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Retail Tipsheet: New Ferndale cheese store a family affair

Jeff and Lindsay Slevin talk at Twin Sisters Creamery, their new cheese store and manufacturing facility on Portal Way in Ferndale, on Thursday, July 9. The cheese store is set to open Saturday, July 18.
Jeff and Lindsay Slevin talk at Twin Sisters Creamery, their new cheese store and manufacturing facility on Portal Way in Ferndale, on Thursday, July 9. The cheese store is set to open Saturday, July 18. The Bellingham Herald

Cheese connoisseurs soon will get a chance to see how the cheese is made with the opening of a new creamery in Ferndale.

Twin Sisters Creamery is in the final phase of getting ready, with owners Lindsay and Jeff Slevin aiming for a Saturday, July 18, opening at 6202 Portal Way. Check the company’s Facebook page for updates.

The creamery will have a manufacturing space as well as a retail store. The 1,000-square-foot store will have more than 100 cheeses and products related to cheese, both locally made and imported.

The store also will have windows so customers can see into the manufacturing portion of the building and watch cheese being made. Lindsay Slevin said they expect to have the manufacturing portion ready in August, making about 38,000 pounds of cheese annually.

For Lindsay Slevin, it’s a chance to put her knowledge of all things cheese to work. She’s certified by the American Cheese Society and friends have jokingly said no one is supposed to know as much about cheese as she does.

“I can talk about cheese for hours on end,” she said with a laugh.

Jeff Slevin has a background in manufacturing, which makes a good pairing for this type of business. The two worked with Doug Scoggins of Pioneer Post Frame to build a facility from scratch that would meet the creamery’s specifications. Construction work began in November and when completed will have about 3,000 square feet of manufacturing and retail space.

The creamery will start off making a blue cheese called Whatcom Blue and Whatcom White, a table-style cheese. The plan is to sell the product in a variety of local grocery stores as well as wholesale. The milk for the cheese will be supplied by Twin Brook Creamery near Lynden.

Lindsay Slevin said along with being a place for locals to pick up cheese, she hopes it becomes a destination place for those who want to taste and learn about cheese. She plans on having cheese classes and plenty of samples.

It’s also very much a family-run business. The name is a tip of the hat to the Slevins’ 6-year-old twin daughters, Maddy and Lexi, who have already taken to the marketing aspects of the business. The company logo is based on the twins holding hands.

While the creamery is not open yet, the Slevins already have had plenty of feedback from the community.

“The reaction has been so positive; people are excited to hear about the cheese we’re making,” she said.

Along with the Facebook page, more details about the company can be found at twinsisterscreamery.com or by calling 360-739-1300.

FERNDALE GROCERY OUTLET TO OPEN JULY 23

The Ferndale Grocery Outlet is planning to open its doors after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23.

The company also is planning for a grand opening celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, according to a news release. The grand opening will have $5 gift certificates for the first 100 customers, and customers can enter to win door prizes that include a television, bikes from Lenny’s Bike Shop and free groceries for a year ($600 value). The grand prize drawing will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29. The grocery outlet also will be donating $1,000 of food to the Ferndale Food Bank.

Other grand opening attractions include face painting and games. Also dropping in are the “Frugal Friends” puppets Lois Prices and Ben Saven.

The store is opening at 1750 LaBounty Drive. Once open, hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Details about the company can be found at Groceryoutlet.com.

OTHER TIDBITS

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Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com.

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