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Midland welcomes new artisan cheese shop

The Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Small Business Week (October 16th to 22nd) by spotlighting its members and all that their entrepreneurial spirit contributes to the fabric of our region.
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The Mouse Trap is located at 258 King St. in Midland.

Opening in fall 2022, The Mouse Trap will be Midland's local artisan cheese shop.

"We will be sourcing both local and imported cheese, along with all the goodies that go with it – jams, jellies, crackers, olives, and more," said The Mouse Trap owners, Sarah Kestle and Steve Grise who moved to Midland in 2021. "The Mouse Trap will be your 'go to' for specialty cheeses and unique, hand selected gifts and accessories." 

The Grise family was very involved in the town dating back to 1879 when Didace Grise first started a butcher shop on King Street.

Learn more about Sarah and Steve below.

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Let me start by saying "We LOVE cheese"!

In 2021 Sarah Kestle (me) and Steve Grise (my husband) moved from Toronto to Midland for the love of Georgian Bay. As we settled in, we found that King Street had almost everything we needed within walking distance. It's a fabulous town!! But what about cheese?? We don't want to leave town to find some good cheese.

Steve and I both have longstanding ties to the area. Steve was born in Midland, and my family moved to Collingwood in the early 80s. Last year we moved to Midland permanently and are loving it! If we are not sampling and sourcing the tastiest cheeses, you'll find us on the water enjoying our time on Tukanuz.

I have spent 35+ years in the insurance industry and decided that it was time to take my passion and share it with others. There is so much to learn about cheese and so many exciting things to investigate. I love to share what I know (which seems to be so little in the massive dairy universe!), but even more so I love to hear about your experiences with cheese - your favourites, dislikes, recipes...anything. Always happy to chat with anyone!

For Steve, moving to Midland was coming back to his roots. Steve was born in Midland and the Grise family was very involved in the town dating back to 1879 when Didace Grise 1 started a butcher shop in Midland. The family later built the Royal Hotel and added the Delawana Inn. The family was in the resort business for 5 generations and later added Elgin House and Aston Villa, where Steve grew up.

Steve now works in the GIS industry (you know...that mapping stuff) and then helps me with every spare minute he has.

We look forward to meeting you all in person when The Mouse Trap is up and running!