Cheese please: two new cheese shops to open

Il Fornaio's cheesemaking sisters Sabrina and Katia Cappadocio.
Il Fornaio's cheesemaking sisters Sabrina and Katia Cappadocio. Photo: Giorgia Masselli

Olivia Sutton (ex-Calendar Cheese Co) is set to launch her new artisan cheese shop, Harper & Blohm. Operating out of Essendon's Prince Wine Store, the shop will offer a selection of cheeses from around the world plus handcrafted local cheese boards, French cheese knives and cheese-wine matching classes. It is due to open in early February.

Harper & Blohm Cheese Shop, 80 Primrose Street, Essendon

It is expected that the St Kilda ''micro cheese lab'' La Formaggeria will be unveiled in early March. The team from Il Fornaio is behind the venture, which will house a fine food grocer and delicatessen, while Italian-style fresh cheeses will be made on site by Italian cheese-making sisters Katia and Sabrina Cappadocio.

La Formaggeria 72 Acland Street, St Kilda

One of only three Australian listings to make the cut, our very own Spring Street Grocer and Cheese Cellar recently rated a place in Monocle One Hundred, a list of the globally renowned magazine's honours for ''things that add quality to your life''.,