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In 1973, a young couple, John & Nancy McCormick, tired of the corporate life, decided to start a business that was fun & enjoyable. Something that would fill all their senses, and something they could share with everyone. They even got two of Nancy's brothers, Michael & Neil, to join in the fun...and thus was the start of The Cheese Shop, a gourmand's Mecca for world class cheeses, gourmet foods and wines!!

Their first store opened in 1973 at the old Valley Fair Shopping Center in San Jose, California. They opened their present location, in the Carmel Plaza, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Memorial weekend in 1975, selling their San Jose location in 1979 to concentrate their efforts here. They added enough room to create a warm, cozy family environment that locals as well as tourists from around the world can revel in and enjoy!

They were lucky to join The Cheese Shop family in 1986, upon their return from travels in Europe, and prior to their scheduled return home to Honolulu, Hawai'i. Thirteen years later, they incorporated the business on their same Memorial anniversary, and today can proudly say that they have clients in all 50 states, and 20 countries.