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February 2019
Our Co-op on the Coast

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

A Message from the Manager

I want to start off by thanking all the generous members that have made payments on their house charge accounts to help us get through the slow season, invest in a beautiful new sign for the market (made by local artist Erin Kirchner), and replace our aging espresso machine. It warms my heart to see the level of community support that we’ve received from all of you, in all sorts of ways, big and small. It’s that kind of community investment that really sets us apart from our large corporate competitors and, at least for me, has served as a reminder of the principles I try to live my life by. I’ll close by simply saying thank you. Thanks to all of our members and loyal customers that have kept us going for nearly ten years now! 

General Manager

Early Results from Co-op Pay-It-Forward

Thank-yous go out to several generous co-op members who have made payments to their house charge accounts. This initial influx of cash has enabled us to work through the first month of our winter doldrums. 

We have the money now for the replacement espresso machine and commercial toaster. We still have urgent needs to upgrade our technology and increase our inventory. So, we welcome additional payments now to your house charge accounts.

Remember, co-op members own the co-op. Our staff and board of directors are dedicated to providing the best service to the community. Thanks for your support.

Rick Beach, President
Coastal Organics Cooperative, Inc.

New Products

Kashi Super Food Cereal. Organic, fair-trade, non-GMO. Made with whole grains and chickpea flour. By Kids but not just for kids ;) $6.79          

Dahlicious Almond Milk Yogurt. Organic, creamy & delicious AND low-sugar $2.39


Organic Yerba Mate Hibiscus Tea with stevia for a touch of sweetness $4.99

One Degree Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour $7.99


Koyo Rice Crackers. Organic and Gluten-Free $3.69


Sale Items

Brown Cow Vanilla Yogurt $4.49


Braggs Extra Olive Oil 16oz $13.49


Bitchin' Pesto Almond Sauce $5.97 ($1.00 off)


Farmhouse Probiotic Kraut Krisps $3.99 (one dollar off)


Help Us
Spread the Word

by Molly Morgan, Board Member

We’re proud of our co-op! It’s comprised of great members who shop and volunteer here, our suppliers, and our dedicated staff — who work hard to keep the store running smoothly and provide great snacks and meals. We love being a hub in town where people can gather, eat, drink, and shop.
So the board has committed to a marketing campaign in the ICO to get the word out and invite more people into the market and café. Starting last week we’re listed in the Dining Out section, and now you can also look for our weekly ad. We’ll feature various aspects of the co-op as well as events and specials over the coming months.
Board members collaborated to get the ball rolling, identifying the essential aspects of the co-op that we felt were important to communicate. We’d love to know what you think the co-op represents to the community so that we can include these messages in future ads. Please email us at or leave a message in the suggestion box in the front of the store.

Art at Your Co-op

The walls of the Co-op have hosted several great shows in recent months. Currently showing are two local photographers, Jennifer McFadden and Emily Coria. This show will remain up through March. We’ll announce the date of a reception soon.

Photo by Featured Co-op Artist Emily Coria

Photo by Featured Co-op Artist Jennifer McFadden

Wines by the Glass

Did you know you can enjoy a glass of organic wine or beer in the café? It’s a great way to unwind with friends or enhance your evening meal before you head over to the theater for a movie or live show. Our snacks, soups, salads, and sandwiches are perfect to fill you up while leaving enough room for popcorn.


Volunteer at Your Co-op

Contribute to our newsletter:  Send your stories, recipes, anecdotes to us and become part of this monthly publication.  And don't forget, there are many other things you can do for your Co-op, so please become a volunteer.  To get involved, please email


New members

Welcome to all our new members! If you know someone that’s not a member invite them in. Thanks for being a part of our Co-op!

Upcoming Events

2/1 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

2/19 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
Monthly board meeting 3pm, Tuesday, February 19 at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

2/21 ~ Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz
7:30-11pm, Arena Market & Café
The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series will feature Albion poet Marilyn Motherbear Scott. The reading will begin with live improv jazz and an open mic with jazz improv; the reading will conclude with more live improv jazz. Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by The Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.  The Co-op will offer wine/beer/non-alcoholic beverage by the glass, paninis, desserts and snacks for purchase, so come hungry!

3/1 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

Board of Directors

Rick Beach, Pres.
Molly Morgan
Margaret Grace
Dan Lewis
Rhonda Rumrey
Natalie Cortese, General Manager

185 Main Street
Point Arena

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