Town Clock Cheese Shoppe
At the Town Clock, “fromager” Bill Houder “holds court” for each of his valued customers…providing suggestions and taste samples as they “judge” which cheese best suits their preferences.
Like his father and grandfather, Bill is a “cheeseman” that loves sharing his passion for the family cheese business that he carries on after 75 years.
With display cases that are filled with local, domestic, and imported selections…your hopes for service and expectations for quality will be exceeded.
This is one of Lancaster County’s most loved hidden gems…once discovered, appreciative customers return again and again….not just for the great cheese but also for the experience of shopping for the best in cheese.
Town Clock Cheese Shoppe
5381 Bridge Street
P.O. Box 38
Gap, PA 17527
During Mondays and Tuesdays, Bill Houder is busy searching for and acquiring the best selections in cheese for his customers.
The genesis of the Town Clock Cheese Shoppe goes way back to Lancaster cheese broker J.P. Kirchner & Son, his great grandfather and grandfather on his mother’s side. After Marie Kirchner of Lancaster married John Houder of Atglen, he became a cheeseman too, following in his in-laws’ footsteps. This is the story of how John’s son, Bill Houder, eventually got his start as a cheese monger. Bill’s earliest memory of being in the cheese business goes back to when he was 7 or 8, when he carried a Limburger box, making delivers…Bill remembers, “I was always eagerly received by the German ladies who loved their Limburger.” After years in the cheese business as a wholesaler and distributor, selling cheese to many of Lancaster’s most notable restaurants, country clubs and caterers, Bill and his wife Judy decided to open the Town Clock Cheese Shoppe so that they could share their cheese with everyone who stops by. Since opening in 2004, the Shoppe has developed a loyal following of diehard cheese lovers…with people traveling from far and wide for their favorite cheeses.
The Town Clock’s cases are lined with a variety of imported cheeses from Spain, France, Holland, England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, as well as other countries. Closer to home, there are domestic cheeses from all over the United States, including Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and New York. And from the farms of Lancaster County, there are a number of local high quality cheese selections.
If you like variety, you will thrill at the assortment of cheese that are available…from delicate cremes like Brie and D’Affinois to strong aged Cheddar and pungent Limburger. Bill happily serves as your guide into the wonderful world of cheese…making suggestions and recommendations that ensure you cheese purchase exceeds your expectations.
Domestic cheeses include Maytag Bleu, Cheddar, Sharp, Farmers, Feta, Mozzarella, Fontiago, Longhorn, Muenster, Provolone, Parmesan, and American, along with favorite spreads such as Horseradish and Port Wine.
Imported selections are equally amazing…Abbeydale, Asiagio, Edam, Feta, and Bleus such as Roquefort, Cabareles and Stilton. There are Boursin, Gouda, Havarti, Buffalo Mozzarella, Limburger, Locatelli Romano, Manchego, Chevre and Provolone. Swiss cheeses include Emmenthaler, Fontina, Gruyere, Jarlsberg and Madrigal. Cheddars feature Colliers, Malt Whiskey, Old Quebec and Tipperary.
“When it comes to cheese, there are no rules. You like what you like,” says Bill Houder, preeminent fromager.