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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617

574-287-6724

August 12, 2016

Newsletter

August 12, 2016

PPC Admin

WOW!  Have you seen the changes?

a message from your General Manager, Greg

If you haven't stopped by the store lately - its time that you check out the improvements to our layout.  In a nutshell, we are better utilizing our space.  We have more room for tables and chairs in our popular cafe; and by rearranging our grocery shelves, we are improving flow and organization AND actually increasing the selection of products.

PLEASE bear with us as we put the finishing touches on this reset.  
AND - your feedback is very welcome and important to us.

ARTBEAT 2016

Last Year Purple Porch won the Culinary Arts Award!  Once again, we'll be making and selling refreshing slushies and kombucha at the DTSB Art Beat in downtown South Bend on August 20 - 11am-7pm - in the culinary arts village.  

New Local Product

From Saugatuck, Michigan - we hope this will help you beat the heat!

From Saugatuck, Michigan - we hope this will help you beat the heat!

LOCAL FARMERS MARKET - EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ordering is Friday noon through Monday 7pm - Click on the link and Bookmark it in your web browser.  Everyone is welcome to use this online ordering system. Or just show up - meet your local producers on Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm.   

Member-owner Sales

Look for the YELLOW price tags in the store (not to be confused with the unfortunately similar color of yellow-green) that has MBR SALE! on them.  We're passing on the savings to our Member-owners.

In August, look for sales on:

  • San Pellegrino 6-packs of soda
  • Wallaby Organic Yogurt (32oz)
  • Kind granola/breakfast bars (boxes)
  • Mom's Cereals - all varieties

PPC Board of Directors

Happy to let our Member-owners know that our Board of Directors and General Manager are undertaking the development of what is called Policy Governance - a comprehensive model whereby governing boards establish their values and expectations in policy, delegate implementation to the board’s sole employee (in our case, the General Manager), and monitor the outcome of operational activities against the stated policies.  We have hired a consultant with the Cooperative Development Services to help us with this process - developing and implementing and practicing.  Most successful Co-ops have embraced policy governance and we are looking forward to taking this next big step on our path to growth.

NEXT MEETING
Our Board of Directors meets once every month - Third Thursday 7:30pm - 9:30pm.  The first 10-15 minutes are always reserved for Member-owners to participate. As a Member-owner - you are welcome.  Do you have questions for the Board?  Ideas on how to make the Co-op better?  This is your time.  Next meeting is Thursday, August 18.

NOTE: Thanks to Board Director Fred Myers, we are now meeting in the lower level of EmNet - just down the street from the Co-op in the Emporium building.  Go in the front door and down the stairs on the left.  There is another way to get in - with only a few exterior stairs - in the back.