Saturday, July 10, 2021

Good Things Don't Always Succeed

A comment on last Sunday's post about the new butcher shop and fishmonger at 333 Warren Street inspired a new comment today, asking about the status of Applestone Meat Co. The second comment inspired Gossips to find the answer, which was readily found on the Applestone Meat website. Applestone is closing its retail sites. In fact, yesterday was the last day. Here is the message that appears on the website:
Dear Applestone Customers:
As of this Friday, July 9, we will be closing the doors of all Applestone Meat Company retail locations.
We're so thankful to you for welcoming us into the communities of Stone Ridge, Hudson, and Eastchester, and for enjoying our meat on your grills, picnic blankets, and dinner tables.
This was not a decision we made lightly. We love what we do and we feel incredibly lucky to have been part of your lives in the last five years. Unfortunately, maintaining our principles regarding supply chain, processing methods, staff pay and benefits, and product pricing has proved to be too challenging.
Through the end of the month, Web site orders and curbside pick-up will continue to be available in Stone Ridge until inventory runs out. If you're looking to stock up or have a gift certificate to use, we invite you to order online during this time.
Thank you again for your patronage and friendship.
--The Applestone Meat Company


  1. Great products and, whenever needed, great service. I'm curious how related to the pandemic this closure is (supply chain, staffing) and how much was just a central flaw in their model that revealed itself over time. It seems a shame that so many small businesses that needed PPP weren't able to access funds while others with means simply used it like a low-interest line of credit without ever bringing their staff back or supporting their community. Applestone's PPP loan was forgiven a few weeks ago; I salute them for trying in a difficult time and wish them the best of luck as they pivot in a new direction.

  2. Ugh, this one hurt. We loved the convenience and unique storefront, but the quality was top notch. It was so fresh, some products could last for weeks in the fridge. They also had a great selection of unique cuts and their processed products were great too. Hopefully this won’t be the last we hear from them. This new butcher will be filling huge void in Hudson. I very much enjoy being able to shop without getting in a car.