Sunday, May 2, 2010

Seward Co-op History Mural

Seward Co-op has a new mural along the front wall of the store.

The vector-based illustration was done by Spunk Design Machine and shows the four "faces" of the co-op over its 28 years. (Click on the image to see it larger, but details are also below.)

The first location, 1982, was at 22nd and Franklin, where the Welna Hardware store is now. I always wondered about that extra "O" in Co-op. Couldn't they afford a hyphen?

The second image is the same location, but after some renovations that took place in 1987 or 1988.

The second store was built and opened in 1998, just a block west of the first. It was a good example of community development funds combining with capital from the co-op's member owners.

The current store, which opened about a year and a half ago, demonstrates both green building principles (green in all senses of the word!) and the commitment of members to investing in their co-op.

Here's a past look at the mosaic outside the front door of the new co-op and some photos from the co-op's opening day in January 2009.