Locally-Owned Hardware Stores Show Flexibility and Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 (Episode 100)

Date: 14 May 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director John Farrell speak with Gina Schaefer, ILSR board member and owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores in the D.C. area. Gina talks a little about how she got into the hardware business and explains how they have adapted operations to safely serve customers during the pandemic.… Read More

Five Ways Co-ops Are Countering Corporate Power in Cities

Date: 3 Nov 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, MuniNetworks, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This op-ed was originally published in Next City on October 31st, 2017. As local economies suffer from market concentration in economic sectors ranging from retail to banking, cooperatives across industries are helping to strengthen communities and keep resources local. This … Read More

What Neighborhood Retail Gets Right (Episode 27)

Date: 24 Aug 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Gina Schaefer, the founder and owner of several local hardware stores in Washington, D.C., joins us to talk about starting and growing a neighborhood business and how her stores are faring in the age of Amazon.… Read More

YAYA! Bike Co-op Charts Rapid Growth

Date: 1 Nov 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The number of businesses belonging to purchasing cooperatives has doubled in the last ten years, to about 50,000, according to Paul Hazen of the National Cooperative Business Association. In the hardware and grocery sectors, long-established co-ops like Ace Hardware, have provided an essential line of defense against large chains and made the difference between survival and failure for countless independent merchants. The co-op model is now spreading to other retail sectors. … Read More