-to-one
DAILY Food  November 14, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...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...."

Wheatsville Introduces "Anytime Eggs"
One-off mega pack apes Austin Beerworks
DAILY Food  September 23, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...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..."

Naked City
The University Co-Op becomes a textbook monopoly.
News Story  June 15, 2001, by Jennie Kennedy
"...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..."

The Art of the Brew Will Quench Your Aesthetic Thirst
Co-Lab Projects' second annual celebration of beer and visual art
Food Story  September 4, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Don't Expect a Photo-op
Books Column  July 4, 1997
"...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..."

Austin Video Game Developer Certain Affinity Announces Original Title, Last Expedition
Independent game studio also plans expansion to offices in Toronto
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2019, by James Renovitch
"...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...."

Future Pasta
Local company makes it easier to eat your veggies
DAILY Food  July 21, 2015, by Serena Yeh
"...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...."

Keep On Shoppin'
Wheatsville Calls on Old Friends to Stay Afloat
News Story  November 8, 1996, by Amy Smith
"...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..."

Illbient for Spooky
Columns  November 15, 1996
"...Co-op not Corp-op Dear Editor:..."

How to Raise Worker Wages
Organize, arrive, persist, persist, persist
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Jack Craver
"...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..."

Austin Filmmaking, Ten Years After
Film director Richard Linklater interviews Bob Ray, the director of the new Austin-made movie Rock Opera, about the Austin Film scene over the past 10 years.
Screens Story  September 3, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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]..."

Razing the Roof
Square Peg, Round Hole
News Story  October 9, 1998, by Andrea Dennison
"...Century House is one of 12 women's co-ops in danger of losing its lease with the university. photograph by Jana Birchum..."

The Kids Stay in the Pictures
When the Cinemaker Co-op and the Center for Young Cinema combined to make the Motion Media Arts Center, at least one thing stayed the same: the importance of kids
Screens Story  June 25, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Cab Drivers Look Toward the Future
News Story  May 12, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Crash Course
Cabs try to survive in the era of Uber
News Story  August 6, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  May 3, 2002
"...Co-op Deserves Support..."

Nosferatu, The Golden Arm Film Project
The first release in the Alamo Drafthouse's silent-film-with-live-musical-accompaniment series is a video every self-respecting Austin hipster should own.Produced by the Co-op's Barna Kantor and the Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds, this is a complete reverse of the Alamo Drafthouse's series -- these are silent films inspired by music.
Screens Review  December 15, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...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..."

Bizarre Talents
The strange road to success of former Austin bookseller Lynn Bender.
Books Story  March 10, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...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..."

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