TJ's Market serving up breakfast, lunch and more
By Brian Sweeney
TJ’s Market owners Tom Phillips and Cheryl Myers continue to grow their Route 28, Arkville business.
The couple purchased the former “Market Basket” building last May. They spent about a month-and-a-half sprucing up the premises from top to bottom and reconfiguring the floor plan to accommodate their new enterprise.
Once they got the place in order, the first priority for the owners was selling fresh fruits and vegetables. As the produce segment of the business blossomed, Tom and Cheryl were working to get their restaurant set up. By July, they started offering breakfast and lunch. The eatery has 30 seats and also offers meals for take-out.
“We do most of our own baking (including signature pies and cupcakes) and make our soups, salads, quiche, chili and other items,” Cheryl proudly stated.
The market has a full-service deli and features meat products by Schaller and Weber. During the summer, TJ’s featured USDA-inspected grass-fed burgers from livestock that Tom and Cheryl raised on their property near Fleischmanns. The also sell local milk from Crystal Valley Farms, fresh mozzarella, honey and assorted products from the region. Soft-serve ice cream will also be an option for patrons.
The owners welcome special orders of items like hams and party platters. The staff is also happy to fill custom requests for pies and the other mouthwatering baked goods for which TJ’s has rapidly gained a strong reputation.
Cheryl, who has worked for a long time at Belleayre Mountain, said she nearly opened a restaurant in Fleischmanns a number of years ago, but things didn’t fall into place. This time, she knew the timing was right.
Right next door
She and Tom already operate two businesses — Pepacton Bait and Tackle and Cheryl’s Second Hand Goods — in an adjacent building. When the Market Basket went on sale for a very reasonable price, they felt the time was perfect to venture into the restaurant/farm market business. Tom’s primary job is contracting, so he was able to perform the renovations to transform the 2,200-square-foot building into a welcoming dining and retail space.
The owners are steadily adding items and making changes in response to customer requests. Christmas trees will be added to the market soon and next year, they plan to grow more of the produce they sell.
On the restaurant side, Cheryl said they have begun the process of applying for a beer and wine license. They have also started offering catering services for private parties.
Cheryl said the public’s response to TJ’s Market (named for the couple’s teenaged son) has been very positive and they have already developed a regular clientele. Three or four part-time employees assist with the operation.
“We’re slowly building up the business,” Cheryl noted.
TJ’s Market is located at 43021 State Route 28, Arkville. The business is open seven days a week from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, please call 845 586-6260.