This past weekend I had a chance to visit Seattle's newest cheese shop, Calf & Kid. It's located in the shiny new Melrose Market space on Capitol Hill, around the corner from Bauhaus Coffee on Pine St. Sheri LaVigne, proprietress and self described 'cheese vixen' has been open for business for just three weeks. While the road to opening a shop was not without its challenges (chronicled on her blog here), the realization of all of that hard work has been sweet. (See my prior interview with Sheri here). She's got a great selection of international and domestic cheeses that are certain to please a wide range of palates from cheese novices to experts - and the customers are already streaming in. Her collection also includes a depth chart of Northwest locals like Black Sheep Creamery, Tumalo Farms, Golden Glen Creamery and an especially impressive range of cheeses from tiny Gothberg Farms in Bow, WA. In addition to cheese, she's carrying marcona almonds, mustards, chocolates, bread from Macrina Bakery and other associated, equally tempting goodies.
Melrose Market is still in the construction phase, but look for more shops opening in the next few months. This space is exciting for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it's an open market space where shoppers can browse and mingle amongst all of the vendor offerings (think a smaller scale Ferry Plaza in San Francisco). In addition to Calf & Kid, there's a few other shops already open, including Rain Shadow Meats and Marigold & Mint (a flower shop that's associated with an organic farm outside Seattle). Others coming soon: a wine bar, a sandwich spot and the newest incarnation of Sitka & Spruce, Matt Dillon's iconic restaurant, which will evolve here into a much bigger and splashier space than its previous spot on Eastlake.
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Calf & Kid 1531 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Tues - Sat 11am-7pm Sunday 12-6