Owners Will and Mary Sissle opened The Cheese Shop opened September 28, 2018 and have quickly developed a loyal customer base working out of their container sized space in The Black Box incubator. The expanded store will be located in the front 950 square feet of 107 Washington Ave. They hope to open in September and until that time will continue to run their business out of its current location.
The new store will sell the same range of goods with a slightly larger selection. They’ll also begin offering evening classes and have some space for seating and producer demonstrations.
The Sissles met when the pair worked at Cowgirl Creamery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to moving to Portland they were on the staff at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge where Will was the international cheese buyer and Mary worked in the shop and handled their media relations. Mary Sissle is a originally from Maine having grown up in Cape Elizabeth. Will Sissle is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional.