Takoma Park Silver Spring Food Co-op

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 3 reviews )

201 Ethan Allen Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, 20912

Member-owned cooperative market. Has deli, organic fruits and vegetables, homeopathic & herbal remedies, natural health products, beauty aids, and grocery. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm.

3 Reviews

First Review by rebecca willis

Pizza Pockets! - Edit

I have only been here twice, and they have some amazing food that are not at my local health food store at awesome prices. Pizza pockets from the cold meals are delish. There's also raw lemon cheesecake that is divine.

Pros: good food selection, staff is ok, pizza pockets!

Cons: kinda small, but whatever

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Needs Improvement - Edit

I think it is important to support local businesses, as well as foster a sense of community through cooperative markets. I shop regularly at the TPSS Co-op. They have a great selection of raw foods and bulk options. That said, the store is in need of serious improvements. I worked at a co-op in Massachusetts for 6 years before moving down here so I know what I am talking about. A few of the staff members are very helpful, but I have to agree with the other comment that there are many rude staff members. Working at a co-op is about creating a community, and I find it hard to believe that community can be created under a dismissive and self-involved staff. Customer service should be more than a first priority-it should be an essential part of the mission statement. A co-op is nothing without the surrounding community and I am surprised that it has been able to survive for so long. I like to offer ideas for improvement and not just complain. If the co-op board is reading this, please please PLEASE hire/train/monitor your employees to be courteous, patient, and knowledgeable. Knowledge takes time, but a person wouldn't want a job at a natural foods co-op if they weren't interested in the movement. Please avoid nepotism-it has brought down more co-ops/local businesses than I'd like to admit. Every time I have been in the co-op, someone has asked me a question about a product or a brand, thinking that I work there. And I answer. I don't get paid to do it, but it is more important to the big picture that these customers feel welcomed and cared for. Let the staff take the time to really get to know all of the products. It will make a HUGE difference. And while no place is perfect, and all co-ops CERTAINLY have their fair share of inconsistencies and downfalls, it is very important that the board, its members, and the community work to create a friendlier and more helpful environment.

Pros: good vegan/vegetarian selection, raw foods, local, organic seedlings

Cons: failing at customer service, poor layout, workers needs to know products better

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I wish I could like it. - Edit

Why are the workers at this co-op so surly and rude? I really want to like this co-op, as it is my community food store. I have worked at co-op food stores, and I have patronized many co-op all over the country, but I find TPSS to be cosistantly disorgnized, the produce mediocre, and often the dairy is not good. The staff is rude almost always. I barely go in there anymore except for a few things sometimes, and I am always hoping that they will get it together. But so far, over the past almost ten years, it comtinues to be a frustrating experience to go in there.

Pros: carry organic products, community hub, encourage green practices

Cons: rude employees, poor quality produce, dairy that has gone bad

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