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Skaneateles: Gourmet cheese shop opens on Jordan Street

Welcome to blue Danube Gourmet To Go.

Enter slowly through the front door at 33 Jordan St. and gradually take in the aromas of more than 20 cheeses, freshly brewed coffee, baking bread and a gentle ambiance that pervades every nook and cranny.

Gaze through a display case, admire the scenery, take a taste -- a purely blissful taste -- of what is in store for the community.

"We hope that it is a ... really nice compliment to what Skaneateles has to offer," Erica Derrick said Thursday afternoon.

Already outfitted with a gourmet meat shop, bakery, coffee shops, a seafood eatery and pasta places, what was missing in the magical village was dairy. So, for about two years Derrick and Lorand Ernyey talked, discussed, dabbled and ate cheese while they contemplated what kind of gourmet shop they wanted to open, because they knew no matter what kind of business they had, it was going to be gourmet foods of one variety or another.

"While we're thinking about what to do, we're nibbling on cheese," Derrick said, and that's when the genius to have a cheese shop struck the couple.

"This is a very common thing in Europe. So, bring a little bit of Europe [to Skaneateles]," Ernyey said. "We would like a European flavor, an international flavor."

According to Derrick, the shop will carry approximately 29 different cheeses to start and they are looking for feedback from the community. What do you like? What have you been trying to find but can't? What is your favorite cheese?

While Derrick and Ernyey were preparing their new shop, several community members stopped in to see what was happening -- and talked about what they might like to try to satiate their hunger.

"We want to be able to accommodate," Derrick said. "There's nothing intimidating here. Food is fun. It brings people together."

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