I’ve begun to think about why It’s not always my first choice to frequent places right here in my immediate vicinity. If I look at the places where I’m a “regular” or “the duchess” via check-ins on yelp, rarely is it all of the amazing places I can walk to in a few minutes from my own front door.
With the cost of gas and not to mention the frustration of driving, my list of go-to places is going to change rapidly. I usually try to ride my bike wherever possible but with my streak of … maintenance issues (see past post misadventures in fitness as an example and add to that several more flat tires and a broken chain), walking is ever more appealing.
So my friends, this post marks the start of a new series I’ll post weekly on all the great food, fun stores and fun adventures in my hood!
I rather guiltily admit… before this past Saturday’s event I had only step foot in Kokua Market one other time – and that time was WAY before I moved into a building that I could literally throw a rock from my window and hit the roof of the market (I’d only miss because I have a severe lack of aim).
Now i’m proud to say I own this biatch!! Okay, well i’m a co-owner… as long as I keep up with my monthly payment… Let me explain: Kokua Market is a co-op – no, scratch that – THE ONLY natural foods cooperative in Hawai’i.
I learned about the food co-op concept at their 40th anniversary celebration at the store thanks to Joannie @trulyjoannies, a former board member and co-owner she explains the process (and gives tummy rubs!) in this video shot by Melissa @melissa808 (yes, a new owner as well!)
Benefits of ownership include
- owner discounts on products and during special events
- there is also an opportunity to volunteer and by doing so receive an additional discount on all of the natural and healthy veggies, products, and delicious deli items they sell
- having a say in what is available in the store (or the power of suggestion – you know who likes this!)
You are welcome to shop in my store anytime (between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm that is)!
With committing to ownership and volunteering I also feel like it’s a step toward eating more healthy and actually COOKING at home! Jenn and I have started by committing to weekly home-cooked meals!
I feel so lucky to live in such a great area! Come be our neighbor, we can explore together! 😀