Business Profile: Frapps Meat Market locates on Escanaba’s south side

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Frapps Meat Market in Escanaba.

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By Jordan Beck

jbeck@dailypress.net

ESCANABA — Since it opened late last year, business has been healthy for Escanaba butcher shop Frapps Meat Market, located at 430 S. 13th St., in Escanaba.

“It’s been steady — it’s getting busier,” owner Jeff Frappier said.

The store opened for business on Oct. 16, 2018. Frappier said he had decades of experience before this point.

“I worked for Viau’s Market … (a) little over 29 years,” he said.

Frapps Meat Market operates in a building which was once home to Kobasic Market. Frappier bought the building from the owner of Kobasic Market, who was looking to retire.

“The opportunity came up, so I figured I’d just try it myself,” he said.

Emily Oman, who described herself as Frappier’s girlfriend and business partner, spoke about the store’s defining products.

“He specializes in fresh-cut, quality meats,” Oman said.

According to Oman, the store has a deli with fresh meats and cheeses and sells a variety of fresh, homemade sausages.

“We have about 23 varieties of brats,” she said.

The store processes venison, as well. According to Frappier, this has already proven to be popular.

“For just taking over in October, I was … very busy with venison,” he said.

Oman said, while the store’s focus is on meats, it also offers some basic grocery items.

“It is a small, convenient grocery store,” she said.

In the future, the store could expand into offering smoked meats.

“We may look into getting a smokehouse,” Oman said.

Oman also noted Frapps Meat Market has plans to introduce other new items.

“We’re hoping to be able to have stuff available for those who like to smoke their own (products),” she said.

Before focusing on these plans, however, the business must deal with issues related to its roof and ceiling. Oman said these problems began about two months ago.

“We are going to be under construction for probably the next month,” she said.