It’s no surprise that fans of the Jefferson Market are trying to keep it from closing. Jean Henry, owner, has written to Arbor Update in order to solicit some feedback about one possibility:
I am writing because several customers and friends have expressed an interest in exploring a community-owned model (though not strictly co-op model) for running Jefferson Market. I’ll be meeting next week with some people in the know to run some numbers on the idea.
I am interested in getting feedback from you, our loyal clientele, about it. Is it something you would support? Would you be willing to buy a stake in a community-run business? The community has always been emotionally invested in the business. This, for many reasons, has not always translated to money in the door—or at least not enough money. Would a financial stake change (and more comprehensive management) change that? Are there enough of you out there? That is really the big question.
I am of mixed feeling about the whole thing; there have been many ninth hour reprieves for the market, and I’m not sure I can steer this ship through yet another. Of course, if it’s a co-op, it wouldn’t be just me steering the ship, would it? And that’s really the point. I can no longer absorb singly the risks, costs and workload required. Would more captains make the ship run more true? Big questions.
Please respond the this query by email at jeanhenry at earthlink dot net.
If the numbers work and the response is good, I’ll hold an exploratory meeting sometime soon.
Yours, Jean Henry
(reprinted with permission)
I wonder if something like this could work for the Jeff?