Cheese center dream nears great reality

SEPTEMBER LOOKS TO BE a cheesy great time for Plymouth. The highly-anticipated Plymouth Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center is expected to open its doors to the public sometime after Labor Day.

That was the report earlier this month to the Redevelopment Authority, which has taken the lead in spearheading the creation of the downtown attraction from a vacant historic downtown building at 133 E. Mill St.

That means the latest great thing to do in downtown Plymouth should be unveiled shortly after we’ve finished with another great thing in Plymouth, the 2017 Sheboygan County Fair.

After months of hard work restoring the historic building, including two modern apartments on the upper floor, the center is close to becoming reality.

The center itself, on the first floor of the building, will celebrate the heritage of the Cheese Capital of the World.

Several interactive displays will help educate visitors about the cheese industry and its huge role in the growth and development of the city of Plymouth. Young and old will have fun interacting with the computerized displays while learning about such important parts of the city’s history as the Cheese Exchange, Cheeseville, the making of cheese, the cheese companies that make up the foundation of the current economy of the city and area, and more.

They will be able to shop for cheese-related items of all kinds, clothing and more to commemorate the Cheese Capital of the World.

The lunch counter will offer tasty cheese-themed fare like grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese, wholesome milk and, of course, great ice cream treats.

While the final touches are being put in place in the center, staffing has begun and inventory is being put in place.

Sue Barth was introduced to the RDA as the manager of the cheese center at their last meeting. She presented a solid plan for staffing, including the all-important cheese ambassadors who will staff the center.

Former downtown manager Randy

Schwoerer, who has done yeoman-like work pulling things together for the center, said the staff will be true ambassadors for the cheese industry. “The key thing is we want them to be welcoming, to make visitors feel like a guest in our house.”

That’s a fitting description, as in many ways Plymouth is the house that cheese built. The center will be a fitting celebration of that heritage and history.

The new center will join several other welcoming places for visitors to the city and, more importantly, downtown.

If a taste of our cheese history whets their appetite for more history, visitors can wander down Mill Street a block or two and explore more of the city’s history at the Plymouth Historical Society Museum. Then, they can venture on another block or so and sample the art, music and cultural side of the city at the Plymouth Arts Center.

And of course, there are plenty of unique and attractive stores and shops all along Mill Street, not to mention restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and more to explore, plus picturesque parks, the scenic Mullet River and a schedule of downtown events throughout the year.

All of it will make downtown Plymouth even more of a draw for tourists and visitors who come to Sheboygan County for recreation, pleasure, fun and more.

And that ain’t cheesy at all.

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