A carnivore's delight

Mark Cohen wanted to provide consumers with an alternative to packaged supermarket meat — and that’s exactly what he’s done in Silverdale.

Cohen recently opened Overland Meat Company at Clear Creek Center, making it the only full-service meat market in Kitsap County. Cohen prides his business on not only providing personalized, old-fashioned service, but quality, all-natural meat.

“All of the beef is all-natural with no steroids or antibiotics,” he said.

Overland Meat Co. also features free range and organic poultry, fresh seafood and pork products which “do not have any water solution added.”

From rib roast and filet mignon to turkey and chicken, the extensive selection of meat lines the lengthy refrigerated case and provides customers with an eyeful of various dinner ideas.

Cohen says it is the natural and organic products that really attract customers.

“There is such a different taste and flavor,” Cohen said. “When it says natural, organic, sustainably farmed, that means a lot, people are reading the labels.”

Overland Meat Co. also offers no charge for cooking or slicing, which Cohen says often surprises customers.

“If (customers) call in the morning and ask us to put a turkey on the rotisserie, we’ll have it ready when they come in to pick it up,” Cohen said.

But this is not Cohen’s first store, it is actually the sixth one he’s opened in the nearly four decades that he has been in the meat business. He started as a box boy at the California-based grocery store Ralph’s and worked his way up.

“I got introduced to meat and have been in it ever since,” he said.

Cohen opened his first store in San Pedro, Calif. and learned right away, the challenges of owning a small business.

“I had a partner and we opened up an existing market, three months later my partner walked out,” Cohen said. “It was sink or succeed.”

And for Cohen it was the latter. He went on to open three more stores in California over the years before opening a store in Lake Tahoe, Nev. which he owned for the last 18 years.

“My wife was working on me to move up here and after last winter of pushing snow I said, ‘Let’s do it,’” Cohen said.

His son took over the Lake Tahoe store and Cohen scoured the local area for a location before making the decision to open up shop in Clear Creek Center.

“I found this, it’s a busy shopping center, well taken care of,” he said. “I felt it would be natural to have the store here, every day is busier than the day before.”

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