GREENWICH, Conn. -- Three specialized food businesses that share an area of Cos Cob called The Hub held "Monger Mingle" last week to celebrate their unique corner of the market.
"There's a cheese monger, a fish monger and a meat monger right next to each, and it is really a unique thing that you only really see in small towns in Europe these days," said Ryan Fibiger, butcher and CEO of the recently opened Fleisher's Craft Butchery at 160 E. Putnam Ave.
He was boosting his neighbors at Fjord Fish Market at 158 E. Putnam Ave. and Greenwich Cheese Company at 154 E. Putnam Ave. in Cos Cob.
Called "Monger Mingle," the event was the brainchild of Fibiger. He said he wanted to introduce his butcher business to the community but wanted to include his neighbors at Fjord Fish Market and Greenwich Cheese Company. The special event Thursday included food samples, wine and after hours shopping. They also contributed 10 percent of the night's sales to the Norwalk-based nonprofit Community Plates, which fights hunger.
Chris Palumbo, co-owner of the Greenwich Cheese Company, said the evening reminded consumers that they have options beyond simply going to the supermarket when shopping for groceries.
"I think it's great to get back to market shopping rather than shopping in the supermarket," he said.
Brian Hayslip, manager at Fjord's, said the evening also promoted their section of Cos Cob.
"It's just an introduction to a good strip of great stores that is happening in Cos Cob now," he said.
Shoppers tell him they enjoy the experience.
"They love it. It's kind of a one-stop shop for a lot of people they can get what they want in these three stores," he said.