Welcome! Durham Co-op Market is a new cooperative grocery store opening on West Chapel Hill Street near downtown (Read more about our location).  Durham Co-op Market is community owned, similar to other local co-ops including Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Deep Roots Market in Greensboro.  If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! The store will be opening in early 2015. 

The co-op will be open to all shoppers, and offer natural, organic, and local food and other products. It will reinvest profits back into the community, practice sustainability, and foster a positive, respectful workplace. We are built by Durham and dedicated to serving Durham. Contact us at info@durham.coop or find us on Facebook. 

We look forward to seeing you at the market!

Give a Gift Share for the Holidays!

During the winter holiday season, many of us may be thinking about how to negotiate gift-giving traditions in ways that are consistent with our values. If you're looking for a meaningful gift this year, please consider giving a share in Durham Central Market. By doing so, you're giving a loved one (or your own household, if you're not yet a DCM owner) a stake in the shared future of our community. The tote bag or water bottle premium for purchase of an owner share can serve as a tangible token of this significant investment, and the recipient will continue to enjoy the benefits of co-op membership once the store opens. This year, include someone you love in the joy of making our cooperative dreams a reality!. See our gift share request form. Fill out the form and send it to us with $100 per owner share purchase. We take care of the rest. And Thanks!!

3rd Friday - 11/19/10 - Paintings by Nick Brown

Durham Central Market presents LOCAL ART by Nick Brown!

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market, at 538 Foster Street from 6-9 this coming Friday, eat snacks, enjoy drinks, and view a fantastic paint series by local artist – Nick Brown! This will be our last showing with third friday until March 2011... so don't miss it!

BIOGRAPHY
Nicholas Brown is a self-taught abstract painter living in Durham, NC. He started painting during his senior year of college using cheap paints and cardboard. Two years later Nick had his first show at small venue during Raleigh's First Friday. He hopes this show at Durham's Third Friday will be the first of many more shows in the Bull City.

STATEMENT
I have always found meaning in the act of painting. My goal is that people also experience something in the act of viewing my work. Whether that experience is contentment, happiness, irritation, or plain emotion, I hope it impacts the viewer.

We made 800!!!

Our 800th owner signed up today!! This is awesome news! {Insert here virtual balloons dropping & confetti} Is there someone you know who's been meaning to become an owner? If so, please encourage them to join now! Help us make it to 1000 by the end of 2010!!

Meet New Board Member - Kirsten Ingebretsen

Kirsten Ingebretsen is our newest board member, elected at the annual meeting last week. Kirsten grew up in Jackson, Mississippi where, as a child, she shopped at the Rainbow Co-op. She moved cross country to live in San Francisco (1990-1994) just as the city's downtown farmers' market was evolving from a few stalls to a thriving enterprise. In 1994 Kirsten and her husband located to Durham where she went to work at Magnolia Grill (1996-1999). Here she became a self-proclaimed "foodie." She also became interested in homeschooling with the birth of her four children. Kirsten helped found the Hillsborough Montessori Farm School by working on the board of directors. She also developed the Durham Homeschool Community (DHC) which is a support network of homeschooling families. Kirsten brings fresh energy to the board by way of her interest in local food and knowledge of local restaurants and owners. Welcome Kirsten!

Board Elections & Annual Owner Meeting

It's time for our annual meeting, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 3-5pm. Plan to meet at the Durham Central Market store site, 607 N. Mangum Street. For a fun, seasonal activity, bring a local pumpkin and your carving kit. From 3 to 4pm we'll do pumpkin carving and put your creations on display. From 4 to 5pm we'll hold the annual meeting which will include a virtual store tour, an update on our progress, and board elections.

Our election candidates for two available seats include Stephen Hren, an incumbent board member, and Kirsten Ingbretsen, Durham resident for 14 years. You can read their candidate statements here. Voting will be at the annual meeting. Each owner is allowed one vote and must be a member before midnight, October 17, 2010. Shoppers are not eligible to vote. If you will not be able to attend the meeting, you may cast an absentee ballot by sending in your vote, received by October 23, 2010. Absentee ballots and instructions are available by request at info@durhamcentralmarket.org

Thank you to everyone who has been working hard to spread the word about Durham Central Market. To date we have 748 owners with the goal of 1,000. We need to meet that goal swiftly in order to take the next critical steps. Help us by telling your friends to join Durham Central Market and bring them to the meeting. Joining is easy, either here on the website or by filling out a brochure available 24 hours a day by our office door, 538 Foster Street, across from the Farmers' Market pavilion.

We are excited about our progress and look forward to sharing this with you. See you Sunday, October 24, at the Durham Central Market site!

Thanks for coming out to the "Open House/Site" event

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Thanks to everyone for coming out on Saturday afternoon to help us christen the site with lemonade and cookies. Big thanks to Maureen Kurtz, Elena Feinstein, and Heather Tunnell for providing the delicious home-made cookies. If you weren't able to make it, don't worry - you'll soon have another chance to check out the site at our upcoming Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 24th - stay tuned for more details.