Mar 26, 2011

Do you like Cheese?

New in Texas Corners, The Cheese Lady has over 65 cut to order cheeses from around the world. I know this is not a restaurant, however my daughter is the cheese lady! All cheeses are available for tasting. For example you could taste all eight bleu cheeses from six countries. The great cheeses of the world are here like Stilton and Brie along with some Michigan and Midwest U.S. cheeses. These tasty morsels are artisanal and farmstead products made in small batches the old world way. She has bloomy rind cheeses, washed rind cheeses, flavored cheeses, goats milk and sheeps milk cheeses and one cheddar that is aged 5 years. She even has limburger! The store is filled with cheese accompaniments such as crackers, olives, spreads, pickles, jams, chutneys, balsamics, olive oils, cured meats and more.

Natalie started selling cheeses at the "Fresh on Q" farmers market and opened across the street. Thanks to the incubation efforts from Fair Food Matters and their Can-Do kitchen as well as the farmers markets in Texas Corners, Vicksburg and Lawrence, along with the mentoring help of The original Cheese Lady in Muskegon, they can all lay claim to a graduate who now has opened a retail shop! This is the only "cut to order" cheese shop within 90 miles. Come see The Cheese Lady of Kalamazoo! Or when in Muskegon visit The Cheese Lady in downtown. Check out the guide for more information.

Mar 7, 2011

Dean's Ice Cream re-opens!

Great news! Dean's Ice Cream in Plainwell has reopened after the total loss arson fire last September. This place was opened as a dairy by Al Dean in 1916. This 95 year old landmark makes their own ice cream and offers 36 flavors including blue moon. They are known for the "monster" which is a 44oz. shake and giant banana splits. This place has great ice cream and is located on the river on the edge of a park with a Veteran's Memorial. Nice setting to get your ice cream and roam around or let the kids play. The building is new, but the location and tradition remain the same. Check out the guide for more details.