“We were making jokes like, ‘I should just open up a butcher shop,’” Gross says.
It’s no joke, though. That’s what she’s doing.
Gross is opening Douglas Avenue Chop Shop at 1113 E. Douglas, which is next to the Anchor, to sell Creekstone products and other high-end meat.
“It would be an extension of the Anchor,” Gross says.
She’s calling it a boutique butcher shop, but Gross doesn’t want that to intimidate anyone.
“It’s not going to look like a boutique from the outside. It’s going to be very approachable.”
Gross, who hopes to have the shop open by the middle of October, says she’ll sell meat from small producers locally and regionally.
She says it will be the same types of meat that shoppers can find in grocery stores, “but on a higher quality, higher level.”
Eventually Gross would like to serve beer and wine in the shop along with charcuterie plates. She’d also like to have a patio out front like she does at the Anchor.
“There’s this whole renovation I want to do,” Gross says. “This is just phase one.”
In a few years, Gross wants to completely remodel the Anchor.
Previously, she had plans for a new event space near the Anchor where she could offer private parties and catering, but Gross says she did a few catering jobs and learned her lesson.
“I’d rather shoot myself than be a caterer,” she says. “The butcher shop is more my style.”