Hingetown - The Van Roy Building

The Beginnings of the Location Search

Searching for a location for a new retail business is no different then searching for the perfect apartment or house. Every spot will always be compared to the first location you looked at, regardless of anything else. As you continue to search, positives and negatives are noticed at each and every location. You start to […]

The City Of Cleveland

Finding the Perfect Shop Location

Whenever you hear anyone talk about real estate, especially retail real estate, the first three words out of their mouths usually are, “location, location, location.” With that in mind, I have begun searching for the perfect location for my cheese shop, A Cheese Shop To Be Named Later*. Over the years, I have visited the […]

A Cheese Shop TBNL

GrilledShane, Grilled Cheese & Cheese Shop

It has been almost 3 months since I made a new grilled cheese. November 4. 2014. Almost 3 months. That is a long time to go without making a new sandwich, especially with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah providing so much inspiration. My attention, clearly, was and is elsewhere. If you haven’t heard, or read, I recently […]

GrilledShane: Phase 2

GrilledShane: Phase 2, A Major Announcement

Approximately 3 years ago, I was lucky enough to receive an email asking if I would like to author a grilled cheese cookbook. I didn’t know it then, but at that exact moment, when I was checking my email, my life changed. My life forever changed. That particular email set into motion everything that has […]

Cheese Shop Survey Results

Cheese Shop Survey Results

Over the Summer, I sent out requests for cheese shop owners to complete my “Cheese Shop Survey.” I was, and still am, curious how a successful cheese shop operates. Once I delved deeper into the grilled cheese world, I realized how interested and intrigued I am by all things cheese. Especially now with an ever […]



I am a Clevelander. I was born in Cleveland. I live in Cleveland. I will have a family in Cleveland. I will die in Cleveland. I am a Clevelander. When everyone was leaving Cleveland as quickly as possible, I remained. When everyone was making fun of Cleveland, I remained. When everyone was counting Cleveland out, […]

American Cheese Month & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

American Cheese Month Grilled Cheeses

If you hadn’t heard by now, October was American Cheese Month. Unfortunately, I was a little late to the party, my life was all over the place, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t celebrate. And celebrate I did. Thanks to Whole Foods, I was able to choose from their featured American cheeses (and the ingredients) […]

Sweet Dumpling Squash Grilled Cheese

Sweet Dumpling Squash Grilled Cheese

There is no doubt in my mind that Cabot knows how to promote their cheeses. Not only do they send new, free cheese on a regular basis, which is awesome in of itself, they also send little extras that make their package even more amazing. Recently, Cabot sent a package highlighting their new Farmers’ Legacy […]

Lou Bergier Pichin & Rustico Red Pepper Cheeses

Lou Bergier Pichin & Rustico Red Pepper Cheeses

Longer ago than I would like to admit, I was at my local Whole Foods shopping, when I stumbled upon the Tepin Chile. I love chiles and heat, as much as my body can take, but I had never heard of a Tepin Chile. Normally, the story would end there but then I discovered the […]

Everything Bagel Grilled Cheese

Everything Bagel Grilled Cheese

I must start this post with sincerest apologies to Cabot. I don’t even know when at this point, but Cabot sent me a pack of cheese, including their Everything Bagel Cheddar. Ever since, I had wanted to make an Everything Bagel Grilled Cheese. I was intrigued. I was seriously intrigued. Then, time got away from […]