Last week, I received a tweet from Caroline Shields asking me to participate in an online survey
to assess the interest level in having a butcher shop in Oak Park.
The Wednesday Journal
has a story about her plans in this week's paper:
Shields and her partners have not yet picked a location or opening date for their meat market, but if all goes well, they'll announce that information in the next month.
The business venture is in no way related to Villager Foods, which closed earlier this year. The Oak Park grocer had also considered opening a butcher shop, which has yet to materialize.
I think a meat market would be a nice addition to Oak Park provided that it can compete with the prices at Trader Joe's and the quality at Whole Foods. We've been to the Paulina Meat Market on the North Side of the city a few times and I'm guessing that it would probably be something like that.
I also thought it was interesting to read that this venture is not connected to the plans for Villager Foods discussed a few months ago. But then again, according to this story in the Tribune, butchers
are hot right now as people become more interested in eating local.
What do you guys think? Do you think Oak Park can support a stand-alone meat market and would you shop there regularly?
Flickr photo from the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest