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Old Brooklyn Cheese Co.— "A brick-and-mortar where people can loiter and learn."
Old Brooklyn Cheese Company LLC will establish a retail store specializing in artisanal local and regional cheeses to be located at 4138 Pearl Road, Cleveland, OH 44109 in the Old Brooklyn Neighborhood. Michael Januska is the sole owner and creator.
The company joins the growing Cleveland maker-movement
with a commitment to producing and selling quality artisan cheese. Initial offerings will include hand-crafted, 60-day aged Gouda and English Cheddar aged on-site for 12-months while wrapped and flavored with cheesecloth dipped in bacon tallow to give it a smokey taste.
These gourmet cheeses will be aged in a cheese cave built on site and offered for both retail and wholesale sales. In total, Old Brooklyn Cheese Co. ("OBCC") will sell approximately 100 varieties of local and international cheeses.
In addition to making his own cheese, Januska is marketing the use of his cheese caves to other local Ohio cheesemakers as a secondary source of revenue. Partnering with other cheesemakers will allow his company to offer a curated menu in the tasting room while aging cheese on site allows OBCC to offer the product at its peak, guaranteeing the best flavor and quality. Moreover, Januska will use non-GMO, grass-fed raw milk supplied by Hartzler Family Dairy in Wooster in the production of his cheeses. Other products including crackers, nuts, local honey, jams, olives, etc. will be offered as part of the tasting room menu and retail experience.
With 21 years working in the food industry – 16 of which were spent in London, UK – and a degree from the Southeastern Culinary Institute of Orlando, Florida, Januska has the know-how to succeed with this new project. He plans to open his 1,200 square foot new cheese shop in late October.
The Department of Economic Development assisted this start-up small business with a Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program
Loan and will create at least one full-time permanent job in the City of Cleveland. Januska has also funded his project with more than $8K in funding from 70 different supporters using contributions collected through Kickstarter