After a year and a half shacking up with butcher shop Farm Field Table on Woodward Heights Boulevard, Ferndale chocolate and cheese shop Mongers’ Provisions is preparing to relocate to the Rust Belt Market. Founders William Werner and Zach Berg confirmed the change of address in a statement on Facebook on Monday, May 13.
“We’re both expanding and they needed more space,” Werner tells Eater by phone of the decision to move on from Farm Field Table’s storefront. “Both of our businesses outgrew [the space] within the first few months,” he says. “It’s challenging to run a business out of 400-square-feet, let alone two businesses.” Werner described the move as bittersweet, but positive for both companies in the long run.
Mongers, which specializes in cut-to-order cheeses and small batch bean-to-bar chocolates, began scouting new alternative locations several weeks ago and has struck a deal to open a smaller location next to the Rust Belt Market’s bar from June 28 through the end of December. The shop will offer a smaller selection of cheeses at the new location while devoting more space to chocolate bars, oils, vinegars, and other shelf-stable products. It will open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only during the residency. The current Ferndale location will remain open beside Farm Field Table through the end of May.
During their residency at the Rust Belt, Werner and Berg plan to look for a new permanent address in the area. “The goal is to use that time to find somewhere where we can set up a larger concept,” Werner says.
As for Mongers’ Provisions’ larger, flagship storefront in Detroit, Werner says the partners are preparing to expand hours to stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. After Memorial Day, the shop will also be adding hours on Mondays.