Milk & Honey Market
Here's a little more information about plans for Milk & Honey Market, which I mentioned in a blog post earlier today.
The store, at Cathedral and Read streets, will carry local produce and meats, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, gourmet groceries, fresh baked breads and fresh pastas. An in-store cafe will serve coffee drinks, smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices. There won't be a full-service kitchen, but the cafe will offer croissants, bagels and freshly made panini.
Groceries will take up about 60 percent of the store, with the rest of the 1,700-square-foot space devoted to the cafe.
The plan is for a mid- to late-September opening, said Dana Valery, one of the co-owners.
She described Milk & Honey as "a place to go when you miss the farmers' market."
The store is a joint effort between two couples, Valery, until recently a stay-at-home mom and part-time yoga teacher; her husband, Ernst, who has a private equity firm focused on urban development; and Jim Campbell and Nancy Hooff, whom Valery described as "developer do-gooders" focused on urban infill, historic preservation and low-income projects.
A friend of theirs, who has a market by the same name in Philadelphia, will also have a small interest in the store. The Baltimore and Philly operations will be "sister stores," but not formally a chain, Valery said.
The Mount Vernon store will be open seven days a week. The hours have not been firmed up yet, but the idea is to be open for breakfast every day and to stay open late enough -- perhaps 8 p.m. -- to serve people on their way home from work during the week. It will probably close earlier, maybe 6 p.m., on weekends.
Local milk will be among the items for sale at Milk & Honey Market in Mount Vernon. Sun photo by Amy Davis