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Come with us to the grand opening of Willy Street Co-op’s new space, Aubergine

Willy Street Co-op has a new community space, here’s what you need to know about the Aubergine on Williamson Avenue.

Three women in a brick entryway cutting a purple ribbon at the grand opening of an event space

Aubergine is Willy Street Co-op’s second community space. | Photo by 608today

The Willy Street Co-op just opened Aubergine, a new community space where locals can gather for classes, private events, and more.

Located at 1226 Williamson St. (across the street from the Willy East grocery location), we stopped by the grand opening. Fun fact: Aubergine is another word for eggplant, a nod to the co-op’s logo.

A seating area in the foreground with the gallery wall and kitchen visible in the background

Here, you can see the seating area, gallery wall, and kitchen. | Photo by 608today

This is the second Willy Street Co-op community space, the first being the Community Room at the West store in Middleton (6825 University Ave.) which can host 30 people at a time. With a 99-person capacity at Aubergine, there are a variety of opportunities for Madisonians to take advantage of.

Classes

The public (co-op members or not) is encouraged to sign up for upcoming classes being held at Aubergine:

  • Spring Equinox Restorative Yoga | Tuesday, March 19 | 5-6 p.m. | $15
  • Mushrooms in the Kitchen and Apothecary | Thursday, March 21 | 6-8 p.m. | $55-$65
  • Cooking with Chef Paul: Duck Demystified | Thursday, March 28 | 6-8 p.m. | $30-$40
  • Learning with Chef Paul: Knife Skills and Safety | Thursday, May 23 | 6-8 p.m. | $30-$40
Aubergine's commercial kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a center island

Take a cooking class at Aubergine to check out its commercial kitchen. | Photo by 608today

Private events are also available for things like birthday parties, team bonding, or bridal showers. Fees typically range from $150 to $350. Fill out a request form at least a month before your desired date.

Colorful abstract art by Roscoe Mitchell

Currently, art by Roscoe Mitchell is on display at Aubergine. | Photo by 608today

The open-concept layout of the space allows the inclusion of a gallery wall. Local artists who represent a nonprofit, school, cooperative, or collective, are welcome to submit work to be on display for eight weeks.

Those interested can submit a proposal at least two months before your desired exhibit opening. Note: Artwork should be appropriate for all ages.

Rent the space

For an hourly rate, you can rent the entire space, just the kitchen, or just the general area. Those with a co-op membership (“owners”) get a 50% discount. A $100 deposit is required for all rentals.

Pro tip: Check the reservation calendar before locking in a date.

General space

  • Owners: $25/hr
  • Non-owners: $50/hr

Kitchen space
Note: Before using the kitchen, you’ll attend a 30-minute orientation with a staff member.

  • Owners: $25/hr
  • Non-owners: $50/hr

Combined kitchen and general space

  • Owners: $50/hr
  • Non-owners: $100/hr

Commercial kitchen use
Note: If using the kitchen for commercial purposes, you must present the appropriate licenses and certifications.

  • Owners: $35/hr
  • Non-owners: $70/hr
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