450 N.E. 71st St.
Seattle, WA 98115
We were excited to try out Puget Consumers’ Co-op (PCC) when we moved to Seattle from our small Oregon town in 1984. We joined up at the old Ravenna store. In those days, it cost $60 to become a member for life, paid in tiny monthly increments we could just afford. Coming from the early days of the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op in Corvallis, we were shocked that PCC did not require us to bag our own groceries and surprised by the luxuries that awaited us there—packaged cheeses, a delicious deli, chocolates. But even with these differences, we felt at home at PCC, members of a smaller community instead of bumpkins lost in the Big City.
Time passed and passed. The Ravenna store became Third Place Books, and our PCC shopping shifted to other stores. View Ridge on the weekends. Greenlake en route to our daughter’s place. Even Edmonds as part of a trip to visit friends. We purchased almost as many pairs of thick wool socks and beeswax candles as pastured eggs and organic carrots in those stores.
Recently, PCC opened its newest store in the vertically-rising Greenlake Village area, which is about 10 minutes from our house, and we were there to sample the free cake (divine) and check out the layout. The store is bright and beautiful with its tomato, avocado, and strawberry gems glittering in their bowls and baskets, its shelves of organic condiments and goodies, and, yes, its lovely array of wool socks and beeswax candles. This new PCC provides excellent access for wheelchair shoppers!
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