It’s Andy Dixon here. As you may have heard, I am moving on from my post as Grocery Manager at Daily. Between two tours of duty as a manager and two terms on the Board of Directors, I’ve put in a decade of work here. I’m proud of and amazed by the changes that have taken place in that time.
I’ve seen the Coop grow from less than $500,000 a year in sales when I first worked as co-manager in 2001, to what is expected to be over $1.2 million in 2014. Even in the expanding health food industry, that’s a boatload of growth – all in the same cozy space, the familiar aisles in which I’m sure I’ve walked hundreds and hundreds of miles. The reason the coop has been able to grow so much is the same reason that I’ve spent a chunk of my adult life and so much of my energy here – there’s something truly beautiful and transformative about the collective effort of good-hearted people in pursuit of a noble goal.
Because I’ve been close enough to the day-to-day process, when I look at all the changes in the coop, I can see the work of specific people – all the folks I’ve gotten to know over the past 14 years. It makes what is already a charming and unique store all the more beautiful to my eyes. We take turns applying our skills and energy to build something that can be safely carried forward by the next set of hands. The coop as it stands now is comprised of the work of everyone up till today, from crucial founding members like Angie Grass and Michael Wegner, to working members under the old system, to the hundreds of paid employees and unpaid board members over the last 21 years. I’m proud of the work I’ve put in and equally thrilled to see it go on without me.
It’s exciting (and a comfort) to me to know that Daily’s general manager Andrea Malloy, with the help of a solid management team and board, will continue to build on the great things that we’ve accomplished in the last three years. She has made some hard decisions in order to move Daily toward the vision of being a viable financial force, a job creator, and boon to the local economy. She has done yeoman’s work and I respect her for it.
I leave the grocery buying in the capable hands of Jim McCarren, who has a good deal of relevant experience and a clear enthusiasm to be at Daily. To paraphrase a certain rapper, he seems “hungry, like a younger me,” and I think getting some fresh legs in the game will really help the coop. Also, he has a mustache, and that is cool.
As for me, I’ll be working part-time at Heirloom (a great restaurant that focuses on local and organic food), and taking some time to work on material for my band’s next album. I hope to do some hardcore maxing and relaxing – catching up on all the books I’ve bought at Avid, coming up with dumb jokes. I’ve also got my eye on returning to school in fall 2015 to get my Master’s in social work.
It’s been an honor and genuine fun to work with all of y’all, and I want to thank you for the opportunity. Daily is an astounding jewel, a rare egg, and more than anything it is a community – a collective of awesome folks greater than the sum of its parts.
I’ve learned and grown so much from my encounters and experiences here. I’ve become more confident and comfortable with myself, hopefully more kind, certainly more loving in my heart. I’ll miss seeing y’all – customers, owner-members and coworkers – every day, but I look forward to being an interested owner-member and of course a frequent shopper. Seriously, who beats our produce? Anyway… I love y’all.
Since this isn’t goodbye – more like “zipzop, catch you on the flippity-flop” – I’ll close by saying
Long live Daily – Excelsior!