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Wednesday, October 16,2013

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Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block/Tom and Chee

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block opened in Haslett. The location was a Sav A Lot store for 18 years, but in January, owners Doug and Margie Potter decided to transform the building into market focusing on specialty meats and produce. “It’s still a work-in-progress, as we talk with members of the community and see what they’re looking for,” said Margie Potter. “We’ve had a lot of requests for organic and local products, and as we start to settle in, you’re going to see a lot more of that on our shelves.”

Master butcher Dominic Conigliaro runs the butcher counter in back, and all of the sausages and jerky are manufactured in-house using his recipes. The steaks — which include certified natural beef selections — can be purchased pre-cut or cut to order . Potter said the deli features many homemade and low-fat offerings featuring products that were picked for their quality. Local products already in place include 45th Parallel (Okemos) pickles and products, a selection of varietals from the Burgdorf Winery (Haslett) and MOOville Creamery’s (Nashville, Mich.) dairy products.

“We can barely keep (MOO-ville’s) ranch dressing in stock,” Potter said. “Some of these local products have been our biggest sellers.”

Comfort food A vacant downtown storefront will soon be filled thanks to reality TV. The former location for Great Harvest Bread Co., 123 S. Washington Square in Lansing, is becoming the first location outside the Cincinnati-area for the mini-chain Tom and Chee, which features variations on grilled cheese and tomato soup combinations. Founded by entrepreneurs Trew Quackenbush and Terry Ward, Tom and Chee achieved national exposure when the duo appeared on ABC’s “The Shark Tank” to look for investors so they could expand nationally. They landed a $600,000 investment package off the shows. More info about the store at tomandchee.com.

Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block 6912 Marsh Road, Haslett 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Saturday; closed Sunday (517) 339-9670 facebook.com/ monitcellosmarketand butcherblock

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