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The Cheese Has Eyes!

At Shisler's Cheese House

By Emily Roebuck • Amish Heartland Contributor Published: November 3, 2014 12:00 AM
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Swiss cheese that is. When a piece of creamy, flavorful Swiss cheese comes in contact with your taste buds, you can't help but let out an audible "Mmmmmm" and wonder to yourself, do I really need anything more than this?

The holes in a piece of Swiss cheese are called "eyes" and these holes are formed when a natural bacteria consumes the lactic acid in the cheese and releases carbon dioxide gas, which slowly forms bubbles, creating the rounded holes or "eyes." A chemical reaction and science create a beautiful piece of dairy perfection. Swiss is just one of the many varieties of delicious cheeses available at Shisler's Cheese House in Orrville, Ohio.

According to a report last year from a consumer group at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, each American, on average, is now eating 23 pounds of cheese a year. This is up from the numbers in the 1970s when we were only consuming 8 pounds a year.

With numbers like that it is easy to see that our love of cheese has only grown over time, just as the local love for Shisler's Cheese House has continued to increase through the years since its doors opened in 1958.

With an expanded line of imported cheeses, a bigger gift line, bulk foods and an e-commerce website for online ordering and shipping, Shisler's is moving forward with the boldness of a blue cheese. There is a high level of expertise behind the counter for customers searching for inspiration or looking for an answer to specific questions about ingredients and recipes. Rita Shisler, owner, and her staff are friendly, conversational, and they approach the way they do business from a place of excellent customer service and working together to make people feel like family and friends when they walk through the door.

"My family and I have always wanted this to be a business that would be around for generations; to see customers that we know come back every year," Shisler said. "We attract U.S. Route 30 travelers to a piece of delicious Swiss cheese and a cold drink. When they walk through our door it is all about having that wonderful customer experience so that you leave knowing you have friends here."

Long time customer and friend, Joe Knutson, has been coming to Shisler's for the cheese for the past 10 years. "Rita has a huge heart and she shares that in so many ways," commented Knutson. "Her cheese house, her personality - both of them are definitely an institution."

Shisler's online orders are now shipping to over 30 countries worldwide. There will be specials running throughout the holiday season so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page or stop in and find out what items are being featured in the store on the corner of Kidron Road.

As the holidays are nearing, there are gift box options available for every budget. Sending a gift of bologna, Heggy's Chocolates and cheese to the one you love will bring them into the season with a taste of the best products that Amish country has to offer. There is a Veteran's Care Package, a "Hot Stuff" Collection for those with a taste for the sharper, spicier cheeses and many other boxes to suit whatever taste you are going for.

Pre-selected cheeses that pair well with each type of wine, scotch or beer are ready to order and can be shipped directly to the consumer making it less challenging to pick a flavor to go with your favorite beverage. Choose from: Red or White Wine Cheese Collections, Beer Collection and Scotch Collection.

There are also health-conscious, low carb., low fat and sugar free items available. Customers searching for gourmet items can find these on the website, including roasted pecans, natural pistachio nuts and extra large redskin peanuts. Other items such as rolled Amish butter and maple syrup are also featured online.

Each year Rita participates in the Germany booth, at the Ethnic Fair in Wooster, along with members of the Shisler family and Shisler's Cheese House staff. Shisler's Cheese House also supports the Orrville Lions Club and Rita is all about bringing the community together to help others.

One of her passions, which is supported through the Lions Club, is providing vision screenings for pre-school children in the area. In 2015, Shisler will become the second woman to be district governor for the local Lions Club, something she is also particularly proud of. For more information or to see how you can become involved visit: http://www.orrvillelionsclub.com/

Shisler's Cheese House is located at 55 Kidron Rd. in Orrville (where it meets U.S. Route 30). Business hours are Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information visit CheeseHouse.com or call 330-682-2105.

"A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality."

_ Clifton Fadiman

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