Karen Schultz (Owner #367)
Tell us a little about yourself-what do you do for a living?
I am a native of Two Rivers and currently am the Supervisor of Physical Therapy and Sports Health with Aurora Medical Center here in town. As a physical therapist myself, I specialize in pelvic rehab and am frequently educating patients about the influence of food on bladder and bowel health. I love to be active with exercise and spending time with family and friends.
Why did you invest in the Clipper City Co-op and become and owner?
I invested in the Clipper City Co-op and chose to become an owner because I want to see a food organization here in Manitowoc County that maximizes support for the food and agricultural businesses that are so rich in the State of Wisconsin and the Mid-West. In order for any business to be sustainable, it has to have customers who will support it. It is always sad for me to see new businesses open in Manitowoc and then close not long after. The expense to be an owner is really quite small in the grand scheme of things and if this helps draw the community in for greater sustainability of a great cause, then I decided that I wanted to be a part of that.
Why do you think Manitowoc needs a food co-op?
Manitowoc certainly has adequate grocery options which sell a great variety of healthy produce, meat and dairy but I think the co-op could take healthy options even a step farther and hopefully increase opportunities for small producers of food to more easily enter the retail market. In addition to all the great attributes Manitowoc has to offer, I think a food co-op would be appealing to all the generations who are interested in supporting local and choosing healthy options.
Thanks for sharing why you joined the Clipper City Co-op Karen! If you as an owner would like to share why you became an owner in the co-op, contact Jackie Sullivan at Sullivanfarm@tm.net.