SABINA — To save money and get good lunch meats for her family, Brittany McKinney started ordering by the case from an Amish woman in West Union, and slicing it at home. She told other people about it and they wanted to go in with her and before she knew it, she was providing meats to her friends.
“Everybody we know likes Amish brand meats and cheeses. It’s a good price, and good quality food,” said McKinney inside The Village Deli and More at 405 E.Washington St. (routes 22 and 3) in Sabina across from IGA.
She owns and operates the deli, which opened in mid-December. It’s doing well and plans are to take out a wall and expand the space, she said.
McKinney was out of work and looking for something to do. She returned to factory work, but decided she didn’t want to do that anymore.
So the former nurse’s aide and BP store manager thought about her lunch meat service, spoke with some people and decided to run a deli in Sabina, where she’s lived almost 14 years.
A recent “Daily Special” featured their Reuben sandwich for $5. It’s 1/3 pound of corned beef, three slices of Swiss cheese steamed with a 1/4 pound of sauerkraut on toasted rye, with their homemade Thousand Island dressing. A side was 75 cents more.
But lots of people place a customized sandwich order, mixing and matching among the varieties of meats, cheeses, breads, buns and condiments.
They offer steam sandwiches, using a sandwich steamer to make the meat warm, the cheese “melty” and the bread really soft, said McKinney.
On Friday mornings, the deli gets fresh pies and sourdough breads made by a Mennonite woman in the Sabina area.
And one day a week, Saturdays, they offer a breakfast of biscuits and gravy.
People, of course, may order meat and cheese party trays for pickup.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed Sundays. The phone number is 937-584-2000.
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