CO-OPatopia to Highlight Impact of Cooperatives in the Northwest

A cooperative is an association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual benefit. So it should come as little surprise that co-ops like to work together.

CO-OPatopia is a celebration of cooperative businesses and all they contribute to our communities and the local economy. Now in its third year, CO-OPatopia is the only free regional event specifically to promote cooperatives, their products, and services to consumers, and to other co-ops.

According to CO-OPatopia, their purpose includes:

  • Celebrating the community of co-ops;
  • Helping current co-op members identify other co-ops in the area; and
  • Educating non-co-op users about the benefits of co-ops and how they can get involved.

This year’s CO-OPatopia will take place on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5-10 p.m. as part of the Fall Arts Walk in Olympia. The intersection of 5th Ave. SE and Adams St. SE, at the Pet Works Parking Lot, will be transformed into “Co-op Street.”

“This is our annual opportunity to bring together a variety of co-ops from across many sectors to not only show people the benefit of belonging to a co-op, but to encourage greater ‘cooperation among cooperatives’—one of the core cooperative principles and something very unique to the co-op movement,” stated Mary Beth Spuck, Chief Administrative Officer with TwinStar Credit Union.

Credit unions interested in getting a booth or otherwise getting involved in CO-OPatopia can contact Devin Boyd at TwinStar, 360.923.4587;

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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