Co-op's Sprouts Room gets a makeover courtesy of a couple of caring grandmothers

Saturday November 3, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Sprouts Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-op just got a make-over.

"It's beautiful and really sweet," said Sabine Rhyne, manager of shareholder and community relations at Brattleboro Food Co-op. "It's a gift, and we're all just really grateful."

Before it was refurbished and cleaned, the playroom had worried parents.

"It wasn't the cleanest place in the world," said Tricia Thomas, mother and Co-op shopper. "I wasn't super comfortable letting my daughter play there."

Her daughter, Myla Sol would want to put toys in her mouth as soon as she set foot in the room.

Myla's concerned grandmothers Kathy Thomas and Edith Platt restored the playroom.

"As grandmas, they couldn't walk in there with a clear conscience," said Tricia.

Kathy Thomas is a woodworker and Co-op shareholder. Platt is an artist. Together they worked for a month to complete the renovation earlier this week.

Thomas and Platt made pine shelves, benches and desks. They also set up a chalkboard and cubbies. A wooden kitchenette was restored by sanding and cleaning.

The two women took home the toys from the Co-op and scrubbed them all down with soap and water, one by one.

"Oh my God! She went there and wouldn't leave it," Tricia said of her daughter. "It was great. We were so happy to let her go nuts and play in the new room."

The Sprouts Room is set up so that parents can leave their children with trained staff who provide child care services while they shop.

"It's been really positive. People love it," said Rhyne. "There's always people in it. That's how you can tell!"

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-311, ext. 273, or


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