You won’t find any ground meat that has been brought in via a tube at The Chop Shop.
“Everything we have is cut and ground here,” said co-owner Kip Baldridge.
Baldridge and William Hall founded the Chop Shop, which opens today in Bry-Man’s Plaza North in the old O’Henry’s location, because they thought Dalton needed a place to buy gourmet meats cut to order.
“We just wanted to do something different, give people another option so they don’t have to drive out of town to find gourmet meats,” Baldridge said. “Every place you go here seems to have the same old thing, and we wanted to offer something a little higher end.”
The two say they are particularly interested in providing meats and other products that are organic and free of chemicals.
“We are doing some local, natural fed beef and pork,” said Hall.
They’ve brought in Wayne Sosebee, a Dalton butcher with more than 30 years of experience, to cut the meat.
Baldridge comes from a background in the cattle business, and Hall comes from the restaurant industry. They say the Chop Shop will offer more than just fresh-cut meat.
“We went to different markets and hooked up with folks from Texas and Arkansas to bring in some different rubs and different sauces,” Baldridge said. “We’ll be doing breads, homemade desserts, deli sandwiches and wraps and soups.”
The store also offers various condiments and cooking supplies such as pecan oil as well as stone-ground grits and flour.
“We have our own private label, and we are working with some local providers on some of those,” Baldridge said.
The Chop Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in Bry-Man’s Plaza North in Dalton.