By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jan 29, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Downtown Plymouth will get a number of upgrades over the next year. One is a brand new Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center which will be located at 133 E. Mill St. The project will be undertaken in partnership with Milwaukee-based Retailworks, Inc., who is also spearheading renovations this spring at the iconic Mars Cheese Castle.

The new center, which will highlight Wisconsin’s strong cheese-making tradition and heritage, will pay particular homage to the history of cheese-making in Sheboygan County.

It is estimated that 15 percent of all cheese consumed in the U.S. moves through Plymouth. The city was also home to The Wisconsin Cheese Exchange, which was founded there in 1918. As a result, the city has been dubbed the "Cheese Capital of the World" and "Cheeseville."

What’s missing, however, is a destination that fittingly acknowledges this connection to Wisconsin cheese. As a result, the three-story historic building will be re-imagined to include a multi-use experience.

According to a release, renovations will include the addition of hands-on, interactive activities and displays including a "kids cheese cave" area. The center will also include a retail area where guests can purchase cheese products from area cheese makers, along with a lunch counter which will offer up a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches. The 3,600-square foot heritage center will also include a demonstration kitchen to highlight different ways of cooking with cheese.

The project is spearheaded by the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation Foundation (SCEDCF) and the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority (RDA). Estimated completion is summer 2017.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.