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What happens when a vegan butcher shop launches a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 dollars for a brick and mortar location in Minneapolis, Minnesota? A bunch of hungry, plant-based eaters make that thing happen!

When the brother and sister team Aubry and Kale (Yes. Yes we are going to point out how perfect his name is) Walch decided to crowdfund their venture, the Herbivorous Butcher, the duo achieved their goal with almost a week to spare. “We can’t believe we’ve actually made our goal of $50,000,” Aubry said on the Kickstarter page. “We are just totally overwhelmed by your support and your love, and the kind messages you have sent us.


Aubry and Kale Walch are ready to pulverize some plant protein

America's First Vegan Butcher Shop to Open in Minneapolis and Beyond!Bring Me The News

Starting out in local farmer’s markets less than a year ago, the success of the Kickstarter will now allow the siblings to open a 1950s inspired butcher shop, complete with display cases, to offer things like deli bologna, savory short ribs, italian sausage and pepperoni. All vegan, the shop will make everything fresh and hopes this flagship location will be the first in a string of several shops across the United States and Guam.

A design concept for the new shop

America's First Vegan Butcher Shop to Open in Minneapolis and Beyond!Architecture Company Minneapolis

Aubry says of their envisioned setup “[The products] will be in a case, cold, just like in a typical butcher shop. There will be cuts of ‘meat’ and ‘chicken‘ and ‘ground beef‘ in the same fashion, it’s not going to be a restaurant in any way.” This concept will be the first of its kind in the United States, offering vegans, vegetarians and those who would just like a healthier and more humane plant-protein option a place to buy it freshly made.

It’s not a bunch of bologna, this is really happening.

America's First Vegan Butcher Shop to Open in Minneapolis and Beyond!Archinect

Opening of the store is imminent, with the pair stating they’ll be signing a lease on their 3rd Ave NE address in the next two weeks so construction can begin in January. Due to the success of the Kickstarter, the shop has added a stretch goal of $10,000 additional dollars for a commercial steamer that will allow them to make more small batches and a smoker for their meat-free meat offerings as well as smoked vegan cheese.

Did they say smoked vegan cheese? You can contribute to that here and help to ensure that becomes a thing.

Lead Image Credit: Mill City Vegan

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85 comments on “America’s First Vegan Butcher Shop to Open in Minneapolis and Beyond!”

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Chris Tinguely
3 Years Ago

If you are so against meat why make fake meat products?

maybe morrigan
28 Nov 2014

just because some of us don\'t eat meat, does not mean we don\'t like the taste or texture. what we don\'t like is the cruelty behind it. we are not against "meat" as a product, we are against where it comes from. if we can have "meat" that did not need to come from confined, miserable, often sick and then brutally killed animals, why not?

PtAthena Turner
3 Years Ago

Yes ! Finally ! Who wants to start one here ? X

Tiffany Riggins
3 Years Ago

"Meat-free meats". Talk about redundant...

stephen ennew
30 Nov 2014

watch Earthlings, Food Inc, Cowspiracy, Ghosts In The Machine, Vegucated, and you will then see "meat" for what it is. slavery, unimaginable degrees of cruelty/torture and death. just for people\'s tastebuds. That\'s what should be redundant.

A Modern Maverick
3 Years Ago


Tricia Todora Grove
3 Years Ago

Nina Grove....in Minneapolis!!

Gail Beutler
3 Years Ago

I am so excited something Vegan in Minneapolis! I have tried some products and they are delicious And the ingredients are good. Not crap.

Annabel Nicholls
3 Years Ago

What is the meat protein they are going to sell? What is actually in it and how is it made? It is all very well saying that this is healthy but I would like that qualified. Does it contain soya products and if so are they organic and GM free?

Heather Van Houten
3 Years Ago

how fun!! I wish they weren't so far away from me lol!!

Joyce Moechoen
3 Years Ago

red meat make ppl sick that why i only eat chicken and duck.I dont like vegi meat.

Ehiehi You
3 Years Ago



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