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May 24, 2010 AthenaKTM reviewed Bill the Butcher.
I attempted to write a Yelp review of Bill's in Redmond to sum up our feelings on this development and to warn other people. It posted on May 19 and since that time, it has been removed. I find this highly suspect and one more (bad) example of what a poor business model this place has!

Here's my Yelp review:

My husband and I were initially thrilled to find this place. We are big supporters of local, sustainably-raised, natural, grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, and eggs. But I must admit that the article in the Stranger truly concerned us. Even after reading Bill's response, I think that we will ultimately take our business elsewhere.

It is simply unacceptable to us to not be able to get the correct information regarding our eggs and meat--where it is from, how it is produced, etc. We feel completely duped and wish we had never given this shop any of our hard-earned money. From the signage in the store, it does seem as though everything is organic and grass-fed and although we, like Bill, do not believe that something necessarily has to be organic to be okay, we do not want to be explicitly lied to by staff members who do not know what they are selling.

I understand that this is a growing business, but I believe that if Bill and the company were as focused upon sustainability and transparency as they claim they are, these are kinks that should have been worked out before such rapid expansion. Accountability and transparency are absolutely key in the local and sustainable foods movement and I don't think it is wrong to want to know where our food comes from.
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May 24, 2010 AthenaKTM commented on 18 for 18: A Follow-Up to the Bill the Butcher Story.
I attempted to write a Yelp review of Bill's in Redmond to sum up our feelings on this development and to warn other people. It posted on May 19 and since that time, it has been removed. I find this highly suspect and one more (bad) example of what a poor business model this place has!

Here's my Yelp review:

My husband and I were initially thrilled to find this place. We are big supporters of local, sustainably-raised, natural, grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, and eggs. But I must admit that the article in the Stranger truly concerned us. Even after reading Bill's response, I think that we will ultimately take our business elsewhere.

It is simply unacceptable to us to not be able to get the correct information regarding our eggs and meat--where it is from, how it is produced, etc. We feel completely duped and wish we had never given this shop any of our hard-earned money. From the signage in the store, it does seem as though everything is organic and grass-fed and although we, like Bill, do not believe that something necessarily has to be organic to be okay, we do not want to be explicitly lied to by staff members who do not know what they are selling.

I understand that this is a growing business, but I believe that if Bill and the company were as focused upon sustainability and transparency as they claim they are, these are kinks that should have been worked out before such rapid expansion. Accountability and transparency are absolutely key in the local and sustainable foods movement and I don't think it is wrong to want to know where our food comes from.
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May 24, 2010 AthenaKTM commented on Mystery Meat.
I attempted to write a Yelp review of Bill's in Redmond to sum up our feelings on this development and to warn other people. It posted on May 19 and since that time, it has been removed. I find this highly suspect and one more (bad) example of what a poor business model this place has!