I haven't been through Leavenworth, Washington for a long time. Leavenworth is situated in the midst of the Cascades in Central Washington....if you travel over Stevens Pass between Eastern and Western Washington, you'll go right through it. If you've never been you should know that in the 1960s, Leavenworth hinged its fortunes on the premise that making itself over into a quaint Bavarian Village would bring fame and fortune. And it worked - the town is really quite remarkable. There are several ski areas in the vicinity and the town becomes a hub of activity in the winter months, but also holds a variety of festivals throughout the year. I've always been tempted to find the whole thing kitschy, but the sincerity and sheer thoroughness with which Leavenworth accomplished the feat is undeniably impressive. Even the McDonald's and Starbucks are Bavar-ified. So when you find yourself moseying through Leavenworth wondering if you'll have to dredge up your high school German to get by, you're likely to happen upon a cheese shop called, appropriately enough, The Cheesemonger's Shop situated right in the heart of town. (If you're already familiar with the shop, you should know that it's moved from the previous location). This is Leavenworth's own deli-style specialty cheese emporium. Dave and Barb Hambleton carry a nice selection of cheese, both local and international, as well as wine and German and English ales. Naturally, they've got a selection of German products as well including sauerkraut and mustard.
These folks are enthusiastic about cheese. Christy and Sarah were working when I was there the other day (pictured at above right - Christy in front, Sarah behind the counter) and they jumped right in and offered me tastes of cheese and knew their stuff when I asked them about local products. Most impressive - for me anyway - is the fact that The Cheesemonger's Shop carries cheese from local artisans including Alpine Lakes Sheep Cheese and Frost Farm during the season. If you're in town, it's well worth your time to stop by and see what this cheesemonger can do for you.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The Cheesemonger's Shop 819 Front St. Leavenworth, WA 98826 877-888-7389