Cuba Cheese Shoppe

Cuba Cheese Shoppe
By Sharon Turano

 

   A hometown touch remains at an area company that has expanded through the years.

“Cuba Cheese has been around since the late 1800s and has made quite a name for itself,” reports Sarah Bradley. She should know.

   Ms. Bradley said her father, Jeff, bought the company in 1991 and has since created a trucking business so the cheese can be delivered to 140 stores in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

   That means those living in other areas can experience the unique taste New York State cows produce, Ms. Bradley said.

   According to the company’s website, Cuba was considered the cheese center of the world in the 1800’s when numerous cheese factories dotted the Cuba area. The cheese price was established at a weekly meeting there and accepted by the world as the price for cheese.

   The reason – a unique flavor attributable to soil and water near the Great Lakes grazed on by the cows that produce milk used in the cheese.

   In 1871, the website reports, a three-story building was constructed that is still used as the Cuba Cheese shop.

   The name and owners of that building may have changed, but promotion of New York cheeses that originated in Cuba continues.

   “We pride our business in selling New York cheddar cheese made from our New York State cows,” said Ms. Bradley.  

   There may be a new website, items such as retail wares, gourmet items and more sold at the shop, but promoting the local cheese remains important.

   The shop houses more than 325 cheeses, including 100 from 15 other countries around the world. Gourmet pastas, mustards, olive oils and more can also be purchased as can Old York cold pack cheese spread that was once made in the basement of the old building in the mid 1900’s.

   “We have incredible and tasty products that are sold locally and all across the United States,” she said.

   Fresh cheese curd is delivered to the store two times a week and distributed, and locally-made salt-rising bread is shipped to customers, along with being offered at the shop.

   Gift baskets can also be made.

   “We encourage people to stop in to see all of our unique items and cheeses,” said Ms. Bradley, who said samples are offered daily to those stopping into the shop.

    “The second generation is now working for the business and we continue to grow every day.  Stop in or visit us online…I promise you won’t be disappointed,” she said.

Ms. Bradley said her father, Jeff, bought the company in 1991 and has since created a trucking business so the cheese can be delivered to 140 stores in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania.