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Monday, November 21, 2016

NEW TO TOWN: THE BERLIN BUTCHER SHOP

We love nothing more than featuring a new business in our community and today’s highlight is The Berlin Butcher Shop located at 101 Williams Street in Berlin, MD. Having opened only seven weeks ago, business owner, Lisa Hall, says that the positive response from people within the community is overwhelming. So, we asked Lisa how this all began. Lisa tells us that this has actually been a dream of hers for the past four or five years because a traditional butcher shop has unfortunately found its place on the “near extinction list” in terms of business models.

“For years, shoppers have been pushed further and further to chain stores because they didn’t have any options. Five years ago, people were really becoming more conscience of where their food came from and today, it is more so than ever,” Hall told us. “I didn’t have a butcher, but then I met Matt at the Food Lion here in Berlin. After meeting Matt, everything just started to fall into place.”

Matt DiPietro, Butcher for the Berlin Butcher Shop comes from a very long line of small business owners and butchers. Believe it or not, Matt is actually a 4th generation butcher. His great-grandparents owned a store in upper New York and the entrepreneur bug stayed in the family, carrying down to Matt’s grandfather and father. Featured in the Shop are photos of Matt as a teenage boy helping his own Dad in their family store, along with a newspaper clipping of his great-grandparent’s store from the early 20th century. Matt moved to the area about ten years ago to help a friend open a bar in town. After staying with that business for only a year, Matt ventured out into town and began bartending and meeting more locals. When the manager position at the Food Lion became available, Matt jumped at the opportunity that he already knew he could do well, thus meeting Lisa Hall in the process. And the rest, they say, is history.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty impressive list of products, especially the Boar's Head stuff, but the big question is.......will they have scrapple?

Anonymous said...

They have scrapped! Get place, fresh meats.

Anonymous said...

I saw Rappa Scrapple in there today. I went to get some sausage. They were out. This is the Eastern Shore! People make sausage stuffing and they are out 3 days before Thanksgiving? Sorry not going to make another trip.

Anonymous said...

The guy behind the counter is a real cut up.

Anonymous said...

9:39 maybe that is why they are out. Did you call and ask if they had what you wanted or when they would have more? Enjoy your walmart/foodlion sausage.

Anonymous said...

waited way too long to get my order a week ago. hope they get more help and maybe more organized...

Anonymous said...

10:44
I did call and they did have it. They didn't have it when I got there. No need to get snarky. I have already order sausage from a place across the bridge. It will be here Wednesday. It was worth the price to get it. I just figured I would give the new place a try. I tried. They failed.

Anonymous said...

And that is why not many new businesses open or succeed on the shore. People won't develop a realationship with a business and oh the owner is a come here. Lol.

Anonymous said...

Good sausage at a business in Cambridge--The Center Market. Jack's Market in Mardela has Scrapple, but it is not Rapa.--Can't remember what brand but it is sold in a 2 lb size.

Anonymous said...

11:20 p.m. - WOW, you are really hard on them for a new business. I hope you aren't that judgemental with everything in life. How sad for you. Why not give them a chance to work out any shortcomings in their first few weeks? It is because of people like you that new businesses fail. Would you take the risk to open a new business?

Anonymous said...

I'd love to give them a chance but I honestly don't know how folks can afford their prices!