Company Shops Purchases Used
Equipment from Former Restaurant:
Company Shops Market acquires gently used
kitchen equipment and cafe furnishings from the former Red Oak Brew
We were recently contacted by Bill Sherrill, with an offer to
purchase some kitchen/cafe and other usable equipment and
interesting items from the old Red Oak Brew Pub for a great deal. By
purchasing gently used equipment, we are both saving money and being
good environmental stewards (Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.) by giving the
restaurant equipment a new life. We hired
Sustainable Alamance workers to disassemble and pack the
equipment and furnishings which will be stored at a warehouse until
renovations are complete at the Company Shops Market building.
(You may remember that we
hired the Sustainable Alamance workers to remove the old wooden
ceiling framework on the CSM building about a month ago.
You can read more about that on our blog)
Thank you Bill Sherrill (of
Red Oak Brewery
fame) for offering us a great deal on equipment and furnishings for
the Company Shops Market kitchen and cafe. Thanks to CSM investor
and former boardmember, Sam Moore, for allowing us to store
everything in his warehouse space. And thank you Sustainable
Alamance for a job well done.
(Sustainable Alamance disassembles restaurant
fixtures at former Red Oak Brew Pub for use at Company Shops Market
Building Committee Update:
The building committee finalized the floor plan last week. CE Pugh
and the Development Cooperative are working on laying out the cut
sheets based on the finalized floor plan. Once we have the cut
sheets and make a few other design and logistical decisions we will
be able to obtain a final ballpark construction price and can begin
work on the architectural plans in preparation for the building
*The building committee is: Bill Moser, Bob Hykes, Rusty Holt, David
Williams, and Sharon Dent. We meet at least twice a month, and will
be meeting weekly as construction begins.
(Above: Building committee meets with C.E. Pugh. L-R: Sharon Dent,
Bob Hykes, C.E. Pugh, Rusty Holt, and David Williams. )
We're Hiring: General Manager
are still taking applications for our General Manager position. Company Shops Market is currently seeking a full time professional
General Manager to open and operate the Company Shops Market co-op
natural foods grocery store, opening in early 2011.
Think you know the perfect person for the job? Be sure to tell them about it.
our intention to fill this position by mid September, 2010. Visit
our website for more information:
Q & A with Board President Sharon
Q: When will I receive my preferred share
A: They're on their way! I
mailed the first batch out this week. Thankfully, I had quite a few
Q: Now that the co-op has received a
$298,000 grant, are we still selling preferred shares?
A. Absolutely. The more
preferred shares we sell, and the more community investment
notes we convert to preferred shares, the better our equity
position. Because we will receive the grant at the 'back-end' --
after we have completed construction -- every little bit makes a
difference in getting the store open quickly.
CSM Board President
Saturday Store @ the CSM Building -
Every Saturday 10am-2pm
Company Shops Market will have a 'Saturday Store' every Saturday
from 10 to 2. Come on down! Pick up your
owner t-shirt and/or totebag, purchase your Preferred
Shares, or just take a peak inside the future home of Company Shops
Market. We will also be selling the tin
Tips & Recipes for In-Season Eating, by CSM Owner Megan Squire
Orzo Salad and Grilled Eggplant
with Peanut Sauce
by Megan Squire
Here are two super-quick recipes perfect for summer.
This recipe has three small parts: chopped fresh veggies and
crumbled feta cheese, orzo (small rice-shaped pasta), and a
dressing/sauce. I'll tell you how to make each part and you just mix
them together in a big bowl, chill, and serve.
Ingredients & Method:
1 cup of orzo pasta - bring water to boil, reduce heat and cook
pasta for 8 minutes
Chopped seasonal veggies (I used one small zucchini, half a
cucumber, two very small peppers, one tomato, and some kalamata
olives, fresh basil leaves, all chopped), Feta cheese (4 ounces or a
After the orzo cooks, drain completely and rinse in cold water. Add
to bowl with veggies and feta.
For the dressing, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 2T red wine
vinegar, 1 t. dried chopped thyme (or fresh if you have it), 1 t.
dried chopped dill (or fresh if you have it), salt and pepper.
Toss orzo and veggies in dressing. At this point if you like a bit
of a creamier texture, you could add a tablespoon or two of
mayonnaise or ranch dressing, that would be nice. Refrigerate or
serve at room temperature.
Grilled Eggplant and Peanut Sauce
This recipe could not be any easier. You're going to grill some
lightly-oiled eggplant on either an indoor or outdoor grill, and top
it with some peanut-soy sauce.
Ingredients & Method:
Cut 2 medium eggplants into rounds, about 1/2 inch thick. Baste each
side with olive oil and set on grill to cook. Cook until tender but
For the peanut sauce, you're going to mix 3 cloves of minced garlic,
2 t. sesame oil over low heat in a saucepan. Add 2 T. soy sauce, 1/2
cup natural peanut butter, 1 t. sugar, and 1/3 cup water in a pan
over medium-low heat until creamy. If you need to add more water,
add it 1 tablespoon at a time. You want a nice creamy sauce, not too
chunky and not too watery.
Top each eggplant round with a dollop of sauce.
50 Vintage Ceiling Tiles Sold to Chris
Smith of The Mill at Gibsonville
Chris Smith of The Mill at Gibsonville purchased 50 of our ceiling
tiles last week. We can hardly wait to find out what creative things
she is doing with them. "Inspired by the old Liberty Hosiery Mill,
the charm of the community, and a passion for the old and new, Chris
was led to bring together a diverse group of friends – carpenters,
artists and interior designers – who share her vision that is being
realized by the opening of The Mill at Gibsonville." Find out more
about this new local business on their website:
Cake 'n Caboodle brings Mini Cupcakes to
CSM Community Potluck
Gregory of Cake 'n Caboodle brought a tray of vegan chocolate
cupcakes with peanut butter icing mini cupcakes to last week's CSM
Potluck. Shelly is an award winning baker and cake decorator based
in Burlington, NC who hopes to sell her delicious deserts at Company
Shops Market when we open this Winter. I think we are all hoping she
will be back at our next potluck with more baked goodies.
Find Shelly on Facebook.
Newsletter Archives Now Available Online
Our past newsletters, as far back as Aug. 2009, are now available
online on our website:
We're growing every day. Please join us in bringing Company Shops
Market Co-op Grocery to Alamance County.
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Are you ready for the grand
opening of Company Shops
Market this winter? Would you
like to help us reduce the amount we borrow from the bank? Would you
like to see us go forward with the Classroom Kitchen and community
meeting room during this renovation phase? We can - with a little
help from you.
Invest in three
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and your check to:
Sharon Dent, Company
Shops Market, Inc., Post
Office Box 848,
Burlington, NC 27216.
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