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A cheese lover’s delight

The opening of Dedrick’s Cheese on Nov. 10 on Commercial Street in Nevada City won’t come soon enough for people who have visited the business at the Growers’ Market at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Eager customers already are stopping by to peek in the window at the newly painted interior – some of it cheese colored.

“The community has asked for us,” said Mary Dedrick, 43, as she, her husband, Jim, and mother, Mary Hill, recently painted the interior of the 405 Commercial St. building in Nevada City.



Don’t expect to find ordinary Kraft slices here: instead, look for 250 gourmet cheeses, goat cheeses, sheep cheeses and hard-to-find brands. The store also will have artisan breads, pies and cakes.

Gourmet food is one of the fastest growing segments in retail.




In Grass Valley, a gourmet deli called the Back Porch Market opened in June 2006, with selections that include artisan cheeses. The store has been a success, according to Bryan Frost, co-owner of the store.

“It’s great that people are interested in foods with a little more flavor,” said Frost. “I hope everybody does well.”

The Nevada City store is the second cheese shop for Dedrick.

She opened Dedrick’s Main Street Cheese in Placerville five years ago.

“Every job I’ve ever had has been geared around food,” Dedrick said.

The Placerville resident previously worked for a French cookware company and as a personal chef in Hollywood.

Dedrick describes herself as so committed to her job that her memory is different than most people’s.

“I’m not very good with names, but I’ll tell you what you bought the last time you came in,” Dedrick said.

The shop will employ one person, but it could have up to five to six individuals by the time its running at full strength, Dedrick said.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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