Local Meat Shop Makes Final Cut for Chamber of Commerce Award
By Brittany Allen | Sandy Post – February 14, 2018
Timberline Meat General Manager Dale Rasmussen and Store Manager Ben Kolibaba appreciate serving new and familiar faces at the new Sandy butcher shop.
As a company, Timberline Meat is fairly new to Sandy, celebrating its grand opening last summer just in time to supply the barbecue supplies for Fourth of July festivities. Dale Rasmussen and Ben Kolibaba, respectively the general and store managers, however, are no strangers to the Mount Hood area. Both worked in the kitchen at Resort at the Mountain previously, and Rasmussen is from Boring. The duo still see many of the people they’ve served come into the butcher shop at 38525 Proctor Blvd.
Business at the meat shop picked up quickly and has seemingly maintained throughout the past nine months. Both managers feel the store and its practices have been well-received by the community, and were happy to find people appreciated their work enough to nominate them for an award.
“For us, this being our first venture into this, it’s nice to have people that support us,” Rasmussen told The Post. “(The Sandy community was) excited that we were here. It had been so long since there’d been a meat shop so conveniently located in town.”
Kolibaba said he thinks the local aspect of the shop’s employment and inventory definitely appeal to customers.
“Our staff is extremely friendly,” Rasmussen noted. “They’re all local too.”
Within the first few months of operation, the staff was already expressing its local pride by participating in the chamber’s annual Trick-or-Treat Trail and helping with its Christmas family adoption.
Kolibaba said his ability to offer recipes also attracts customers.
“If (people) have a question about something new that they haven’t cooked, I can walk them through it. I think it’s a big (attraction). People see something in the case they think looks neat and they can talk to Ben, go home and look like a rock star.”
Besides recipe ideas, and of course, prime cuts of meat, Timberline also offers a plethora of options for side dishes already prepared and ready to be taken home — perfect for people who dread fixing dinner after a long day.
“They can pop in and pick up a roast to take home and the sides are there,” Rasmussen said. “So there’s not a lot of work for them when they get home.”
For the not-so-everyday meals, like Valentine’s Day and Christmas, Timberline also offers specials, usually accompanied by a custom recipe card made by Kolibaba.
For Feb. 14, the shop is offering “sweetheart” ribeyes — steaks cut into heart shapes — lobster tails and beef Wellingtons.