A local cheese shop is cutting out some space at a Scott’s Addition cidery.
Truckle Cheesemongers is preparing to open a store within Blue Bee Cider’s space at 1320 Summit Ave.
Maggie Bradshaw, who was looking for a career change out of the nonprofit field, founded Truckle as a pop-up shop and wholesaler in 2015. Her interest in cheese developed while studying in Paris in the early 2000s. After starting her career in the nonprofit world in Northern Virginia, she said she realized she wasn’t passionate about it.
“I started working in a cheese shop in Alexandria part time, and after moving to Richmond I thought, ‘I don’t want to work retail for someone else,’” Bradhsaw said. “I started out just doing pop-ups, or I’d go to a brewery and do pairings with their beers there.”
Truckle has been based at Tuckahoe Seafood at 1007 Starling Drive in the West End and has sold cheese to local breweries and markets such as Final Gravity Brewing Co., Castleburg Brewery, Outpost Richmond and Ashland Meat Co. at Cross Brothers.
While preparing to launch Truckle, Bradshaw said she reached out to Blue Bee owner Courtney Mailey for advice.
“She sat down with me and talked through things to consider,” Bradshaw said. “She was so nice to talk to me before I even had a business license.”
Now, several years later, the two will be sharing space at Blue Bee’s facility, which it moved into in 2016. Bradshaw said Truckle is leasing 200 square feet there.
“We’ll do both cut to order and charcuterie boards, as well as and grab-and-go (cheeses),” Bradshaw said, adding Truckle will offer salads and grilled cheeses.
Truckle gets most of its cheese through a D.C.-based distributor that doesn’t sell much in the Richmond market.
Bradshaw said she’s typically stocked only about eight cheeses but plans to increase that number considerably upon opening in Blue Bee. Truckle is looking to open there this fall and will keep its presence at Tuckahoe Seafood.
“It’s always been a dream to open a brick and mortar, and this is just a reasonable way to do it,” she said.