What started with two brothers from Switzerland and a love of cheese-making, has become one of North America’s premier cheese retailers east of the Mississippi: Heini’s. This northeastern Ohio company is located about 25 miles from our Inn, and you’ll taste many of its cheeses in the meals we cook here.
Heini’s has a long history in our Ohio community. In the 1930’s, the current owners’ grandfather, Jon (Hans) Dauwalder, left Switzerland—where he had gone to study cheese-making and woo his sweetheart—to join his brother Crist. Crist had recently purchased Bunker Hill Cheese and asked Jon to help him in the family business. The two grew the company, and in 1962 sold Bunker Hill Cheese to Jon’s son Peter and his wife Marguerite.
The name “Heini” is short for Heinrich, a traditional Swiss name that is part of the family’s heritage. Today the company makes more than 35 different types of natural cheese. A location in the heart of Amish country is a wonderful bonus, as the Amish are a major supplier of milk, most of it pasture-based. This attention to the supply of top-quality milk is reflected in the delicious products produced. Heini’s list of cheese products include six varieties each of regular Swiss and cheddar, classics such as Colby, snacking cheeses, and more. In addition, the company makes yogurt-cultured cheeses, cheese spreads and dips, and a delicious lineup of fudge.
6005 County Road 77,
Starting on April 10, 2017, Heini’s Cheese will be offering weekly tours. The exact schedule hasn’t yet been set, so be sure to call the company before visiting to confirm.
Plan to stay with us at the Inn and you can enjoy first-hand tastes of Heini’s cheese in our wonderful breakfast dishes, or in our special dinners. It’s a delicious way to spend a weekend!