Cooperatives redefine workspaces and housing in Athens, Ohio

The idea of co-operatives in Athens dates further back than both the Vine and Athensworks. Local restaurant Casa Nueva was founded in 1985, following the closure of a restaurant named Casa Que Pasa.   

A group of eight of its unemployed workers decided they wanted to open their own worker-owned business, Candida Stamp, human resources coordinator at Casa, said.

When the business first started, all workers cooperatively owned and ran the business. As Casa expanded and changed, so did its methods of ownership.

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