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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  • September 30, 2017
    I love cheese. My family jokes that I've never met a cheese I didn't like. Obviously this was a must stop place when visiting WI. There are lots of cheeses to sample, and the variety is incredible. Th...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    This shop was filled with Wisconsin souvenirs, liquors, an assortment of jams and jellies, and refrigerated cases of cheese galore, both gourmet and standard. I bought the 7-yr aged sharp cheddar chee...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    As we were riding along through Wisconsin, we kept saying we wanted to get some cheese before we left Wisconsin. Soon, we found the Cheese Chalet and read the reviews on TA. This place is great! The c...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    Great cheese and meat selection. We stop by every time we drive through WI. Some items can be on the pricey side. And they have some great fudge and candy!
  • June 30, 2017
    Fun pit stop for the family. One drawback was a distinct lack of cheese samples, but otherwise it was a pretty cool place. Kids loved the giant cow in front as well as the amalgam of foam cheese paraphernalia. Highly recommend stopping here
  • July 1, 2017
    Such a great variety of cheese!! And other things as well. Once I get a chance to eat the cherry I bought, I will determine whether this will be edited to a 5 star rating.
  • April 26, 2017
    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!

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