TEGA CAY -- The city's latest new shop opening is one residents have been drooling over in anticipation.
Scott Haskell of Tega Cay and his partner, Justin Bryant of Rock Hill, recently opened the doors to J & S Butcher and Deli in Graystone Crossing.
"We are thrilled that Scott is here. He was our butcher in Queens about 15 years ago," said Joni Losavio, a resident at Four Seasons on Gold Hill Road. "Everything that is good should
happen to Scott, because his meats are beautiful. I think he will do well here."
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Haskell, a fourth-generation butcher with plenty of butcher shop experience, offers hand-cut steaks, sausages and more.
"We will have aged beef in our coolers and make several varieties of homemade sausage" Haskell said. "We will stuff the sausage right here."
But that's not all.
"We will also sell dried sausages, some great cheeses, the Boar's Head brand of meats and condiments, chicken salad with my secret ingredient, pasta from Pasta Provisions in Charlotte and more specialties items," he said.
Looking to promote other local businesses, the butcher is using bread from a local artisan bakery owned by Mark Daubenspeck, also of Tega Cay.
"Mark has a nice product at Breadsmith right down the highway, so we will not only be selling some of the fresh-baked loaves in our shop, but also be using his breads to make fresh sandwiches," Haskell said.
"We also want to sell local produce so we have the freshest home grown available," he said.
J & S offers daily lunch specials and fresh, pre-made sandwiches, including "The Godfather," "Bronx Bomber" and "Waist Watcher," as well as salads.
J & S dinner entrees include a heat-and-eat take-out.
Haskell has brought in pastries from Brooklyn, N.Y., and is making deep-dish cheesecakes.
Penny Sheppard of Tega Cay stopped by the first day the New York, Italian-style shop opened.
"I'm excited to hear he will have fresh raviolis and some of the other items that he has promised," she said.
The shop decor includes the sausage stuffers that belonged to Haskell's grandfather and great-grandfather, along with black-and-white photos of generations past in butcher shops.
"Butchering is what I know. My son is now growing up in the business," Haskell said.
If you ask him about his family, he will proudly pull out a photo of his great-grandfather's shop in 1918 that had sale prices of 23 cents for beef ribs, legs of lamb for 23 cents, ducks at 19 cents, and pot roast for 23 cents.
"I am hoping we will be a niche market and stay authentic," he said. "I am working to have fresh items and eliminate waste so we can sell for less than
"We encourage our customers to bring shopping bags as we plan to be a green shop, and everyone is invited to stop by for a cup of brewed coffee roasted in the Carolinas," he said.
J & S also offers delivery, free for orders of at least $25.
Want to know more?
J & S Butcher and Deli, 2435 S.C. 160 W. in Graystone Crossing, Tega Cay, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 803-802-1900.