The Knowles Family
We (Matt, Claire Amelie (5) and Dexter (3) at that time) moved to Herefordshire in September 2012 when we bought the shops from their previous owners the Hindles. We didn't come from any kind of high powered background, so we sold our house to pay for the business purchase and begged borrowed and refrained from stealing to get what we needed to go out on our own! It's been an enormous learning curve for us, but now 18 months on we feel that we've got to grips with everything that running 3 cheese shops entails and can put our mark on the produce we sell and how we sell it a bit more.
The Cheese Shops
Mark and Kass Hindle started the first Mousetrap Cheese Shop in Leominster, shortly before the Hereford shop in the early 90's, strangely they lived in the same house that we now rent with their young family! They then bought and set up the Monkland Cheese Dairy and still produce a number of lovely cheeses that we sell today. The Ludlow shop was opened in the early Noughties and has proved to be a great success!
I (Claire Knowles) decided that as I'd been a web builder for a number of years after leaving Uni nearly 20 years ago, I'd build the website. Possibly not the best decision ever made as it's taken 18 months and has meant that she's totally had to re-learn web building as it's changed totally since then. I hope you find that everything works on here as I'm not sure I could fix it anyway so if the shop suddenly closes you know why!!