Right now, there is no place in the area that a cheese lover can get high quality cheese cheese cut to order by the sort of professional cheesemongers that populate the streets of Europe, New York and other larger American cities. We will bring a level of quality and personal service that customers have come to expect at their local wine shop and expand that to the world of cheese and charcuterie. We also hope to pave the way for more retail shopping in an area where recent growth has primarily centered on restaurants.
What We Need & What You Get
Other Ways You Can Help
Most people aren't deep pocket investors so the power of crowd sourced funding is in numbers and the best way to insure our success is to get as many people as possible in on the action.
So share this on your blog, tell your Facebook friends, tweet about us, make cold calls, send chain letters - do whatever you can to help us raise the money we need to open our store!
Lastly, you can help by contributing manual labor. This is primarily for the locals (but if you want to travel to help out we won't turn you down!). We will begin working on the space to get it ready to open as soon as we sign our lease (hopefully February 1, 2011). We will need help painting and building displays. We have very limited carpentry skills so any help in that area is especially needed. The plan is to build our counter, shelving, tables and any other display surfaces out of reclaimed wood, so we also need help sanding, refinishing and otherwise preparing the wood for use in the store.
The reclaimed wood will come from the Moes Cider Mill in Vermilion, OH (Northeast Ohio, near Cleveland), and we need volunteers to help here too. As some of you may know, Patrick's family owns Moes Cider Mill. I grew up on the farm next to it and the business is very much a part of my family's history. The cider mill ceased operation about 15 years ago and has been sitting vacant since. There is a possibility it will be torn down in the near future and I want to keep this bit of history alive, so I have decided to incorporate as much of it into my store as possible. I will need help in removing any usable wood from the structure, including a barn door with a painting of Johnny Appleseed.
In addition to volunteers we also need any tools you can bring. We have a few basic hand tools, but will need a lot more to do this work, and we'd rather spend the money we have on things for the store instead of tools.