Yard Bull Meats opens its doors in Roanoke, becoming only true butcher shop in the Star City

Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 11:20 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A week ago, Yard Bull Meats opened its doors to the community, becoming Roanoke’s newest business, but also its only whole animal true butcher shop.

“We have a skillset that we wanted to put to work, saw a void in the market where Roanoke needs a butcher and so we made it happen,” said Tyler Thomas, co-owner and butcher at Yard Bull Meats.

It all started when Tyler Thomas and Elliot Orwick met three years ago, both having long experiences in the butcher industry, and the same dream of wanting to open their own space.

“It’s been really good so far and I think we’ve got a lot more to come.”

One of the many special parts about the shop is the partnership with local farmers, where they get all their meat.

“The community aspect is really awesome, we’re getting to keep the money in the community, we’re paying the farmers around us, we’re employing some local people too, so that’s a big thing for us.”

Yard Bull Meats is also big into making sure customers know exactly where their product is coming from.

”We got a lot of hopes to just bring that knowledge and educate our customers on what is good and the meat that you should eat and keep delivering on that.”

Thomas said they are already feeling the community support just a week in and are hoping to continue building on that.

For more information on Yard Bull Meats, you can find its website here. You can also find the full press release from their grand opening below: