Cult-favorite charcuterie business Babe & Butcher is opening its first physical store this spring. You’ll be able to build your own cheese board.
Why it matters: Camp North End has seen immense growth in the past year, opening 13 food and beverage tenants in the midst of a pandemic. Babe & Butcher’s arrival is just a continuation of the development’s rise as Charlotte’s creative core.
Background: Partners Lindsay Anvik and Rob Henricks launched Babe & Butcher in 2019, and the demand for their boards was almost immediate. In their first year, they created upwards of 13 boards a day.
The charcuterie boards are complex — more like art than just a tray of meats and cheeses. Up to now, Anvik and Henricks have been focused on catering for weddings and other events, creating grazing boards that span as long as 20 feet or about the length of the 3-point line on a basketball court.
This new space, which will open in late April or early May next to Leah & Louise, will have a consumer facing element in addition to having the space to fulfill catering orders.
- Customers can walk in and choose what cheese and charcuterie they want on their board and watch as employees make it in real time as part of an “interactive experience,” Anvik says.
- There will be a viewing window into the catering kitchen.
- The shop will offer same-day delivery of wine, beer, champagne, and their charcuterie boards and boxes.
“It takes a lot to bring someone into the family,” Camp North End community manager Varian Shrum tells me, speaking of Babe & Butcher’s opening. All the tenants share common traits, she says. “(They’re) creative and savvy and resilient and community-minded and really committed to their craft.”
Anvik said in a statement that they chose to open their first brick-and-mortar in Camp North End because of the “collaborative spirit” of the 76-acre complex. “We take great pride in being a strong community partner.”
Location: 301 Camp Road, next-door to Leah & Louise, which was my pick for Charlotte’s best new restaurant of 2020, btw. Babe & Butchers charcuterie boxes are easy to take anywhere on the complex — hello, socially distant picnic.
What’s next: Expect a few more new tenants opening in Camp North End this year, but not nearly as many as last year. 2022, though, will be a big one with phase two already underway for more retail, offices and a parking garage. After that’s complete, construction on apartments will begin.