Burial Grounds Collective – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more burialgroundscoffee.com Barista Magazine – Burial Grounds’ Journey to Collectivizing (2020) Parallel University – Conversation with Colin Bartlett (Audio) (2019)  The Workers Paradise – Burial Grounds: Rising Up (2019) Go Fund Me – Burial Grounds […]

Full Stop Filling Station – Louisville, KY

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Industry: Food and Beverage, Energy Location: Louisville, Kentucky Number of employees: Became employee owned: 2019 Learn more www.fullstopstation.com Louisville Scoop – Everything you need to know about Full Stop Station (2019) Insider Louisville – Full Stop Filling Station seeks ‘a better way’ with bio-diesel, craft coffee and a democratic co-operative (2019) The Coffee Compass – Full Stop Station […]

Rock City Employee Cooperative – Rockland, ME

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Rock City Employee Cooperative is a 25-worker café and roastery in Rockland, ME, that became a cooperative corporation in 2018. The founder started the business in 1992 and saw in the sale an opportunity to reward workers for their efforts building the business, assurance that the café’s character as a main street community center would […]

Big Water Coffee Roasters – Bayfield, WI

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This business closed in 2018. Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin Number of employees: 10 Became employee owned: 2015 Assistance: University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Learn more Bayfield Country Journal – Big Water Coffee Roasters now an employee owned business Bayfield Chamber of Commerce – Big Water Coffee Roasters becomes a cooperative FOX21 […]

New Moon Cooperative Cafe – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 14 Became employee owned: 2013 Assistance: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Financing: Shared Capital Cooperative Learn more New Moon Cooperative Cafe – History DAWI and UWCC – Successful Cooperative Ownership Transitions – New Moon excerpt (2015) Northwest Military – Olympia’s New Moon Cafe goes Black (2013) Olympia […]

Just Coffee Cooperative – Madison, WI

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Location: Madison, Wisconsin Industry: Coffee, Food and Beverage Number of employees: 25 Became employee owned: 2006 From the company https://justcoffee.coop/ B Corporation – B Impact Report Learn more Badger Herald – Just Coffee Cooperative serves up cups of activism with coffee (2015) Daily Coffee News –  Never Shy on Activism, Madison’s Just Coffee is Finally Talking […]

Red Emmas – Baltimore, MD

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Industry: Food and Beverage, Books Location: Baltimore,  Maryland Number of employees: 35 Became employee owned: 2004 Learn more redemmas.org Red Emmas – About Red Emmas – Bylaws Baltimore Magazine – Radical Growth (2019) Baltimore Sun – Red Emma’s restaurant and bookstore is moving to Mid-Town Belvedere (2018) Next City – Closing the Funding Gap for […]

Matchbox Coffeeshop – Minneapolis, MN

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Number of employees: 7 Became employee owned: 2003 Financing: Shared Capital Cooperative Learn more The Journal – Sheridan’s hidden gems (2016) City Pages Matchbox Coffee Shop could soon be homeless (2011)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Minnesota Employee Owned Small Businesses in Food and Beverage Employee Owned Small Businesses […]

Hard Times Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Number of employees: 20 Became employee owned: 1992 Learn more Daily Planet – Hard Times Re-opens (2007)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Minnesota Employee Owned Small Businesses in Food and Beverage  

Equal Exchange – West Bridgewater, MA

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Location: West Bridgewater, Massachusetts Industry: Coffee, Food and Beverage Number of employees: 125 Became employee owned: 1986 Learn more www.equalexchange.coop Next City – Worker Cooperatives Are Finding Investors Who Share Their Values (2018) Forbes – How A Fair-Trade Company Faced Down An Ethical Dilemma (2018) Kennelly – Worker Cooperatives in the United States Redux (2016) Fireside […]