News & Events

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.