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Cheese Shop offers a slice of life

The Cheese SHop in Carmel is celebrating 40 YEARS in business. Congrats!!!

Photo: Maria Gaura/SF Gate

Photo: Maria Gaura/SF Gate

When the Cheese Shop opened in Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1975, most deliveries came from Europe by way of an 18-wheeler from the East Coast. And when those big rigs roared into the quaint downtown, the local constabulary had conniptions.

“These big trucks would show up every two to four weeks, and the Carmel P.D. would just go nuts – you can’t park there, you can’t stop there, what do you think you’re doing?” says Cheese Shop owner Kent Torrey, who started as an employee in 1986. “And I’d be out there, negotiating with the cops and looking over my shoulder saying, ‘Just get this thing unloaded as fast as you can.’ “

The cheese business has been transformed since those early days, when the Cheese Shop was an outpost of fine cuisine and its wares were mostly European. Today, this culinary landmark offers more than 200 artisanal cheeses from around the globe, delivered four times per week in small, cobblestone-friendly delivery vans.

via Cheese Shop offers a slice of life – SFGate.

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