Member Spotlights

This article was originally published in July 2022

PCC began as a food-buying club with 15 families. Now, it’s exceeded 100,000 members. To celebrate that milestone, we’re spotlighting several members this year who help make the co-op thrive. If you have a membership story to share in our letters page, let us know at


PCC Member Jari Preston

Jari Preston

Meet longtime co-op member Jari! She’s shopped at Kirkland PCC for 30 years and has kept coming back because of the co-op’s local connections, support of small farms and high product standards. Jari loves to grind her own coffee in-store, as the smell elicits fond memories of being a child and grocery shopping with her mother. Before she checks out, she grabs a few of her PCC favorites: PCC Walnut Beet Salad and Crab Cakes. Thank you for your decades of dedication, Jari! We hope you enjoy seeing the same familiar faces at the bigger and better Kirkland PCC that opened earlier this year!


PCC Member Kathleen Yow

Kathleen Yow

Whether our members have been with us for days or decades, each one has a special relationship with our co-op. Meet Kathleen, a member who joined after her son was born back when our original Ravenna location was open and PCC didn’t sell meat. It was there that she built community and began learning about natural foods and quality standards. Our co-op played a large role in her personal and professional life — many of her wellness center’s customers came from her connection to PCC. Today, she works near Kirkland PCC and enjoys the Walnut Beet Salad, Hungarian Mushroom Soup and Mushroom Risotto Cakes from the PCC Market Kitchen. Thank you for your ongoing support, Kathleen!

Also in this issue

The cool, creative path to great vegan ice cream

The owners of Frankie & Jo’s share secrets of plant-based ice creams and sorbets in unique flavors like “beet strawberry rose” and “salty caramel ash.”

Community Voices: A Q&A with FEEST

PCC partner FEEST is working with youth leaders on “Making Justice Irresistibly Delicious.”

Sustainability Report

See highlights of PCC’s annual Co-op Purposes Report. Achievements include eliminating approximately 100,000 single-use plastic water bottles.