Friday, December 8, 2017

Mac's Local Buys Market Brings Small-Batch Goods to Dogtown

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 10:55 AM

click to enlarge The market is open Wednesday - Sunday. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The market is open Wednesday - Sunday.

Chris McKenzie, better known as “Mac,” has been in the food business for a long time, but he’s recently started a new venture in Dogtown — Mac’s Local Buys Market (1221 Tamm Avenue). The shop specializes in local food made in small batches, from fresh-baked bread to dry-aged, grass-fed beef.

McKenzie, who got his start in the food business with the CSA Mac's Local Buys, is now the chef at Mac’s Local Eats, a well-reviewed burger joint inside Tamm Avenue Bar. The adjacent market space is a side project he's has been working to get up and running since this summer. After opening on Black Friday, the market is now celebrating its grand opening with a "holiday blitz" on Saturday, December 9.

Nearly everything in the shop comes from within a few hundred miles of St. Louis. Its shelves hold Banner Road Baking Company granola, made by former Pastaria executive pastry chef Anne Croy; Core + Rind’s vegan cashew “cheesy” sauce; Kakao hot chocolate; pot pies from Dogtown’s Sugaree bakery; and of course, Dogtown frozen pizzas.


click to enlarge Nearly everything stocked in the market is locally made. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Nearly everything stocked in the market is locally made.
In addition to food items, you’ll find yard games, locally made soaps, stationery, hats, shirts, scarves and more. It’s a small space, but stocked with lots of locally made gems, and McKenzie says there’s more to come.

When he was asked to take over the kitchen at Tamm Avenue Bar, the market storefront was part of the package deal. “It’s a unique set-up,” says McKenzie, “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” He has long had connections to local farms through running Mac’s Local Buys, a meat-and-produce subscription, and hopes the market will bring farm-fresh meats and locally made goods to more people.

A sign above the checkout counter expresses the market’s vision perfectly: “Our region is rich with small-batch producers, artisans, and family farms — each one bringing their own unique story. Thanks for allowing us to share their stories with you.”

The market is open from 10 a.m til 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. And that's not the only thing cooking on its block in Dogtown: Mac’s Local Eats recently expanded its hours, and is now serving lunch and dinner six days a week. The order window inside the bar is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, as well as 11 a.m. til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Both the market and the restaurant are closed on Tuesdays.

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click to enlarge The market stocks hot sauces, pickles, baking mixes, popcorn and more. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The market stocks hot sauces, pickles, baking mixes, popcorn and more.
click to enlarge Mac's Local Buys Market gets fresh meat delivered weekly, and customers can order whole shoulders or loins in addition to what's stocked in the freezers for purchase. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Mac's Local Buys Market gets fresh meat delivered weekly, and customers can order whole shoulders or loins in addition to what's stocked in the freezers for purchase.
click to enlarge You can also find wood yard games at the market. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • You can also find wood yard games at the market.
click to enlarge Banner Road granola is made by Pastaria's former executive pastry chef, Anne Croy. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Banner Road granola is made by Pastaria's former executive pastry chef, Anne Croy.
click to enlarge PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
click to enlarge PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford

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