Progress is Never Fully Earned

04/22/2021 There’s a point in big budget movies where the good guy and the bad guy shoot their equal and opposite powers towards each other, like fire and ice or two different colored laser beams. The grunt and strain trying to push their power towards …

Board Retreat and Junction Update

1/27/2022 Happy 2022, fellow Co-op members and friends, On January 22, your Co-op Board of Representatives had a very productive annual retreat over zoom. Now in my fifth year on the Co-op Board, this was my fifth Board retreat – and as always, I loved …

Planning Ahead Because of Supply Chain Issues

11/5/21 by Mike Houston 2021 has brought a host of challenges for small businesses like TPSS, but let’s focus on the current and upcoming supply chain issues.   According to the October US Census Small Business Survey Pulse Survey, 45% of surveyed businesses said they are …

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Fall Meeting Message from Our GM

Co-op Member-Owners, Thank you all for joining us this evening. Tonight is my 7th Semi-annual Member Meeting GM update despite the fact that I think I’ve now worked at the Co-op for 20 years. I’m fairly certain I didn’t have these gray hairs when I …

Reflections from Our GM

04/22/2021 I used to call the police a lot.  Working at other stores prior to the Co-op, and following policies about theft or confrontations in the store, the quickest resolution was to call the non-emergency number and ask for an officer to trespass the offending …

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An End of the Year Message from Our GM

“I had no reason to be over-optimistic. But somehow, when you smile, I can brave bad weather.” This being Takoma Park, I’m not sure I need to cite the source, but that’s from The Who’s Tommy. I had it on cassette and wore it out driving …

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A Message of Thanks from Our GM

Some time in the last decade it was decided that absolutely every company everywhere needed to send every person a Thanksgiving themed email.  Gratitude, appreciation, thanks.   You’ve all read them and  can probably recite the platitudes and tropes by heart.  I don’t mean to …

In Solidarity

Mike Houston, General Manager: I want to acknowledge the recent murders of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers across this country, as well as the countless acts of violence that have come before. I acknowledge the tremendous place of privilege from which …

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Mike Houston, General Manager My wife says I’m too confident. Actually, that’s not what she says, she says “you think very highly of yourself”, which is even more on the nose. She’s not wrong. I lack for plenty but self-esteem is not on the list. …