Can you say “Charcuterie”? — Vault Meats & Cheeses
Posted on May 22, 2018
There’s a new charcuterie in town and if opening day is any indication, love is in the air! Emporian’s embraced the new Vault Meats & Cheeses when the doors opened to the public on Wednesday, May 9, at 2:00 in the afternoon. Long lines of curious meat and cheese lovers formed to check out the variety of 30 sliced meats, over 50 cheeses and accoutrements.
Emporia’s newest business, located at 509 Commercial Street, is owned by Becky Mishler. The friendly, smiling face of Misher is well-known in the downtown area from her previous work at Mulready’s Pub as a cicerone certified bartender and at Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet shoppe. Although not native to Emporia, Mishler came here twenty years ago to attend college and decided to stay.
Mishler says she and her business partner came up with the idea of opening Vault because they were tired of having to travel to find a good selection of specialty meats and cheeses. After some discussion, they said “Let’s do it!”
Having been involved in Mulready’s and Twin Rivers when those businesses opened, Mishler said she had a good idea what she was getting into. She decided to model her store after charcuteries she visited in Germany, France and Italy. After much research, the demolition, construction, and remodeling began. Carpeting was removed to expose hardwood floors. Customers will notice a tiled area in the center at the front of the store with the letter “W”. This was the original entrance of the first location of Winter Furniture. In addition, to flooring work, walls were taken down, electrical was rewired and additional plumbing added. Custom cabinets and shelves were built, licensing and inspections were completed and the dream became a reality.
“Opening day is a blur. It was like the first day of school, SAT’s and Christmas morning all wrapped up together,” Says Mishler. She was originally afraid she had over ordered and had visions of needing to mark things down to move them off the shelves, but after less than a week, she finds herself needing to reorder instead. “People are being adventurous and trying new things and the store already has a handful of regular customers,” says Mishler. Favorite items include Silton blue cheese and smoked cheeses.
By mid-summer, Vault plans to offer special orders for parties and celebrations that customers can pick up at the store. Standard tray options will be available or people can make their own choices. Currently Vault is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and is closed on Monday. Mishler says she will set permanent hours in June, once she gets a feel for the customer flow. To keep up with the latest happenings at Vault Meats & Cheeses follow them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/vaultEmporia