Phoenix Coffee – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 37 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance from: Fund for Employee Ownership From the company https://phoenixcoffee.com/ Learn more Impact Alpha – Evergreen fund helps Ohio coffee chain transition to worker ownership (2020) Cleveland Scene – With Financial Assistance from Evergreen, Phoenix Coffee Converts to Employee-Owned Cooperative (2020) Crain’s […]

ChiFresh Kitchen – Chicago, IL

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Chicago, Illinois Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance: Upside Down Consulting From the company https://www.chifreshkitchen.com/ GoFundMe –  ChiFresh Kitchen Co-op — feeding our community Upside Down Consulting – ChiFresh Kitchen Overview Learn more Block Club – Co-Op Owned By Formerly Incarcerated Black Women Wins Grant To Bring More Healthy […]

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 […]

Le Voyeur – 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 voyeurolympia.com The Worker’s Paradise –  Le Voyeur The Next Generation (2019) Works in Progress – Olympia’s co-op businesses create economic justice and opportunity (2019) Le Voyeur – Cooperative Grand Re-opening (2019)   […]

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Star Tribune – Chew on this: Hell’s Kitchen owners sell their restaurant to employees

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From the Star Tribune Hell’s Kitchen, the Minneapolis restaurant known for irreverent marketing, a 35-foot Bloody Mary bar and lemon-ricotta pancakes, will soon stand out for something else: employee ownership. On Wednesday, owners Cynthia Gerdes and Steve Meyer closed the restaurant after lunch for a staff meeting, where they told more than 100 employees they […]

Rabble Rouser – Montpelier, VT

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(Changed named in 2019 from Nutty Steph’s) Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Montpelier, Vermont Number of employees: 13 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Vermont Employee Ownership Center Learn more NBC5  – Rabble Rouser opens in Montpelier (vide0) (2019) Burlington Free Press – Employee Owned Companies Gain Traction (2019) Nuty Steph’s – Under New Ownership (2019) Vermont Biz […]

1149 Cooperative – Philadelphia, PA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Number of employees: 3 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Learn more 1149coop.com Eater – The Restaurant Owners Fighting Systems That Allow Abuse to Persist (2019) NPQ – Restaurant Worker Co-ops Serve Food, Drinks, and Social Justice (2019) Culture Work – Spotlight: 1149 Cooperative (2019) Philadelphia Magazine – Here’s […]

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 […]

Mujeres Emprendedoras Cooperative – Denver, CO

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Location: Denver, Colorado Industry:  Food and Beverage Number of employees: 12 Became employee owned: 2018 From the company https://www.facebook.com/mujeresemprendedorascooperative/ Learn more Denver Post – Colorado co-ops seeing a revival in state with strong ties to “radical tradition” (2019) KGNU – Co-op Power Hour: Building Community Wealth (2018) RE:Vision – Meet Matilde Garcia (2018)   Employee Owned […]

Democracy Brewing – Boston, MA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Boston, Massachusetts Number of employees: 30 Became employee owned: 2018 Financing: Local Enterprise Assistance Fund From the company http://www.democracybrewing.com/ Learn more Politico – How Boston Is Becoming the City Where Workers Rule (2020) Forbes – When Banks Say No, Where Do You Go? Ask Boston’s Democracy Brewing (2019) Harvard Law […]