BAYSWATER’S only cheese shop is closing after more than four years of providing cheese lovers with a selection of international and local products.
The Little Cheese Shop announced its closure at its collaborative event night with Rocky Ridge Brewing, Rock Paper Cheeses No 2 on June 13.
Owner Geoff Hodder has worked with local dairy farmers, cheese producers and distributors to source the best cheeses from the world.
They have also held numerous cheese tasting events, meet the maker events, master classes, private events and collaborations with breweries and wineries.
Their last trading day will be on June 24.
Geoff said he felt it was time to grow and find another path.
“Over the last few months its apparent that the journey has come to an end,” he said.
“The Baysie area has been great to me and the wonderful local and loyal customers have embraced what we wanted to offer.
“But (I am) ready for more positive direction with scope to offer my expertise in an industry and food culture I’m passionate about.
“Having my own business has been very rewarding and humbling, but also more sacrificing than what was anticipated.
“It was a very hard decision to make.”
Geoff said some of the highlights include working with “amazing staff” who absorbed the vision and passion of a small business, winning the CEBA best new business award in 2016 and help establishing WA Cheese Week.
“I have reflected over almost five years on what we had created and looking through dozens and dozens of pictures, even from our opening day where we were greeted with such enthusiasm and all the great times over our journey,” he said.
Geoff said the fridge would be filled with the best cheese selection he could get his hands on during the last days.
He thanked the local community, Bayswater councillors, community groups Future Bayswater, Baysie Rollers and Baysie Collective and his family and friends for supporting him through the journey.
As for his next step, he said he would still be in the “cheesy game” and was excited to develop and profile an “amazing” cheese selection with another local retailer.