Cooperator of the Month: Jo Viviani

Joined Weavers Way: Early 1980s, after moving to Northwest Philadelphia from Radnor.

Now Lives in: Ambler.

Why She Joined: “When I moved back into the city, I wanted a supportive community around me, and Weavers Way was one of those communities.”

Day Jobs: She’s a graduate-level adjunct art instructor at Moore College of Art, Tyler School of Art and the University of the Arts. She’s also a painter, in watercolor and acrylics, and has a studio in Germantown. In May, she had a solo show at Cellini Gallery in Ambler. On Oct. 14, her studio will be part of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour.

Co-op Job History: Her preferred place to do hours is in the deli, but she’s also done floor and bulk packing shifts. Recently, she did a few hours as a greeter at the Co-op’s temporary offices in Ambler.

How She Feels About Weavers Way Coming to Ambler: “I’m excited that it’s growing, that there’s a network now. There are more stores, there’s a larger community, it affects the greater community. …Ambler’s a good place for Weavers Way to continue networking.”

Favorite Co-op Products: Prepared foods, cheese, exotic olives and herbs, bread.

A Little Co-op Love: “Weavers Way supports the arts. It’s about being supportive of each other as a community, as well as eating the right things.”

— Karen Plourde