For Kate Stillman, making the two-hour drive to Boston Public Market to sell cuts of meat from the grass-fed animals she raises at her Hardwick livestock farm had become too much.
The owner of Stillman Quality Meats made the realization during the winter. She wanted to spend more time on the farm with her animals, and her 4- and 10-year-old children.
It was about that time that Stillman said she was starting to hear everyone talk about Worcester.
"You really need to drive through Worcester," people told her.
Stillman said she would usually hop on the Massachusetts Turnpike and avoid Worcester, but she decided to check it out.
"On a whim one day, I looked, just to what there was for commercial real estate," Stillman said in an interview. "I literally landed in the parking lot outside of Birchtree Bread...I was floored at sort of the vibe that was going on there."
Developer Ed Murphy showed Stillman a space on Harding Street.
Stillman started to float the idea to her customers: Would you shop at a brick-and-mortar in Worcester?
The response: "We would love to find you in Worcester."
Stillman said it was good timing. And the timing is fast, as she is planning to open her Canal District Butcher shop in mid-August.
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