Lynzie Schulte

Lynzie Schulte


Position: Board Member

I have been a Co-op member since my family moved here at the beginning of 2018. When I opened my vegan café, Foster the Plant, we began wholesaling freshly baked bread from the Co-op for our menu items. I also utilize the co-op with my family for a walkable stop to pickup items for dinner. I would love to have a seat on the Co-op Board of Directors because I want to see the Co-op succeed, I want to be part of its growth and development. I believe that the Co-op can continue to be a wonderful part of the community and I’d like to help drive it in a new and better direction. Owning a vegan café not only brings a business mindset but an alternative way of thinking about food and products. I have also been on many boards in the past and tend to be a board member that speaks up, brings up challenging topics, and I have the ability to have difficult conversations in a non-confrontational manner in order to create a proactive atmosphere. I appreciate the Co-ops focus on local products, support of farms and businesses in the community, and the environmental awareness products such as bulk items that can be purchased by consumers. One of the recent things that I appreciate is the new focus on lower priced items in order to compete with the local groceries. I’m hopeful that this will help increase purchases by customers. The addition of unique beer and ciders could also be an area of growth at the Co-op.

There are some things that don’t seem to be working well at the Co-op. There doesn’t seem to be a focus on price point throughout the seasons. Being conscious of the growing season, local products, and cost of items is important. Seeing high priced produce is a distraction to customers and makes the Co-op seem like an expensive place to shop. One of the missions of the Co-op is to provide the community with affordable produce. Another thing that could be improved upon is staffing. The role of each staff member should be well defined and they should be utilized well with a focus on productivity and efficiency. Customer service is also an area that could be improved. Customers don’t feel welcome at times and current members and wholesale customers are not well known by staff and not treated as familiar faces. Another area that needs to be improved is the prepared food items. Is this an area that is able to make a profit or is it something that needs to be examined for its success? For the future of the Co-op I would like to see an expansion of affordable products as well as local products. Increasing the visibility of local farmers and local artisans will highlight the North Country well and keep money in the local economy. I would also like to see an expansion of grab and go and deli items that will bring people in and cause increased sales as they grab items for home on their lunch breaks. Expanding the bulk items and environmental focus is also important and something that would be unique to the area. I also want customers to be able to walk in and feel welcomed and assisted by staff so they are more apt to return and give positive feedback. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Co-op on the Board of Directors, I feel I will be a good asset to the current board members and can assist them with the Co-op’s success.

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