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August Manager's Message

August 3, 2017

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but we’ve been working hard in-store to prepare everyone for “Back-to-School Fun”! Are you ready? New products, new hot bar options, and slowly creating a new, improved in-store experience through customer service, member perks, and resetting our shelves with your product requests!

We took advantage of these slower summer months to brainstorm how we (staff & board members) could enhance the overal…

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Togther for the Future

August 1, 2017

Announcing the "Together for the Future" capital campaign for the Co-op! We need YOUR help to keep the Co-op successful!

 

GREAT NEWS! Week Two Challenge met!! That's right, Co-op owners and friends came through and raised $12,500 last week, earning our angel donor match of  $25,000!
Don't miss a chance to keep the momentum going! Our angel has issued the same challenge for every single week of the campaign, which concludes Aug 15. Help …

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July Manager's Message

June 29, 2017

Summer solstice has come and gone, and the longest day of the year is behind us already. Independence Day celebrations, fireworks, and cook outs are now on the very near horizon and nothing says summer-time like fresh corn, watermelons and peaches, all of which are found right here at your local food co-op.  So far, for June we have seen a total of 6% growth over last year’s sales. This means that more people are shopping at the co-op; more peopl…

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New Product Alert: Epic Bone Broth

June 28, 2017

Bone broth is all the rage these days- it's a great source of protein, collagen, and minerals. Epic makes their bone broth with a slow simmering process, which allows it to extract the maximum benefits from the bone. They raise their own bison, beef, venison, wild boar, and lamb on open pasture using biodynamic ranching practices. 

Check out these 15 Delicious Uses for Bone Broth from Eat Drink Paleo

One of our favorites is this cauliflowe…

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Meet Team Member: Joey Geier

June 19, 2017

Joey has been a part of the Co-op since before we even opened the doors!

He is our customer service manager and manages the wellness and coffee departments as well! Originally from Tampa Florida, he has lived in the Upstate for 14 years and attended USC Upstate for Non-Profit Administration and worked for Little River Roasting for many years.

His favorite part about working at the Co-op is interacting with customers and his favorite produ…

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DIY Beard Oil for Father's Day

June 12, 2017

 

Make dad a handmade gift this Father’s Day that he will love using!  Is your dad clean-shaven?  No worries; this recipe can also be used to create a DIY cologne!  Jojoba is relaxing and is easily absorbed into the skin. Almond oil will soften dad’s prickliest hairs. The blend of tea tree, cedar wood, and orange is both soothing and invigorating. 

Follow the two easy steps below to make this DIY gift. 

 

 

 

 

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Manager's Message: June

June 5, 2017

"If half of our owners spent $5 per day, every day, we would be making some serious progress."

With the summer approaching quickly, it is now June, and we are almost to the half way point of the year. The weather is changing to the perfect temperatures for a day on the boat at the lake, or a weekend trip to the ocean. We’ve had an excellent start to the first half of the year at Hub City Co-op, and on behalf of the staff I’d like to thank yo…

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New Product Alert: Salazon Chocolate Bars

June 4, 2017

Salazon chocolate bars are made with 100% organic certified, fair trade cacao sourced exclusively from the Dominican Republic and natural, solar evaporated sea salt. They are all vegan and soy free too!

The bars from their Trail Series (which are the ones we carry!) support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. 

​From their website: "We began to explore a new te…

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Meet Team Member: Lucy Hatfield

May 30, 2017
Lucy is the person you want to talk to if you're interested in bulk herbs and spices. She'll be celebrating one year as a Co-op employee at the end of May! Originally from Florida, she moved to Greenville at 15 but now lives in Spartanburg. Before working at the Co-op she was self-employed making jewelry. She loves working at the Co-op because of the wonderful, caring people that she gets to interact with on a daily basis.
 
Her favorite …

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DIY Bug Repellent

May 16, 2017

Tis the season for spending time outdoors! When gathering with friends and family this Spring and Summer remember to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects. Hub City Co-op has all the ingredients you need to prepare your own all natural bug repellent.

