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Holiday Hours


Holiday Hours at the Co-op!

For the Store:
Open 9 AM to 4 PM on Christmas Eve, Tuesday the 24th
Closed on Christmas, Wednesday the 25th
Open from noon to 7:00 PM on Boxing Day, Thursday the 26th

Open 9 AM to 4 PM on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday the 31st
Closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday the 1st

For the Bakery & Cafe:
Open 9 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday the 23rd
No baking on Christmas Eve, Tuesday the 24th
Closed on Christmas, Wednesday the 25th
No baking on Boxing Day, Thursday the 26th
Open 9 AM to 5 PM, Friday the 27th

Open 9 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday the 30th
No baking on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday the 31st
Closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday the 1st
Baking again on Thursday the 2nd
Open 9 AM to 5 PM and Pizza Night, Friday the 3rd

Staff Positions Available


The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking for a pool of applicants for part-time positions in the store and in the cafe.  Duties for the store may include cashiering, customer service, stocking, receiving, and opening and closing the store.  Duties for the cafe may include cooking, baking, and dishwashing.  Please bring your resume and/or list of qualifications to the store or send it to eric [at] cortescoop [dot] ca before Monday, October 28th.  Note that, if you have submitted your resume previously, please let us know if you are still interested and available.

Cortes Housing Survey


In 2009, Cortes conducted its first Housing Needs and Demand study.

In recent times, a few potential solutions have surfaced, such as the imminent purchase of their property by the Cortes Natural Food Co-op. We would like to update the 2009 survey, to confirm that there still is a need & demand for affordable housing on Cortes, and to help with preliminary design considerations, including potential locations.

If you are currently residing on Cortes Island, you will receive a paper copy of the 4 page survey in your mailbox soon, or you can pick one up at the local post offices. Otherwise, if you are a property owner and/or resident of Cortes, you can also complete the survey online at or download a printable PDF file here. Please choose only one method to fill in the survey, either the paper copy OR the online version.

If you are a renter in need of affordable housing, or a land/property owner wishing to be part of the solution, be sure to fill in the survey AND contact Krista Ma at mkristay [at] gmail [dot] com or 250-650-4711. Clearly state how you would like to be involved and someone will contact you after the survey to help set up a working group.

Vote for the New Co-op Logo!


The Co-op received over 40 submissions from ten different people in our logo contest.  Thanks to all who contributed!  The logos really show off the talent on our island.  Come by the store and take a look at all of them.

The Board has picked the five finalists.  Co-op members can now vote on their favorite logos.  Just stop by the Member Centre in the store and cast your ballot.  We will count the votes at the end of the day on Tuesday, April 2nd.

And, just as a reminder, here are our guidelines for what we consider good logos.  The perfect co-op logo should be cheerful, down-to-earth, and beautiful. It needs to be attractive and readable in many sizes and formats. In some cases, it may be printed in one or two colours, or in black and white, so simple graphics with clean lines and crisp colour transitions are ideal.  Since the logo will need to be printed quite small in some cases — on business cards, for example — make sure any text is large enough in relation to the overall size of the logo that it will be legible when shrunk down to size.

Here are the five finalists (click on images to see larger versions):

Logo Option A:

Logo Option B:

Logo Option C:

Logo Option D:

Logo Option E:

Vote for your favorite at the co-op before Tuesday, April 2nd to help us pick the new logo!

Cafe Meeting Notes



The meeting was called by the CNFC to receive input from members, and was attended by about 50 people.

In attendance from the CNFC was: Julian Ayers, Chair; Kali Saltibus, Kitchen Manager; and Tanya Krahn, Raw Bar Manager.

Following is an excerpt from email comments received by the CNFC, included here because it summarizes the appreciation and positive direction of the meeting:

I really appreciate that a public meeting has been called and that you are open to receiving input from the Co-op membership and Cortes community. 

First off, I’m delighted that the restaurant is now in place and I think it serves an “essential service” for the Cortes community. It’s a warm and welcoming place with great atmosphere providing a gathering place for socializing, dining, and entertainment. I know it wasn’t easy to open but I applaud the visionaries who conceived and actually got it up and running.

