News & Events

Saturday, June 24

Just in by messenger owl... Attention all Wizards and Muggles! Join CASA at the co-op for FREE Harry Potter activities this Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the Hogwarts Playhouse at the parking lot.

Harry Potter-themed fun will include edible magic wands, magic potion beverages, lightning bolt tatoos, Azkaban's "most wanted" Wizard photo opportunity, Hogwarts acceptance letters, sorting hat activity, and more! Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character or in your usual Muggle attire.

We’re also pleased to announce a special guest appearance from 11:30-12:30 by visiting Hogwarts Professor of Illusions and Tomfoolery Tim Dingus who will dazzle you with magic tricks, balloon animals and possibly juggle a quaffle or two…or three! 

Everyone welcome! Activities are free. Playhouse raffle tickets are available for sale at the event, inside the co-op and online at

This year's annual CASA fundraiser is a Harry Potter themed playhouse. Tickets are available in store and online at

This year's annual CASA fundraiser is a Harry Potter themed playhouse. Tickets are available in store and online at

Saturday, June 10

Discover Local

Live like a localvore! Join us at the co-op for Discover Local, a day of connecting shoppers with our local producers. Sample local foods and meet local producers. 

You'll find Hilary's Eat WellKANbuchaWakarusa Ridge RanchHugo Tea Company and more!


Lawrence Food Garden Tour & Shred Day

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Growing Food Growing Health will open its West Middle School Garden for visitors, and Mainstreet Credit Union, the garden’s most generous sponsor, will provide free, secure on-site shredding for co-op owners and credit union members.

Saturday, April 22

Earth Day Parade

Join us Downtown at 11 a.m. as we march in the 17th annual Earth Day Parade. Then, visit South Park until 4 p.m. for presentations and activities. We will be there sharing info about our solar project!

January 19, 2017

The Future Looks Bright

by Kelly Barth, Board Member

One of our Ends states that our co-op will be on the forefront of “Building a community based on hospitality, generosity and care for the environment.” To this end, your board of directors is learning about the potential of adding solar panels to our property. We are excited and hopeful for a number of reasons.

  • Depending on the scale of our project, we could generate a significant portion of the co-op’s annual electrical needs.
  • The project would pay for itself in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Solar energy would significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

Stay tuned to our website and to the Board’s Owner Connections emails for future updates on this “bright” new opportunity!

The Co+op Cafe on opening day, January 4, 2017. Stay tuned for more Merc Made food and beverages in the coming days and weeks.

JANUARY 4, 2017

Library Cafe Opens

Launched in January 2017, The Merc Co+op Cafe - located in the lobby of the Lawrence Public Library - allows library patrons and the downtown community to enjoy Merc Made food and beverages.

The cafe is open until 6 p.m. each day and offers a variety of Merc Made coffees, teas and juices as well as popular bakery and deli items like scones, cookies, sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Co-op owners will receive patronage for all purchases made at the library, senior owners will receive 5% off purchases each Tuesday, and co-op coupons will be honored just as they are at our 901 Iowa location.