Portland Cheese Shop Curds & Whey Closes

Portland's Curds & Whey, a mainstay in Southeast Portland's Sellwood neighborhood for three years, has closed. According to their website, the economy was a big factor. I'm sorry to see them go....Curds & Whey was the first installment of the 'cheese shop renaissance' in Portland that saw Foster & Dobbs and Steve's Cheese spring up around the same time.

I'm wondering how changing economic times will affect other small entrepreneurs who have been instrumental in bringing us local and artisanal products. Some say that a down economy doesn't affect this sort of thing but time will tell...