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Bringing a local butcher shop back to Bellingham, WA like it would have been 100 years ago. All sourced locally from WA & OR.

Update! We have reached both our 1st AND 2nd goals! So now we are going big time. Goal #3 is $15,000! Which would allow us to buy a smoker/grill for the parking lot...which would give us the ability to sell our fresh, hand linked sausages straight off the grill! And probably some other grilled/smoked favorites. So keep spreading the word!

Seems like a day doesn’t go by when I don't get asked either “Is there a butcher shop in town?” or “Do you carry local grass fed beef?” or something similar. I’ve been working for local chain grocers for the last 5 years and those are the in the top 3 all time questions. Right behind “Where’s your bathroom?”.

The next thing I hear all the time is “Well the man/woman on that food show told me to go to my local butcher and…” and they wonder why the megachain super mart doesn’t look or act like a friendly neighborhood butcher shop.

So after 5 years of hearing the cries of the town, I’m working hard to open a local neighborhood butcher shop in downtown Bellingham. I have found the perfect location on State street and am working with the health dept to figure out exactly what they will let me do and not do. (Hanging whole pork legs for a year at room temp to make prosciutto is frowned upon).

This Kickstarter campaign will raise the necessary funds to purchase a grinder, sausage press, and band saw so once open we will be well equipped to serve this town. Bellingham will finally have a local butcher shop again where you will be able to find local & sustainable beef, pork finished on acorns, chicken, lamb and more! Bringing a butcher shop to Bellingham also means the farmers have another avenue for their products which in turn means possibly getting more USDA certified meats...which means we could potentially see more Whatcom County Grass-fed Beef in our restaurants and even in our schools. So not only are you helping open one little shop you're helping change the food system for the good of the whole county. Also, every penny above and beyond the goal will go to improving the space to better serve you. More refrigeration, more tools...and even MORE refrigeration. (To be clear, the business is started, this is to take it brick and mortar and be properly equipped.)

There are lots of funding options and if you don't see something you are interested in...say a whole pig...or lamb......or chicken...just let me know. I'll add a reward especially for you. We will also be having a grand opening/thank you party just for our Kickstarter backers. So spread the word! And if you want a good, clear picture of what the shop will look and feel like, check out this video:

Here are the brilliant shirts designed by Jesse Morrow

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One of our challenges will be teaching people the true "cost" of meat. The factory beef industry and centralized cutting facilities have made it difficult for local butcher shops to survive. Which is why it's a lost art. BUT, I believe with the help of the people in this town who already understand that you can't get a Cadillac for the price of Kia, we can change the landscape. And sure, some people are fine with feedlot beef from a factory somewhere...but there also plenty of people who want to know where and how the cow was raised.

We will be labeling all our meats by ranch/farm, city and state.

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    For $10 you will get a 10oz top sirloin on opening day or any day after. (Pickup at shop) And all backers get an invite to our Kickstarter Afterparty! Which will be something you will not want to miss!

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    32 backers

    This is for all! For $20 you will receive a limited run Carne Bellingham shirt designed by the brilliant Jesse Morrow! This is the only reward I'm able to ship.

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    $30 gets you a 10oz top sirloin + the limited edition shirt on opening day or any day after! (Pickup at shop) And, as all backers do, you get an invite to our Kickstarter Afterparty. Which will be something you will not want to miss!

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    BRAND NEW REWARD!!! Black Hooded Sweatshirt. Check then out on carnebellingham.com

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    $45 gets you a shirt and 2 12oz Ribeye on opening day or any day after! (Pickup at shop) And all backers get an invite to our Kickstarter Afterparty. Which WILL be something you will not want to miss!

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    $80 gets you The Honeymooner. 2 10oz top sirloins, 1 24oz honeymoon ribeye, and 2 limit edition shirts on opening day or any day after! (Pickup at shop) And an invite to our Kickstarter Afterparty...which will be something you will NOT want to miss! (Or if we could call it "The Roommate" and cut 2 smaller ribeyes...)

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    $125 gets you and a friend a spot in a "Butchery for the Home Chef" class just for the 2 of you! Which means you pick the subject matter and get to take home whatever meat we work with. And I promise, I'll send you home with your moneys worth in meat!

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    We have put together 5 "Ice Box" packs for you to choose from. The Butcher, The Housewife, The Grillmeister, The Skinny Pat, and The Bourdain. Also includes one of the limited edition shirts! You can pick any 1 of the 5 that suits you! You can see them at http://carnebellingham.com/beef-at-the-shop/

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    Dinner for 4 in the shop and an "Ice Box" pack! Featuring our Natural Beef, Handmade Sausage, and other local ingredients. Also you will get to take a behind the scenes tour of the shop and get shirts for you and your guests!

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    The Butcher class for 2, Dinner for 4, 4 shirts, and your name on the wall as a "Prime" supporter of Carne!

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    The Butcher class for 2, AND a quarter of a cow! That approx. 300 pounds of local Whatcom County Grass-fed Angus Beef cut, wrapped, and ready for your freezer! If you've ever thought about buying a cow now is the time. Because not only are you saving money on your beef, but you also are playing a major role in bringing this shop to Bellingham. And yes, I'll work with you to get it packaged in a way that suites you best.

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    This is for anyone who wants to go all in and get 1 of everything a cow has to offer and be the coolest kid in school! The Butcher class for 2, AND a half cow! That approx. 600 pounds of local Whatcom County Grass-fed Beef cut, wrapped, and ready for your freezer! If you've ever thought about buying a cow now is the time. Because not only are you saving money on your beef, but you also are playing a major role in bringing this shop to Bellingham. And yes, I'll work with you to get it packaged in a way that suites you best. The advantage of a half is that you truly get one of everything. The whole tenderloin, the whole tritip, the whole brisket...about the only thing you don't get is the offal. Besides who only wants half a tongue?

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