Cheesemongers in love open Breckenridge shop
Residents and visitors in Breckenridge will soon have a new high-end cheese shop to enhance their culinary creations.
The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, scheduled to open in early November, is the brainchild of Courtney and Brooks Leedahl.
“What we are trying to do is create gourmet memories in the mountains,” Courtney said.
“We have 12 years of cheese experience between us,” Brooks said.
About two years ago, the couple began developing a workplace romance.
“We met through our love for the mountains and fine food,” she said. “We were both in retail as retail cheesemongers.”
On a cold November night in Breckenridge, she said Brooks proposed marriage. The next day, the couple walked around Main Street and saw a potential niche for a gourmet cheese shop.
Within the same week, a lease was signed, and she said they spent the next nine months forming a business plan.
On August 30, marriage vows were exchanged, and, since then, the Leedahls have been spending most of their time preparing to open their new business.
The couple plans on offering a wide variety of options, from alpine cheeses, like Gruyere or Comte, to soft-ripened selections.
“There will be an emphasis on American artisan producers,” Brooks said.
Patrons can also purchase European-style sandwiches, cured meats and high-end pantry goods.
The store will dish out personal service to locals as well as tourists, Courtney said.
“It’s not only for ski season,” she said. “It’s small business helping small business.”
The store will create custom platters for events ranging from community gatherings to open houses and even corporate events.
“We think cheese is always appropriate to bring to whatever gathering you’re going to,” she said.
Although the couple romanticizes they will always operate the 550-square-foot shop, she said they have considered opening a wine and beer store in the future. They also hope to hold wine and cheese pairings at their soon-to-be-opened store.
“Who knows, we may be able to fulfill other mountain towns need for a gourmet fix,” she said.
*This story has been corrected. The original story said that the Leedahls didn’t see any cheese shops on Main Street in Breckenridge when they were initially doing market research. Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate and Ridge Street Wine, which are under the same ownership, have been marketing cheese in downtown Breckenridge for more than a decade.
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