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Cheese, please! Six Forks Cheese offers gourmet, local fromage

The Triangle's growing foodie culture welcomed its first cheese shop nearly two weeks ago.

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Six Forks Cheese in Lafayette Village
Kathy Hanrahan
RALEIGH, N.C. — For Six Forks Cheese owner Jacey Sumner, cheese is a way of life. She grew up in Wisconsin - famously known for its cheese. 
The idea for Six Forks Cheese actually came from Sumner's other business - Slateplate, trivets and cheese boards. Sumner and her husband Matt kept hearing from customers that they wanted to purchase the cheese to go on these great boards. 

They opened Six Forks Cheese, as an online only cheese shop, several years ago. A growing business and desires to expand to offer same-day delivery and other options led the couple to seek out a brick-and-mortar location. 

The Sumners were attracted to north Raleigh's Lafayette Village, where speciality shops like The Olive Wagon, Novel Tea, Savory Spice Shop and The Chocolate Boutique have found successful homes. 

At their physical location, Six Forks Cheese offers a variety of cheeses ranging from the traditional gruyere, brie, provolone and aged cheddar to more exotic cheeses like Switzerland's Scharfe Maxx. 

How do they find all of these great cheeses? Well, they work with Cheesemonger Sasha Shreders to track down the best cheese available from around the world and locally from the likes of Goat Lady Dairy and Chapel Hill Creamery. 

"Meet the Maker" cheese events and more are in the works to help give local cheese purveyors the spotlight. 

The shop plans to offer a staple set of cheeses and then rotate in different cheeses for each season. 

In addition to cheese, they sell everything that goes with it - crackers, almonds, meats, popcorn, honey and (in the future) wine! 

Around the holidays, pre-made cheese plates will be available and the staff is always available to help customers put together a cheese tray. 

Store manager Dawda Janneh, a self-professed cheesehead, and apprentice Paul Holmes are on-hand to offer samples of meats and cheeses. They know their stuff! Just tell them what you like and they will be happy to help you find the best cheese. 

Jacey Sumner said the future could hold more locations, including ones in Cary and Durham.

Six Forks Cheese in Lafayette Village is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and on Sunday noon-5 p.m.  


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