Desperately missing Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge MA (one of the, if not the, best cheese shops in the US) since moving to PA, I was excited to catch a glimpse of The Grand Fromage in Skippack out of the corner of my eye while driving to work the other day. Stopped in tonight and found a wonderful little cheese shop run by a friendly and knowledgeable owner (and his beautiful daughter?).
Apparently, they have been open about 1 year in what used to be a run-down garage, but has now been remodeled into a gorgeous little shop overlooking the creek. They carry 80-90 domestic and imported cheeses, with an interesting selection that includes the big names, as well as harder to find Irish, Basque, Portuguese etc cheeses. Also a selection of breads from Bakers on Broad, some limited Charcuterie (this is an area I think they could strengthen) and a modest but interesting selection of condiments, coffees, etc. You are encouraged to try before you buy.
I had two old favorites: Cashel Blue (Ireland) and Shropshire Blue (UK).
I would encourage everyone to check out this wonderful addition to Skippack and support one of our local small businesses.
The Grand Fromage
3910 Skippack Pike (center of Skippack across the street from the Back Porch Cafe, on corner of Collegeville Rd, with plenty of parking)
Skippack, PA 19464
http://www.thegrandfromage.com/ (also on Facebook, which the owner says he is better at keeping up to date)