Passion Leads to a New Business: The Sausage Shack

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From selling homemade sausage out of his garage to recently opening The Sausage Shack in Fulton, owner Shawn Mahoney said business is getting “bigger and bigger.”

Mahoney began selling his homemade sausage on the Internet after friends raved about his product. He started taking online orders, and would have the meats prepared by Thursday for pick-up.

It started out just for friends and then I started selling it, and it got bigger and bigger. I realized I was on to something when people I didn’t know started to show up at 8 o’clock at night at my garage to buy sausage off the Internet,” Mahoney said.

He and wife Sherry recently made the leap to open The Sausage Shack at 724A West Broadway St., where he continues to take online orders, as well as catering to walk-ins. Recently Mahoney quit his job at Price Chopper in Oswego to devote his full time to his new venture. His store is open six days a week now.

I’ve always just been the employee, now I’m the boss. It’s nice,” said Mahoney.

The couple spent upward of $20,000 in renting the space and purchasing all of the equipment to get it up and going. Business is “amazing” so far, according to Mahoney. With the opening of the store, the amount of walk-ins has surpassed the number of online orders. People come in with curiosity and leave with multiple orders of sausage. Mahoney said the customers who come in for the first time usually come back.

Originality is what keeps them coming back for more, Mahoney said. With flavors on the menu such as Philly Cheese, Chicken Wing, Loaded Mahoney and the Mr. Ziel, he is doing things no one else in Fulton does. Another plus: Mahoney sells his product at fair prices.

When you come in here you’re going to get a fair market value, and a product that is awesome and fresh,” he said. “Everything is fresh. There’s no frozen junk, it’s all natural and you can taste the freshness.”

Mahoney has a passion for making sausage, and said owning his own business is a dream come true. He is looking forward to working and putting his all into this company. His goal, he said, is to bring back the lost art of butchery to a city that has nothing like this.

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