locavoreCLE

Announcing locavoreCLE

Over the past few weeks and months, I have been working diligently on selecting a shop name and designing a logo. There have been multiple names and many, many logos. That is the design process. That is the life of a designer/creative individual. Yes, I really wanted to keep the name “A Cheese Shop To […]

Entrepreneurship.

A Concept Evolves

When I originally decided to open a cheese shop, I believed I had it all figured out. I would feature Ohio cheeses while also stocking other domestic and international cheeses. I would also carry other products, a supporting cast so to speak. My focus, regardless of anything else though, would be local cheese. Oh how […]

Founding Partners

Founding Partners

When the idea of opening a cheese shop originally popped into my head, I honestly had no idea what my first step should be. What I should research first — Location? Financials? I had no idea. I knew I wanted to feature Ohio cheeses but nothing beyond that. Then, I had an epiphany. I realized […]

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 […]

Cleveland.

cleveland.

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) […]