Cincinnati’s gets cheesy

April 8, 2018 by  

Two cheese shops have opened recently in Cincinnati, and a third is on the way.

Mark Dreibelbis and Michael Heerkens plan to open a deli called Morsel & Nosh on Hamilton Avenue. The duo is taking over an existing storefront, which they have revitalized by painting the walls a cheerful butter yellow, and restoring the details to the turn-of-the-century ceiling. The team plans to sell charcuterie, high-quality cheese, and Mediterranean favorites like caprese salads, hummus, tabbouleh, and pâté.

The two have already begun a catering operation serving local businesses. Urban Artifact, a brewery on the Northside, already stocks their beer cheese—which is made with Urban Artifact’s brews—along with their hummus. They plan to offer classes at the deli, including classes on how to pair cheese with wine, bourbon, and beer, and how to create a cheese board. Eventually, they hope to run a class on how to make cheese.

Dreibelbis says the deli will have something for everyone, including vegetarians and strict vegans. Among the products is a mushroom pâté suitable for vegetarians, and a pâté Heerkens makes from walnuts and black lentils.

Dreibelbis and Heerkens hope to open Morsel & Nosh on or before June 21.

Businesses like this can prosper if owners distribute promotional products to their first customers. The products are a way to say thank you, as well as helping to increase awareness of the store.