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First look: Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe opens Thursday in LoHi

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Their all-natural beef, which currently comes from Koberstein Farm, an oasis in Holyoke, Colorado, will "cycle through a lot of different farms," says Kavanaugh. "Some of the beef is grain-finished, and some of it is grass-finished, and we'll offer both until we see what our customers are most interesting in getting," she explains. And bison, which roam the grasslands of the high-altitude San Luis Valley, will be offered, too, on a seasonal basis, usually in November and December; their lamb, adds Kavanaugh, is from Fruition Farms, the land that Alex Seidel, chef-owner of Fruition, owns in Larkspur, Colorado.

In addition to all of that, the future of Western Daughters includes the addition of specialty sausages (think bacon cheeseburger, green chorizo with Hatch chiles and beef bourguignon); a sandwich lineup; prepared stocks, soups and stews and prepared foods like whole-smoked meats and Texas chili; butchery, quick meal, kid-focused and sausage-making classes; and education seminars aimed at hunters who want to learn the art of field-dressing.

And all of that forthcoming schooling will take place inside the hand-crafted shop, which features a a reclaimed barnwood counter, complete with a swinging shelf door; butcher block wood; weathered walnut shelving; schoolhouse light fixtures; black-and-white hexagonal tile; and a wood-beamed ceiling that's reminiscent of the Old West, a look, says Kavanaugh, that she and Curtiss were striving for all along. "Josh and I had the same vision -- a vision that when people walked in, they'd feel like they were in a classic butcher shop, and Josh did all of the woodworking himself, building everything in the parking lot behind us," she notes.

And Kavanaugh, who's originally from Denver, emphasizes that the passion that she and Curtiss share for the land stems from a simple philosophy: restoring the ecology of the plains. "It's one thing to talk about sustainability, but it's a whole different thing to witness life on the High Plains firsthand, and to see, right in front of you, what's sustainable for the farmers and ranchers, for us, the land and, most important, the animals," she says.

When Western Daughters opens tomorrow at 11 a.m. (regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday), customers will also be able to order holiday gift baskets, which are actually reclaimed boxes created from beetlekill pine. And bring the kids, too, because while there's no seating in the shop, there is an area devoted strictly to kids, complete with a chalkboard easel and art supplies.

The name of the shop, by the way, is in honor of Kavanaugh's great grandparents, who moved from Ireland to Philadelphia in the late 1900s. Her great grandfather died soon after, but her grandmother, who had five daughters, loaded up all the girls in a covered wagon and headed West, to Colorado.

Here's a sneak peek at the space and all the glorious foods you'll find while you're there.

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Lori Midson
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