New Braunfels | July 2023




The Pinedas curate cheeses from around the globe. All that sampling led them to Žnd their own personal go-to cheeses. Here are their favorite picks.

Otto’s Cheese Club is ideal for those looking to try unique cheeses. The box includes three to four curated cheeses that are 1/3-pound cuts that can be picked up from the shop or shipped out in the Žrst week of each month. Club membership costs • One month: $50 • Three months: $140 • Six months: $270

Rachel : She favors Seascape, a cow and goat milk blend California cheese paired with a crisp chardonnay.

Shop owners Bob and Rachel Pineda decided to open a cheese shop because they felt like it was something they could be passionate about.



Otto’s Cheese Shop Boutique company curates curds from around the globe A fter visiting Cheesemon- gers of Santa Fe, a New Mexico cheese shop, Texas train and feel comfortable letting run the shop,’” Bob said. The Pinedas also had to become familiar with customer preferences. “We de nitely have evolved BY AMIRA VAN LEEUWEN

Bob: He prefers Fresh Chèvre, a pasteurized goat’s milk cheese, paired with any kind of sparkling wine.

the end result,” Bob said. The shop also has a subscription service called Otto’s Cheese Club, which includes three to four curated cheeses that are 1/3-pound cuts. The cheeses are typically ready for pickup or ship the rst week of each month. An info sheet is included in the box, which has the history of the cheese, its maker and sugges- tions on wine and food pairings. In the future, the Pinedas hope to expand the shop to o”er more sitdown options for their customers to try the cheeses and wines. “We get a lot of return customers, so we feel like that’s a good indi- cator that we’re doing something right,” Bob said.

Otto’s Cheese Shop 344 Landa St., New Braunfels 830-387-4495 Hours: Tue.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.

natives Bob and Rachel Pineda were inspired to open a cheese shop of their own. Otto’s Cheese Shop, located at 344 Landa St., New Braunfels, opened in May 2021. The husband-and-wife duo were at rst running the shop exclusively by themselves all while raising their two daughters. “It was a lot to juggle, so we said, ‘We’re gonna have to hire because we just can’t do it all. If we want to see this place grow, we [have to] be able to have employees that we can

from the beginning [from] what we carried then to what we have now,” Rachel said. In addition to cheese, Otto’s Cheese Shop also carries a variety of meats to pair with a diverse selection of wines. “We like to focus on artisan-style cheeses that really focus on the craftsmanship, the traditionally made cheeses, things that you can really taste the love and care that those cheesemakers put into their product really does translate into




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