A top-notch selection of local and imported cheeses is just one of the draws to North Falmouth Cheese Shop, which opened on Route 28A last summer. “We’re trying to provide products that people would have to go downtown or to Mashpee to get,” says owner Jennifer Dwyer, who runs the shop with her sister, Christine McCormic. The shelves hold a range of gourmet products like olive oil, chocolate, imported Italian sausage and freshly baked bread from the local French bakery, Maison Villatte (yes, even when it’s closed for the season!). But let’s be honest: The cheese itself is the main attraction. Top sellers include the extra-sharp Honey Bee® Goat Gouda and the buttery, brie-style Fromager d’Affinois Double Cream. Lactose-free and vegan cheeses are available.
Dwyer, who previously worked in restaurants and retail wine shops, is happy to recommend wine pairings for specific cheeses that customers can find at the nearby North Falmouth Liquors. For those new to the gourmet cheese world, she enjoys educating them on different varieties—although sometimes, it’s best just to try it. Samples are available any time, and the store also holds tasting events on Saturday afternoons. Think you’ll forget your favorite? Not to worry—they keep a card with your name and past purchases on file! —Lannan M. O’Brien
North Falmouth Cheese Shop
402 North Falmouth Highway/Route 28A, North Falmouth