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The Salty Cow Provides Artisan Food To Lewisville

By Michele Kimrey

Located in Lewisville, right in the heart of the Dallas Metroplex, The Salty Cow provides artisan cheese, meats and other foods to its hungry customers. Both local and imported cheeses are offered and the meat selection ranges from Prosciutto and Jamón Serrano to salami and sausages. General Manager Chad Nielsen answered some questions about The Salty Cow's success.

How would you describe your menu selections?

We strive to maintain an equal selection of local and imported cheeses, averaging about 60 total, with most of our local selection being sourced from Central Texas from Veldhuizen Farms and Brazos Valley Cheese. In addition to this, we also carry a selection of chocolates and confectionaries from Wiseman House Chocolates and Hico Popcorn, both from Hico, KAI Organic Tea from Waco, Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil from Carrizo Springs, as well as other coffees, spreads and related retail items. We recently launched a small, gourmet sandwich selection and look forward to expanding the menu.

What separate your business from competitors?

This is a family business. Married couple Jennifer Gentry and Harold Gonazales own the store and run it with the help of their mothers and a few close friends. They are all transplants from New York and want to recreate the specialty, boutique experience of the city. The shop and the homes of the family are all located in the Castle Hills neighborhood, which makes the commute quite fortuitous! In addition to maintain a mostly local selection, we have also partnered with several businesses in the shopping center.

PIE 3.14 has begun to carry a small selection of our cheeses to serve their customers, and TKO Libations Craft Brewery down the street lets us keep table tent menus at their location for their customers to order delivery from us. We have also begun scheduling beer and cheese tasting classes with TKO. Our printing is done at Liberty Postal Express across the parking lot, and lunch is often handled by the soon to open Ramen Isakaya Akira next door. This is a truly symbiotic community where everyone helps everyone and trips through the parking lot are often wrought with handshakes and hellos.

What else would you like to convey to the public about your business? What do you enjoy about your job?

This business is a labor of love. Both Harold and Jennifer maintain full-time jobs in their professional fields, she is an attorney and he is a technology executive. In addition to raising a 3-year-old and finishing up degrees, they have found time to dedicate themselves to this, their hobby. The best part of our day is engaging with curious customers, and we are unafraid to stand on the customer side of the counter to explain and answer questions, and often find ourselves doing exactly that. Not to mention that sampling the cheese is a required part of my job.

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Michele Kimrey owns and manages Hatcher Kimrey Insurance.

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