Taylors native to open up independent foods marketplace on Wade Hampton Blvd.

Kandace Wysock

Pat Cheatham does a large amount of items otherwise. It’s a trait about himself that is branded in the Black Sheep Market place he’ll open up this month off Wade Hampton Boulevard. The market place will offer you a wide variety of specialty meats, which include refreshing cuts of beef, lamb, […]

Pat Cheatham does a large amount of items otherwise.

It’s a trait about himself that is branded in the Black Sheep Market place he’ll open up this month off Wade Hampton Boulevard.

The market place will offer you a wide variety of specialty meats, which include refreshing cuts of beef, lamb, and pork, develop, seafood, and domestically sourced merchandise from unbiased meals purveyors and artisan craft makers, the store’s site claimed.

It is located in the Hampton Harbor buying heart, throughout from Wade Hampton Fireplace Office. 

It’s in an place amongst Taylors and Greenville in which Cheatham grew up, and not significantly from in which the 33-year-old raises white leghorn chickens and Barbados blackbelly sheep on his a few-acre mini-farm.

Farming is anything you don’t see several youthful individuals, particularly younger African Us citizens, doing these days, said Cheatham, a 1st-generation farmer who demonstrates on rising a backyard garden with his grandfather in his youthful decades.

His new 2,000-square-foot retail outlet is named for his initial farm animal – a blackbelly sheep -and the fact that “I’m diverse.”

His uniqueness might also be reflected in a choice he made leading up to Black Sheep Marketplace.

Pat Cheatham of Black Sheep Market poses for a portrait Friday, July 30, 2021.

A spouse and a father of two youthful girls, Cheatham was in a retail administration placement prior to choosing to leave it to open the industry. He’d worked his way up from a janitor to manager of a variety of departments, with the very last 7 several years as a meat supervisor.

Getting worked with meals given that the age of 19, he’d not only achieved a point wherever he began to need some feeling of possession. He also longed to use his expertise to do some thing additional for the group.

The COVID-19 pandemic gave him a tipping point.

“Life is far too short and far too treasured,” Cheatham said. “I imagine the pandemic confirmed us that so numerous men and women experienced to go to the graveyard, by tricky scenarios, ahead of they at any time acquired to do a little something that they preferred to do. So for me, the pandemic certainly stated, ‘You know what, let’s not wait. Let us do it and let’s do it now.’”

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