Deep-Rooted Farmers Co-op at Home in Sleek Seattle Area
January 31, 2012
January 31, 2012
Like many credit unions of the time, The Grange Supply Co-op started in 1934 with the idea that by pooling their resources, self-employed family farmers could get better service and better prices on the products they all used. What started out as a Renton-based fueling station evolved into a complete supply store after a move to Issaquah in 1943 and continues leverage the power of the cooperative model today to offer a huge range of lawn, garden and animal-care products.
The Grange Supply and Country Store today is nestled in the Hamlet of Issaquah on NW Gilman Boulevard, the same location it moved to almost 70 years ago. A frequent stop for many people interested in keeping their dollars local, The Grange carries just about everything for traditional or exotic pet owners, lawn and garden improvement buffs or anyone in the area with livestock, a yard, bird feeders or a desire to dress with a little down-home, country flare.
Perhaps one of the most unique product lines carried by The Grange relates to Scouting. Uniforms, pins, patches, handbooks—it’s all in stock, whether it’s for Girl Scouting, Boy Scouting or Cub Scouting.
Unassuming as you approach, the red, wood-framed Grange could easily be overlooked if you didn’t know it was there, right across the street from the famous Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In and just off Interstate 5. And while many people visit the Grange for the products, it’s the service that keeps them coming back. Each of The Grange’s departments is staffed with experts ready to answer member questions on topics ranging from chicken rearing to western wear.
The bottom line, though, is that The Grange, like every cooperative, is in business to serve its members. And judging by the daily and special-event traffic, this small business is going a great job. Its Annual Meeting held each October is attended regularly by 100 or more people, and its February events are already getting inquiries. This includes the Feb. 11 St. Valentine’s Craft Day and the Good Neighbor Pet Vaccine Clinic, which provides affordable pet vaccinations and micro-chipping on the third Sunday of each month.
Like all businesses, The Grange Supply Cooperative has had to reinvent itself many times over the years to remain competitive and relevant to its community. On the edge of an urban metroplex featuring world-class restaurants and shopping, non-stop flights to the other side of the world and skyscrapers made of glass and steel, a visit to The Grange features everything for a lawn and garden, a full line of tack supplies and chickens.
According to reports, Chick Days at The Grange is an anticipated annual event that members (and non-members, because anyone can shop at The Grange) look forward to each year. The event runs from March 16-18 and is tailored for anyone interested in raising chickens for fun or food.
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