After months of planning, ordering and health inspections Rachel Shenk’s cheese shop, The Wedge, will officially be open Tuesday, June 23.
Shenk, owner of Rachel’s Bread in the Goshen Farmers Market building, 212 W. Washington St., is bringing a variety of European cheeses to the Maple City.
After getting her deli case for the cheese and a final review from the health department last week, Shenk is ready to serve and help create and educative experience while showing the types of cheese she’s offering.
“My role is to kind of educate people somewhat about cheese, and at the same time I’m educating myself,” Shenk said. “I’m getting an idea of what kinds of cheeses are selling most.”
In her deli case Monday, the day before the opening, Shenk had about 35 different types of cheese. Shenk had already started selling cheese from her bakery while she waited for the deli case, and she was getting good feedback from her customers.
On Saturday, Shenk had a soft opening for her cheese shop as a way to test the waters, which went smoothly. And for not having announced that they were open the shop had a good crowd, Shenk said.
“We basically started selling cheese not having any idea of how we were going to do it or how everything was going to work out.”
The booth where Shenk’s opening her shop, on the south side of the farmers market, was one of the first locations she had when she started her business, between 2000 and 2002, so it’s coming full circle now, she said.
The big difference between the cheese at The Wedge and the cheese from a supermarket, is that Rachel’s cheese shop will offer freshly-wrapped cheese, and that anyone can buy as much or as little cheese as they want.
“When I’m cutting cheese I’m excited about it, so I hope I’m transmitting that to customers,” Shenk said.
Customers will be able to visit the shop through the farmers market when it’s open (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays year-round, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays May through Oct.) or through Rachel’s Bread any other day — just ask for access to the cheese shop.