The cultured crew
The fabulous folks behind the cheese
What would I do without my crew?!
What I originally envisioned (somewhat naively) as a one-woman show, quickly grew into a, “I can’t do this alone!”
And I wouldn’t want to do this alone. There is so much joy (and yes, cheesy humour) in working with my dedicated team at the shop. We work hard, we laugh a lot and we strive to offer the best inclusive experience we can to our customers and our community. Because where would we be without the support of our community?
From opening day, he was a part of our team. A regular customer who rarely missed a Saturday cheese shopping experience, and if he did it was so out of character that I was actually worried!
Nine months into this gig he joined our team behind the cheese counter, already armed with so much knowledge from his consistent shopping experiences. Dave has been growing with us and our business for over seven years. We are super lucky to have him! Though the cheese puns Dave…
Inquisitive and curious, focussed and fun, honest and hardworking. Kinda fits the crew criteria, right?!
With a kick-butt cover letter full of passion, intent and genuine interest, I nearly hired her right off the paper, before we even met!
Such a great fit for our shop, our team and our community.
Ale has been with us well over 2 years now and we are deeply grateful to her for her commitment and dedication to Team Cheese!
Bright, kind, inquisitive and with a spring in her step like the season is fresh! Meet Emma!
It’s an intimate working space we share, and we always look for a certain flair; honesty, kindness, curiosity, a love of cheese and to laugh with ease. Emma brings all this and more to the cheese floor!
We have been very fortunate to find great people over our 7.5 years, to share our love of fine food with our love for this fine community.
Emma, we are absolutely delighted to have you as part of The Crew!!
Meet our newest crew member. Welcome Andrew!
Full of spunk, funky socks (seriously, take a look when you’re next in) and adventure, this well-travelled New Zealander is so much more than just a really great accent!
Having ridden his bike from Vancouver, via the Stewart Cassiar, North Campbell and South Canol highways, all to accept a promised dinner with visiting family, he has decided to overwinter in Whitehorse. Lucky us!
And don’t be surprised if you see his springy mop of curls and bright smile about town at a hot dinner spot or a regular coffee stop, he’s helping a few of us small businesses out with our staffing gaps.
Erica is back (and forth)!!
Erica remains our on-call support if we're ever in a pinch. Erica, thank you for this!!!
A family BUSINESS
It all begins with family, the foundation of Cultured Fine Cheese.
After our son was born and I returned to work, I was looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity to support more balance in my life. Ha! I was obviously totally oblivious to the massive commitment required of self-employment! But we went into this as family, and for family, and we continue with the same principles.
On a cold November evening in 2014, the idea of a cheese shop was born. By March 2015 we had signed a lease and I had given notice at my government job. Yup, terrifying to say the least! And on June 23, 2015, the rubber hit the road!
There I am in the forefront, the storefront, but always, there is my team behind the scenes, my boys, my cheering squad, my rocks, my reason to work hard at this dream.
Steph, my perfect pairing.
Arlo, going above and beyond!
It's not always glamorous, growing up in a family business. Sometimes it means a late night napping on the shop floor, while mommy and papa pull a late night prepping fondue.
It takes a COMMUNITY...
So, as you can see, it takes many layers, a carefully interwoven tapestry of lives, to create, maintain and sustain a business. Sure, we had a vision, but it takes a community to bring it to fruition. Thank you Yukon!!