When people visit or move to Collingwood, they are often delighted to discover that we have wonderful little boutiques, speciality shops and gourmet food stores not usually found in towns this size.
One of my favourites is Dags & Willow Fine Cheese and Gourmet Shop which started selling their cheese through the local Farmer’s Market 9 years ago. By the end of 2005, they opened their shop on Pine Street downtown and after out-growing that location, they opened a spectacular new store on Second Street earlier this year.
In addition to selling a large array of artisanal cheeses from around the world, they also sell a range of gourmet products from cookies to mustards as well as prepared foods, breads, giftware and more. They have a must try policy of sampling the cheese before buying and the staff are all well versed in the nuances of their products.
Dags & Willow also has wholesale and catering divisions. In a unique twist, they can even make you a cheese wedding cake.
For those who wonder, the business derives its name from the owners’ two dogs: Cagney and Willow. You can read more on their website. http://www.dagsandwillow.ca/ Go have a look – it really is a gorgeous shop that is a feast for the eyes. Oh, and may I recommend you taste the house-made Asiago dip?