DIY Bug Repellent Recipe

Ingredients:

4oz Spray Bottle

2oz Witch Hazel

2oz Filtered Water

20-30 total drops of essential oils (you can use a blend of any of the sug…

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Manager's Message: One Year Mark

May 2, 2017

 Hub City Co-op has passed the one year mark and has come a long way since opening. The co-op has infused our local economy with tens of thousands of dollars with the help of your patronage. We have helped support farms big and small, helped new businesses get off the ground, and inspired others to dream big about the future. In the last year we have seen our ownership grow almost 20% and people have come to incorporate the Co-op as a daily routi…

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HUB CITY CO-OP STORE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

April 26, 2017

Celebrating our One-Year Milestone With Owners, Shoppers and Suppliers

Saturday, April 22nd was a great day of Celebration at Hub City Co-op! Scores of owners, shoppers and fans came out to the Co-op in honor of the store’s one-year milestone.

Local co-op suppliers including Little River Roasting, RJ Rockers, JB’s Proof, Blue Moon Specialty Foods and Ed’s All Purpose Seasoning were present sampling and educating consumers about the…

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Meet Team Member Wes Howard

April 11, 2017

 

Ever wonder who is behind the delicious meals served up daily on the Co-op's hot bar? Wes Howard is the Hub City Co-op Food Service Manager and prepares a variety of tasty and nutritious dishes at meal time for the Co-op. 

 

Wes has done a number of things in his career including teaching golf and working on cargo planes in the air force.  

 

Wes has always been drawn to the food and beverage business and has been wor…

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Sweet Potato & Greens Casserole

April 10, 2017

This savory casserole makes a hearty accompaniment to roasted poultry or ham or atop baked polenta. Perfect for your Easter celebration.

 

FULL RECIPE

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What Does it Mean to Invest in Hub City Co-op?

April 5, 2017

 

 

Recently, the Hub City Co-op board of directors announced an Investment Campaign to raise $100,000 by April 30. So far, Co-op owners have committed over $32,000.  With your help, the Co-op can reach it's goal and quickly be positioned for success. There are two ways to invest in Hub City Co-o…

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The Co-op's First Anniversary

April 5, 2017

In the month of April, Hub City Co-op will celebrate its one year anniversary.  On the 15th of this month the store staff can look back on a year full of growth and learning. 

 

Opening the first cooperative grocery store in the state of South Carolina has meant many opportunities as well as facing many challenges. The store's product mix has taken shape to better serve the community, we have full-filled many special requests and th…

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Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes

April 2, 2017

Charring tomatoes in a hot, dry skillet makes them smoky and flavorful; in combination with fresh herbs and spices, they elevate this dish from “everyday” to “ta-da!” Serve the tacos with reduced-fat sour cream.

 

Full Recipe Here

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Living Low-Waste in Spartanburg

March 29, 2017

Morgan started her low-waste journey about two years ago, when she realized that the abundance of disposable convenience products were becoming a big problem in South Carolina. She made a conscious effort to minimize her possessions and restructure her home, pantry and closet to reflect more of the intentional lifestyle she craved. In June 2016, she started a “Zero-Waste” project, where she kept all of her non-biodegradable landf…

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Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

March 25, 2017

This scrumptious bread pudding recipe is easy to make and even easier to fall in love with. Florida Crystals Sugar and Ghirardelli chocolate chips are on sale this week!

Full Recipe Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People-to-People Commerce, Coffee, Cooperatives, and You

March 23, 2017

If you’re curious about what people-to-people commerce looks like, this picture is worth a thousand words. It’s from a trip I made back in February, as interpreter-friend of Little River Roasting Company, a local coffee roaster. (My day job is as a Spanish professor.) The photo is from the day of our departure from our visit to the growers in Cocochó, and it celebrates the first direct sale of high altitude, shade grown, organic, and fair tr…

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