"This is really our passion and we just love it."
A brand new meat shop has moved in near the intersection of Ina and Thornydale Road.
Davison Meats is hosting a Grand Opening for its 3840 W. Ina Rd. #100 location with samples, games, and more on Saturday, November 6. The festivities will be happening from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with an official ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m.
Let’s get to know the creative minds behind the shop, though.
How it all began
Back in 1988, the Davison family began ranching Angus beef cattle. Today, Reb, Vicki, and their son Tyler Davison own a cattle ranch in Southeast Arizona, which led to the family purchasing George’s Meat Processing shop in 2015 over in Elfrida, Arizona.
In 2019, Reb, Tyler, and Tyler’s fiancé, Billie Stephenson, wanted to offer more customers another option for quality meat at an affordable price. Therefore, the idea of Davison Meats was wrangled into a reality.
When chatting with co-founder of Davison Meats, Billie Stephenson, it’s apparent that she and the crew strive to offer up as much information as possible to buyers before they leave the shop.
“We really, really love educating our customers and just sharing our knowledge with them,” said Billie Stephenson. “We don’t mind the 30-minute discussion about the difference between cuts and it helps them when they come in the shop the second, third, and fourth time. They’ll say ‘Oh yeah, that’s what I got last time.’”
A meat lover’s paradise
After the 15-minute conversation I had with Stephenson, I felt as if I were confident enough to teach my father — a meat connoisseur, so to speak — a thing or two about the types of steaks he’s been missing out on.
“We are going to be offering mostly Prime and what is called Upper Two-Thirds Choice,” said Stephenson. “Basically, if you were to put both of them on a plate and take a bite of each one your average, run-of-the-mill grocery shopper is probably not going to be able to tell the difference. The Upper-Two-Thirds is a little bit cheaper, but it is extremely good quality.”
“We’re going to have sausages like your chorizo, Italian, and an assortment of housemade bratwurst,” said Stephenson. “We’ve also got hamburger and something called the YaYa Burger, which is very near and dear to my heart: My adopted mom. It’s what we call her — and it’s right around 60-40 bacon and ground beef burger.”
Another item that’s been popular during Davison Meats’ soft opening is the 30-Day Butter-Aged Prime Ribeye Steaks. At the moment, they’re available only on Friday – Sunday until they sell out, which has usually been around midday Saturday.
For those looking for a larger meal or perhaps something big enough to munch on for several days, Davison Meats also sells Butcher Box Packages, like the Freezer Filler (you better have a giant freezer for this one), the Weekender Griller (perfect for football season or neighborly gatherings), and the Steak Lovers (steaks galore).
Meet, greet, meat, repeat
When it comes down to it, the family-operated meat shop makes sure that the customer has a better understanding of what they’ve purchased and how it’s best prepared.
“We’re very knowledgeable in meat. Tyler and his dad and his mom have been ranchers since the 80s,” said Stephenson. “They’ve been doing this their whole life. Anyone can call Tyler and ask him anything — he’s a wealth of knowledge. This is really our passion and we just love it. We love the people and we don’t let anyone leave unhappy. Some people are harder to please and others, but we figure it out.”
Hours of operation
The Grand Opening celebration is happening from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. The regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Davison Meats is located at 3840 W. Ina Rd. #100. For more information, visit davisonmeats.com or call (520) 579-6283.