The Twin Cities cheese world was abuzz yesterday with the depressing news that yet another one of our brethren has succumbed to the wiles of the economy. This is very, very upsetting. First E's Cheese, now Premier Cheese.
Premier Cheese is just 6 blocks away from our France 44 mothership. Ken Liss is a passionate advocate for cheese and I've had several conversations with him about the product we share in common. There is no doubt that Ken believes strongly about selling every one of his customers the right piece of cheese for them.
No one likes to see any small business fail. Of course this resonates more so with me because we run the same kind of shop.
I still maintain that I want to see more cut to order cheese shops in this town. I know of a couple of new cheese shops in the works (remains to be seen if they will be cut to order) and I hope that they will fill the huge void left by the closing of Premier and E's.
In the meantime we will continue to do our best to educate our customers about the value of specialty shopping and provide them with great product and superb customer service.
PS: Heavy Table was the first to report the closing of Premier. A few readers posted comments and one of them alluded to the fact that cheese is an "upmarket" item. This is fodder for another post and I plan to make the argument that cheese is not in fact an upmarket item. That's right, I will posit that something I sell for as much as $38 a pound is not upmarket. So stay tuned.