Western Daughters, a unique, truly, locally-sourced, raised and butchered meat brand is opening up their first retail butcher shop in Denver’s trendy LoHi neighborhood today. The 720-square-foot butcher shop will carry an array of boutique grocery items such as small-batch condiments, sauces, cheeses and marinades, as well as dry goods to accompany Western Daughters’ distinct High Plains meat. Beef, pork and lamb in addition to seasonal game meats will be offered in a variety of cuts along with semi-prepared foods and items such as stock, marrow butter, and deli meats.
Fiancée team Kate Kavanaugh and Josh Curtiss began the authentic Colorado brand after training in New York under two seasoned butchers in conjunction with Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats. The duo’s promise is that each animal, farm and community is treated ethically from ranch to table. Every cut is antibiotic and hormone free, raised on open range. The entire animal is utilized and respected for its various components. This is reflected in the butcher shop’s dozens of specialty cuts and products from animals raised for Western Daughters, and all sourced and harvested from within 250 miles of the shop.
Co-owner Kate Kavanaugh notes, “We see animals from the inside out, and it’s with that perspective that we’re able to verify the health of the animals and help support sustainable ranching and land management practices. We believe in restoring and revitalizing the food traditions of our roots and the roots of our grasses.” Curtiss adds, “We’ve moved away from truly knowing where our food came from; we want to be a window from Denver into those ranches, from the life of the animal to the lives of those that raise the animals.”
The design of Western Daughters’ first butcher shop pays homage to Colorado’s Western foundations while maintaining some of the classic elements of New York butcher shops. This proves a great complement to the vibrant community-oriented neighborhood of LoHi. Kavanaugh and Curtiss dedicated much thought and expertise into the interior of the store with help from local design team The Made Shop. Curtiss lent his skills as a master carpenter to the interior, executing all of the woodwork. The duo ensured that Western Daughters is clean and appealing to all of their consumers.
“Our aim is to create a shop that feels authentic and inviting with touches such as the reclaimed barn wood and butcher block countertops paying homage to the nature of the business.” explains Kavanaugh. Curtiss adds, “The woodwork was the main focus for bringing warmth into the shop.”
A kid’s corner welcomes families at all times and helps Western Daughters cater to all needs of the modern family. They offer practices and techniques that are both historic and innovative, a part of their brand. Kavanaugh reiterates, “This shop is about family and all the traditions that we form around our table. We want to be at the center of that.” Curtiss also mentions that an interactive website and recipe platform launch in the near future will help to educate consumers about the cut of meat they’re using and delicious ways to prepare it.
Seasonal events, lectures, classes, farms visits, butcher demonstrations and community dinners will all be added to the Western Daughters agenda once grand opening and holiday season events have winded down. The butcher shop will also be expanding their line of semi-prepared foods and sandwiches come 2014.