Originally, our goal was to open in early Spring. Due to circumstances beyond our control, that did not happen. So, we semi-jokingly stated that we would open on June 20, since that was our last chance to open in the season. Well, it’s officially summer and we’re still plugging away.
We pressed pause on setting up shop at farmers markets recently so that we could work around the clock to open our storefront. Since then, we passed our first inspection and both the plumbing and electrical work are mostly done. The rest of our equipment is with the supplier waiting for us to say it can be delivered.
We are taking care of some cosmetic items ourselves while we stockpile inventory for the shop. Soon enough, we will have a contractor in there to finish up the remaining work. Then we can get the green light from both the borough and the county to open our front door.
Opening day is coming and we hope to be able to announce an official date very soon.
So, what should you expect from Valente’s when we first open?
First and foremost, we plan to scale up at a sustainable and reasonable pace. We believe that will allow us the best control over the quality of the products we make. Our shelves and deli case will contain imported products, locally-made items, cured meats and cheeses, etc. In the kitchen, we will churn out our the standard pasta, cheese, sauce, meatball, dessert, and other lines we’ve brought to our farmers markets. We’ll also have a select menu of freshly prepared meals in our fridge that will be available on the Mercato page of our site, which will be updated regularly.
The menu will expand in due time and we will add offerings, such as delivery.
We’re in this for the long haul, not to make a big splash and quickly fade away. As residents of this community, we want to grow and adapt with you. We want to hear your feedback after you shop with us and provide you with the items you want and the foods you like the most. While we have big plans and a number of things in the works already, we will devote our focus to one thing at a time.
Throughout the summer, we will be open from Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 – 7:00. When Fall rolls around, we will likely add on Wednesday with the goal of being open six days a week at some point in the near future.