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Fig Authentic: The Country Butcher
WHEN DAN AND DOROTHY Boxler opened up the Country Butcher in 1982, they knew that they wanted to create a business of high-quality food items. Little did they know that they were also creating a community.
The Country Butcher carries prime cuts of meat, prepared foods, gourmet dry goods, artisan cheeses, and pastry items in the sit-down café. The store leads you from one culinary experience to the next. One customer compared it to “the Tiffany’s of the food market.”
But it’s not just food that makes their customers so loyal; it’s also relationship. Creating a kind, welcoming environment has always been a top priority. “People come into the store and feel that they are a part of it,” says Dan.
Dan and Dorothy opened the store one month after their wedding, 35 years ago. They’ve always strived to keep a good work-life balance, maintaining hours that were conducive to giving them quality time as they raised their two sons, and now as they pursue their artistic interests. Dorothy is a painter, and Dan welds sculptures from found objects. Over the years, the Boxlers have resisted the pressure all retailers feel to be open more hours. “You can’t have money make all your decisions for you,” says Dan. This benefits not only them, but also their employees.
Their customers have shown great support of the Boxlers, not only professionally, but also personally. “Customers feel the warmth,” says Dorothy, “but we do, too. It’s reciprocated.” But then, that’s what community is.