I believe the café has been open for about 11 weeks now. With the onset of September, I’m not surprised that revenues have dropped off, as is the case with all service oriented businesses on Cortes Island. I assume the objective is to find a way to keep the café open through the quieter months so that it can fulfill it’s role throughout the seasonal ups and downs of the entire year. This is a worthy objective. So, where do we go from here?

Obviously, the café must find ways to appeal to the widest possible spectrum of the year-round Cortes Island population. I understand that the idea was to open with a simple menu in order to keep costs down and test the taste buds of potential customers. It’s now incumbent upon the management, staff, and supporters of the café to go to take the next steps….

Following is a summary of the conversation, with all comments from attendees listed. (parenthesis contain comments from CNFC).

– Septic system, porta-potties, and the Health Dept, and how does that affect our liquor licence, and Health Permit? (we are operating legally and with current permits, but the use of portapotties is “temporary”. ie In time, the Health Inspector could, at his discretion, order the issue to be resolved)
– No facility to wash hands before eating. (There is a sink provided by the till for guests and staff)
– All workers including volunteers must have Food Safe
– Food kept in the steam table gets overcooked and un-appetizing
– Food kept in the glass rotary heater dries out
– Food presentation and display could use improving
– Food pricing/portions have been inconsistent
– Pizza too expensive
– Bottled beer too expensive
– Preserve integrity of food choices and respect other peoples choices
– Reach out to the whole community with diversity of food choices
– Some vegetarians wont eat in café if meat served.
– Meat-eaters not eating in café because it is vegetarian.
– Not duplicate food offerings from nearby establishments.
– Prefer fresh-brewed coffee, not in thermos.
– Blenders loud at the juice bar
– Pre-made, plastic-wrapped sandwiches not appealing

Food and Menu:
– Request for animal proteins to be served
– Request that animal proteins not be served
– If animal proteins are served, prefer local, organic, hormone/antibiotic free
– Pasta/potato salads not a winter food item
– $10.00 dinner specials
– $5.00 lunch specials
– Fresh food made to order
– Hot, ready to go breakfast items
– Create a space for “fine dining” one night a week with table service.
– Guest chefs
– Raw bar very good
– Be a “bakery/café”
– Healthy choices-low sugar treats for kids, healthy snacks for after school.
– Serve chai
– Different nights for herbivores/carnivores
– Outside BBQ for carnivores
– Healthy, sustainable meat
– Comfort food, Moosewood-style
– Samples of raw desserts at till
– More local food used in the menu, specials featuring local, support island farmers

– Live music weekends
– TV, sports games in the rec room
– Kids time in the rec room “Happy Hour” after school
– Keep rec room funky-old sofas etc.
– Pool table and or ping-pong
– Storytelling, networking events, community meetings.
– Theme nights

– Give the café a name and a sign
– Motto: “Local, seasonal, fresh”
– Promote and advertize daily specials, Tideline, Marketer
– Hot drink special of the day (non-alc., coffee, chai etc)
– Need outside signage: “open”, “café” etc.
– Need to advertize more
– Communicate “what makes us special”
– Large portions, fair prices
– Micro-brewery draft beer special
– Have “theme nights” for food offerings
– Have reservations and “pre-sell” specialty nights.
– have a wide range of pricing.
– One lower-priced but nutritious dish- every day.
– Educate the community, cooking demos, raw food prep etc.
– HBI has the “U of Q”-successful

Hours and ways to not lose money in the slow months:
– Open same hours as store, longer on weekends
– Close mon-thurs, to save money, open weekends
– On slower days, have reduced offerings/less staff
– On busy days, more selection/more staff
– Ask for volunteers to help subsidize labor costs
– Have a volunteer sign-up sheet at the till

– Reduce packaging, use glass mason jars, used plates, used coffee cups etc for takeout.

The Cafe Committee thanks everyone who attended the meeting. Your time and suggestions are very much appreciated. The Board is looking into the issues raised, and is working on a member survey as the next step.