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    Highly Anticipated Small-Batch Meat Store, Saucisson, Now Open!


    Everyone was eagerly anticipating the 'lady butchers,’ Penny Barend and Melissa Khoury’s grand opening and on Thursday March 16 it took place at their new retail/wholesale butcher shop, Saucisson, located at 5322 Fleet Avenue in the old Jaworski’s Meat Market.

    Barend and Khoury have made a name for themselves over the past three years by crafting some of the city’s best, high-quality, small-batch, stuffed and smoked meat products that are nitrate and preservative free. Through word of mouth and frequenting local farmers’ markets, they have developed a serious and dedicated following while growing their business.  

    These butchers use only the highest quality local meats that feature hormone and anti-biotic free animals that are exclusively pasture fed and humanely raised. Their meat products range from fresh cased & smoked sausages, pates, terrines, rillettes, lunch meats, pulled pork, beef jerky and carnitas. They are driven by a love of butchering and are passionate about providing high-quality meat products to their clients. They butcher pork, beef, lamb, rabbits ducks, chickens and guinea hens. This is a boutique butchery experience for the modern carnivore, hungry for natural, locally prepared meats.

    They started out at the Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen (ADD LINK) then moved to the Katz Club Diner catering facility where they have been operating ever since. Their new retail storefront will be a permanent home where they can spread out and grow their operations with over 2,800 square-feet of space.

    The lady butchers will also be doing something creative in their space–by offering cooking classes, and special events, including a possible sausage-making summer camp for kids. There will also be interactive teaching classes for adults and seminars (Customer Adventures) ranging from sausage making to a full day of whole animal butchery–“Butcher for the Day.”

    Total costs for the project were over $300,000 with the Department of Economic Development providing a $40,000 Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program Loan as well as a $10,000 Neighborhood Development Program grant to help renovate the vacant building. The project will create at least two new full-time jobs for the City of Cleveland while attracting increased foot-traffic to the Fleet Avenue neighborhood of Slavic Village.


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