Durham Co-op Market began through the efforts of folks in several neighborhoods near downtown Durham, NC who saw a need and were excited about the possibility of creating a grocery/market that focused on locally-produced food. Durham Co-op Market opened in March, 2015 at 1111 W. Chapel Hill St. The co-op is community owned, and community focused. Our goal is to return as much revenue as possible to our community by supporting local farms, selling locally made products, and supporting local jobs.
The Mission of Durham Co-op Market is:
- To serve the Durham community.
- To sell high quality food and other products with special emphasis on locally grown and produced goods.
- To practice sustainability in our business by using resources wisely, and by promoting goods produced in a sustainable manner.
- To foster a workplace based on respect, dignity, and fair compensation.
Our staff is made up of 60 part-time and full-time employees. We are so proud that our team reflects our Durham community; over half of our staff live within a mile of the store. We prioritize staff development, cross training between departments, and promoting from within in order to create an upwardly mobile and educated staff across all departments.
We also strongly value customer service, and train all of our staff to be as polite, friendly and helpful as possible. Please ask anyone with a name tag for help or what their favorite product is!
Leila returned to Durham from Burlington where she was the Operations Manager at Company Shops Market, another food co-op. Leila helped guide the store through the start-up phase and developed a produce purchasing system that increased the volume of locally grown food sold at the store. She brings that knowledge with her to Durham Co-op Market as well as a commitment to make our store and its products accessible to all members of our community. Leila’s entire professional career has been devoted to promoting sustainable agriculture, local investment and neighborhood economic development through fair business practices. Before her job at Company Shops, Leila managed the Eno River Farmers Market. She has also worked as a production manager at Locopops in Durham and Simple Kneads Bakery in Greensboro.
Cris is our Finance and HR Manager. A Durhamite for 20+ years, Cris graduated from both Duke (Lit/Film&Video) and Durham Tech (accounting), and local foodies may remember Cris from a tenure as Fowler’s Cheese Buyer Extraordinaire in the late 90’s. Cris also serves as finance manager for Student Action With Farmworkers, a nonprofit that brings students and farmworkers together to advocate for better work conditions. When not producing financial statements, Cris passes the time making quirky online videos, playing the mandolin, participating in wonky policy discussions, and serving as ad hoc parish chef for First Presbyterian Church-Durham.
Davis, our Operations Manager, was the Grocery Manager at the Fresh Market in Chapel Hill, NC prior to working at DCM. Davis moved to Durham in 2012 after graduating from UNC Greensboro. He thinks co-ops have a great opportunity to make high quality foods more accessible to more people, and is so relieved to be at the co-op instead of a corporate grocery store.
Germane is originally from New Jersey and has been in Durham for nearly a decade. She has had a ten year career working in the nonprofit sector as a marketing and fundraising professional. You might not guess that Germane considers herself to be a Top Chef level cook, DJs on the weekends and knits in her spare time. Germane is looking forward to championing the Durham Co-op Market’s passion for quality, local and sustainable foods while building lasting relationships with our neighbors, community and owners. Germane has a knack for relationship building and is using that outgoing nature to partner with local faith communities, community centers and area nonprofits to improve the effectiveness of the West End Neighborhood. Germane hopes to increase the number of neighbors who take advantage of the ownership opportunities. Next time you are in the store, introduce yourself to Germane and make an instant new friend!
Deli and Kitchen Manager
Matt comes to the co-op with extensive food service experience, including over 15 years as a kitchen manager, and has a passion for fresh and nutritious ingredients, cleanliness and organization. Matt is looking forward to increasing our consistency, freshness, and customer service. As the kitchen and deli manager his goals are to increase and diversify the products offered on the salad bar, utilizing all of the fabulous local produce that we receive daily. Matt’s creativity and love for cooking has made a tremendous impact on lunch options on and off of the hot bar. Our grab and go section is always fully stocked and fresh and the $5 weekday lunch special is a major hit! Unless you knew Matt in his previous life, you might not guess that he was once a very talented tattoo artist and you can consider him a walking advertisement with over 22 tattoos! Matt is also a rockin’ drummer and misses his days drumming in a band, back in the day. Be sure to swing by the deli and let Matt serve you up something fresh and delicious!
Originally from Virginia, Jean moved to Durham some time ago and began working at DCM shortly after the store opened. She has a wide variety of work experience, including managing the wellness department at Whole Foods and trying multiple jobs here at the Co-op. Jean has had a positive impact at the store and recently took responsibility as Grocery Manager. When she’s not running the department, Jean spends her time pursuing her interests in Mycology and dogs.
Front End Manager
Our front end manager, Diamond Riley, has been with DCM since it’s inception in March 2015. She has over ten years of customer service experience as it relates to retail, food industry and healthcare. Diamond loves to entertain. You can find her dancing and singing most evenings at the Point of Purchase, albeit not like Beyoncé but with her confidence. Her other talents include writing poetry and being a full time mother to the cutest baby ever, Diamanté. If you have ANY questions about products, promotions, or would like to see a pretty smiling face ask for Diamond!
Nick, a lifelong Durhamite, is our Wine and Beer Coordinator. Previously he co-founded the downtown music venue Pinhook, and worked for three intensive years at Wine Authorities. He believes that wine and beer are as much an agricultural product as an art form, and that the adult beverages we enjoy should come from thoughtful, responsible producers. Don’t hesitate to ask Nick for a recommendation, and be sure to pay attention to his oft-esoteric descriptions.
Board of Directors
Amelia Freeman-Lynde (firstname.lastname@example.org) has called Durham home since 2011, following 10 years in New York City as a student and theater artist. From family meals in her Georgia hometown to becoming involved in Durham’s vibrant local food scene, her love of food has provided a connection to her community and a deep appreciation for sustainable food systems. As the Market grows, she would like to see a continued effort to merge locally-sourced and wholesome foods with affordable and accessible groceries for the entire community, but especially neighborhood residents. She is committed to helping the Market continue efforts to reduce its environmental impact through bulk and refillable products, minimal waste packaging, and local produce and goods. In addition to her involvement with the DCM board, Amelia works at the Scrap Exchange and the Carolina Theatre, and is a dedicated crafter and chicken-keeper.
Tyler Jenkins (email@example.com) works full-time at Carolina Common Enterprise. His responsibilities include managing operations for technical assistance to a statewide network of budding cooperative enterprises, providing strategic relationship and network building to support cooperative development, and providing direct assistance through business coaching and facilitation. Tyler grew up and attended college in Mississippi, before earning a graduate degree from Emory University in public health, with a focus on theory of social change and global health education. He moved to North Carolina in 2012, where he took up an apprenticeship with a pasture-raised livestock and organic produce farm in Efland, NC. Tyler has experience in day-to-day livestock management and vegetable production, as well as planning for farm work operations. His previous work includes coordinating the investment of federal public grant dollars in a 10-county region for the NC State Department of Health and Human Services, managing staff operations at a youth outdoor education camp, and conducting public health and agriculture research and focus groups for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.
Alisa Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an associate professor of African American literature at Meredith College and holder of the Mary Lynch Johnson Chair in English. She received her BA from Guilford College and her MA and Ph.D from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a passion for dance, music, theatre, and film, and is the organizer of the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival. Alisa moved to Durham to work for the Independent (now the Indy Week ) and is the current chair of the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project. For this longtime resident of the Burch Avenue neighborhood, which advocated for the revitalization of West Chapel Hill Street for over 20 years, the Durham Coop Market really is a dream come true.
Drew Peng (email@example.com) grew up in Chapel Hill and has spent the past 12 years working in management consulting, consumer packaged goods, and private equity. He is a frequent shopper at Weaver Street Market, and strongly believes that the co-op model has a place in Durham’s burgeoning food scene. Drew joined the DCM Finance & Development committee in 2010 and looks forward to contributing his experiences in finance, investing, and retail to help launch DCM. He enjoys working with startup organizations and aspires to own his own business one day (in addition to being a co-owner in DCM). Drew received his B.S. in engineering from Northwestern University and is a proud graduate of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro public school system. Drew is our current Board President
Lenore Ramm (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born in Durham and lived here for 14 years before moving to Hillsborough, studied computer science at Duke, and has worked in Durham since 2000. Lenore is an IT analyst and artist, who volunteers with Splat Space, the Durham FM Association, and the Triangle Linux User’s group. She tries to understand the points of view of others, frequently plays devil’s advocate, and realizes that people’s viewpoints and temperaments are often colored by external unknown circumstances. She is a frequent attendee at Co-op events and meetings, and a lover of cheese.
Frank Stasio (email@example.com) is the host of The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio; previously he was the host and anchor for NPR Washington. He’s involved with the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and the Durham Friends Prison Re-entry ministry. Frank works with four producers for his radio talk show, where all programming ideas are approved by consensus. “I have found that the surest way to achieve excellence is by listening to the wisdom of others and taking the time to build consensus.”
Nick Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) Nick, a lifelong Durhamite, is our Wine and Beer Coordinator. Previously he co-founded the downtown music venue Pinhook, and worked for three intensive years at Wine Authorities. He believes that wine and beer are as much an agricultural product as an art form, and that the adult beverages we enjoy should come from thoughtful, responsible producers. Don’t hesitate to ask Nick for a recommendation, and be sure to pay attention to his oft-esoteric descriptions.
Diamond Reilly (email@example.com) Our front end manager, Diamond Riley, has been with DCM since it’s inception in March 2015. She has over ten years of customer service experience as it relates to retail, food industry and healthcare. Diamond loves to entertain. You can find her dancing and singing most evenings at the Point of Purchase, albeit not like Beyoncé but with her confidence. Her other talents include writing poetry and being a full time mother to the cutest baby ever, Diamanté. If you have ANY questions about products, promotions, or would like to see a pretty smiling face ask for Diamond!
The Seven Co-operative Principles
The seven cooperative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values of of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity into practice.
Here is our Fiscal 2017 Annual Report. What a great year!
Here is our 2014-2015 Annual Report, documenting the opening of the Durham Co-op Market and more. Published Nov. 8, 2015.
Articles of Incorporation
Articles of Incorporation for the purpose of forming a cooperative, filed on 6/3/08.
This iteration of the DCM By-laws, the rules by which the co-op is run, was adopted by the DCM Board effective 9/1/09, and last revised September 2017.
Here is our Durham Co-op Market Policy Register, last revised on May 10, 2014.