via Burbage Meats Instagram

A woman-owner butcher shop in West Ashley opened over Memorial Day weekend.

Sisters Felecia Burbage Hodges and Melissa Burbage hope to keep the family tradition going with Burbage Meats at 1033 Wappoo Road in West Ashley, where they’re selling several types of housemade sausage, “country pudding,” local cheese, eggs and more. 

“Our grandfather started the business in the ‘50s and then eventually it passed to our father, and our grandmother was a huge part of that as well,” said Felicia, referring to the Ravenel, S.C., slaughterhouse and meat wholesale plant that turned into a small retail shop in 2014. “We want to be your neighborhood butcher shop.” 

In addition to offering an assortment of meats, Burbage will sell local products like Lillie’s of Charleston hot sauce, eggs, cheese and other butcher shop staples. Before it closed in 2017, Melissa had worked at the Ravenel shop since she was 17 years old, and patrons will be able to watch her make sausage through a window inside the new West Ashley shop. 

“We have our own recipe of sausages we make,” said Melissa, who will offer regular pork sausage, Italian, cherry bourbon, bacon blueberry and country — or liver — pudding. “It’s an original recipe that my grandfather started back in the ‘50s.” 

According to Felecia’s husband Scott, who will help manage the store, his wife and Melissa are distant relatives of the folks who opened Burbage’s Grocery on Broad Street.

For more information, follow the shop on Instagram @burbagemeats. 

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