Joined Weavers Way: Dan joined in 1984, shortly after moving to Mt. Airy; Cheryl after they got together in 2004.
Where They Live: West Mt. Airy
Jobs: Cheryl is a pediatrician at CHOP Pediatric Care in Roxborough ; Dan runs his law practice out of their home, and teaches undergraduate courses in criminal justice at Temple.
Family Facts: They have six children between them. Cheryl’s two sons and two daughters range in age from 25 to 31. Dan has a 23-year-old daughter. They adopted a son, Jesse, who’s now 10 and the only child at home. He’s a student at AIM Academy in Conshohocken. They also have Gracie, a 4 1/2-year-old Great Dane, and recently became first-time grandparents.
Why They’re Working Members: Cheryl: “I like the idea of contributing and giving something — it makes you feel more a part of it. Five percent doesn’t hurt, either.” Dan: “I enjoy working. It’s fun, and I knock it out as soon as my cycle comes up.” (Fun fact: Dan grew up in Elkins Park, and worked at Ashbourne Market, now the home of Creekside Co-op, during high school.)
Favorite Co-op Jobs: Cheryl prefers apron laundering; Dan likes to work the floor, but only in Mt. Airy — “the most opportunities for social contact.”
Favorite Co-op Products: Nova bits, whitefish salad (Dan: “Please attribute that to Cheryl only.”), Le Bus raisin walnut rolls, anything in bulk. Jesse likes the sushi. They do about 95 percent of their shopping at Weavers Way.
A Little Co-op Love: Cheryl: “I’m a big fan of cooking magazines, and they often rate different products . . . and every single time they come up with the best brand, it’s always at the Co-op.” Dan: “I like the whole social aspect of the Co-op. I like seeing my friends there when I go shopping. And I really appreciate the fact that it’s a way to show that there is a way to run a business that is democratic, can still turn a buck, doesn’t have to be driven solely by profit motive, keeps people happy and provides a good service.”
— Karen Plourde