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Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet Inc, DeForest

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In 1969, Ralph and Lucille (nicknamed Sis) Ehlenbach purchased Fenlon's House of Cheese in DeForest, Wisconsin. They ran the small cheese and gift store under that name until 1972, at which time they changed the name to Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet.

In 1972, Jim Ehlenbach began working with is parents at the store and eventually became store manager. In 1986, Ralph Ehlenbach passed away. Jim then took over ownership of the store and carried on the family business.

In 1987, Jim expanded the west side of the building. This was the first of many improvements to come Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet.

Jim's son Brian, started working at the store in 1992. Over the years, Jim trained Brian in the hopes that someday he might want to take over the family business.

In 2001, Brian married his high school sweetheart and co-worker Karie Kopplin. In January of 2002, Brian and Karie took over operation of the family business.

Although Brian and Karie have modernized many aspects of the store, the original theme of Ehlenbach's remains the same. They still hand-cut cheese the same way that Ralph and Lucille did over 40 years ago. While actively seeking the best cheeses that Wisconsin has to offer, they still deal with many vendors that the family has used since 1972. Brian still carries on his dads method of aging cheddar and Swiss to perfection.

Ehlenbach's pride and joy, Sissy the Cow, stands just in front of the store. She was named after Lucille Ehlenbach, whose nickname was Sissy. She has watched on as three generations of Ehlenbachs have carried on the legacy.
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  • We spent the night in DeForest on our way home from the Wisconsin Dells. This place offers everthing from cheese to meat to jam to wine to souvenirs to "you name it". We always stop in when we are in ...  more »
  • Not impressed. No tastings, much of there cheese looks like items that could be bought at your local grocery store and would rather frequent the cheese shop on the other side of town. They have tastin...  more »
  • But, even if I didn't live so close, it is an easy on/off the interstate. Fabulous selection on cheeses and also souviniers. If you passing by stop in and at the very least take a picture with the big...  more »
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  • My favorite place for cheese. Ask for samples. I can't get out of there without buying at least 4-5 types of cheese. Also great cheese spread and sausage. And they have a small selection of wine, just in case you don't have any handy to enjoy with your cheese.
  • Absolutely Blown Away by the customer service. Selection is good, and the store is spotless inside and out. Easy access from the highway. A must-stop if you're traveling through! Thanks for the great experience guys!
  • Not a very good cheese store. The default position ought be "would you like to sample" rather than the 'what would you like.' There is a sign saying they do not cut cheese. I would suggest the owners and key staff visit some other top notch cheese stores to see what is the current standard. For example - Eataly, Toronto's Cheese Boutique and others.
  • Large selection of cheeses. Disappointed that I was unable to buy fresh "squeeky" cheese curds. The girl behind the counter explained that the cheese was made elsewhere and needed to refrigerated, but if I let the cheese come to room temperature, it would squeek when I bit into it. It did! 😁
  • Clean, filled with cheese and has a giant cow outside. They are very friendly inside and offer a variety of other edible items and knick knacks as well. Decent prices and quality products.