Changes to the Main Market Co-op

Changes to the Main Market Co-op
Changes to the Main Market Co-op

Business has been looking fantastic for the Main Market Co-op. According to General Manager, Jeanette Hamilton, February was the best month ever for sales and March was looking to beat that. With that success comes positive changes and developments.

Recently, the Co-op changed their hours to be open earlier to allow for customers to grab a cup of coffee and a selection of baked goods on their way to work. They’ve also opened their very own bakery department to add more selection to their already diverse baked goods. 

The biggest change involves an amendment to their liquor license. Like many alternative markets in Spokane, you can now purchase beer and wine and enjoy it in the comforts of their deli. 

“It took almost a year to amend it, explained Hamilton. “It was a little challenging with all the paperwork. It’s easier to do it from the get-go.” 

The paperwork involved providing exact layouts of their seating area as well as information on their board of directors. To amend it, they had to apply to Liquor Control Board in Olympia and then deal with local representatives of the LCB. 

It’s been legal for three weeks. The first individual to test the waters, beer in hand, was Jim Sheehan, founder of Center for Justice and the number one philanthropist in the Inland Northwest as decided by the voters of the Inland Northwest’s 18th Annual Readers Poll

The first beer was cracked opened on St. Patrick’s Day. In a phone call with Sheehan, he said he had an Irish Death, brewed by Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, Washington.

Sheehan described the moment as a late afternoon sit down with friends: “The environment was great.”

To keep up with the Main Market Co-op’s changes, check out their Facebook page for a list of recent updates.