The Wedge Table is much more than a restaurant and grocery store. Most cooperative models are governed by 7 guiding principles, the seventh of which being “concern for community,” a principle that The Wedge Table and The Wedge Co-op family of businesses have exemplified time and again. The Change Matters program allows customers the option to round up their transactions to the nearest dollar with proceeds being donated to a local non-profit organization. This program consistently helps generate over $10,000 for partner organizations each year. New to this year's program is a partner product program in which a portion of all proceeds of the partnering products sales are donated to a charity of their choice.
The Wedge Table also features two community gathering spaces: the Community Room and Classroom spaces, which can be rented separately or jointly for larger events. The Classroom includes a full kitchen for cooking demonstrations and classes. Non-profit organizations, community groups, cooperative organizations, and Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op owners are eligible for two free rentals per month. Beyond this, the room is available for rent at just $10 per hour. Social events and businesses are charged at a rate of $50 per hour.
In addition to these community-oriented amenities, keep an eye on the Wedge Table's calendar for the frequent events they host to further connect community members and other organizations. A recent example is the partnership established with The Children's Theatre Company this past winter to provide discounted tickets and healthy meals for children and families attending CTC’s production of "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Looking ahead to the summer, the Wedge Table will host Family Fridays in partnership with other organizations every third Friday from 10am-12pm. These free events feature crafts, singing, dancing and other activities catered to kids ages 6 and under, as well as a recurring free yoga class Wednesdays and Sundays. The Wedge Table also partners with the Whittier Alliance and the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) as one of the community drop sites for the Community Organics Program which allows people who live in buildings not yet eligible for City organics bins the opportunity to recycle their organic waste.
In it’s short time on Eat Street, the Wedge Table has become a mainstay and asset for the Whittier neighborhood, continuing their story of partnership and community investment. The Whittier Alliance is glad to call them our neighbor.