Saxelby Cheesemongers Named Small Business of the Year!

It was a hot and schweaty day at Gracie Mansion…. Not the place you’d usually see us cheesemongers hanging out… But last Tuesday was a very special day indeed! Saxelby Cheesemongers was named ‘Small Business of the Year’ for the Borough of Manhattan at this year’s Neighborhood Achievement Awards. Read all about it in this week’s dairy dispatch!

Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner of Small Business Rob Walsh, and Sponsors at the Ceremony.

The Small Business of the Year award honors an entrepreneur who has contributed to the vitality of their neighborhood and its commerce. Saxelby Cheesemongers was recognized for the positive contribution it has made to the Essex Street Market over the past five years. Since opening for business in the Essex Market, we’ve been delighted to see changes large and small re-shape one of New York City’s most important public markets. From the opening of new shops like Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, Pain d’Avignon, and Boubouki, to physical improvements made to the market itself (new floor, new paint job, flowers and foliage outside) to extended hours of business (8-7 Monday-Friday and 10-6 on Sundays) the market has never been better! We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Essex Market, and know that although we’ve seen some tremendous enhancements, we still have a lot of work left to do!

As the recipient of this year’s award, we think it’s only fitting to let the Mayor’s office know that the progress and positive change they’ve just commended Saxelby Cheesemongers for is in danger of being destroyed by the city’s SPURA redevelopment plans. We urge Mayor Bloomberg and his staff to join the conversation about the future of the Essex Market. We believe with all our hearts that this neighborhood institution is one for the ages! Stay tuned for more information to see how you can help us continue the fight to save the Essex Street Market.


This Saturday July 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00, come on down to Saxelby Cheesemongers for a demo and tasting with Hot Bread Kitchen, makers of delicious breads from around the world! We’ll be grilling up quesadillas with Hot Bread Kitchen’s famous homemade 100% corn tortillas. If you’ve never tried ’em, here’s your chance! You’ll never look at a tortilla the same way, we promise…


Cheese on the Radio! Tune in to Cutting the Curd tonight from 4:30 to 5:00 on the Heritage Radio Network, or download the show as a podcast.

Tonight on Cutting the Curd, we’ll be talking cheese in the state of Maryland with Holly Foster from Chapel’s County Creamery and Matt Cedro, cheese maker at Firefly Farms. How did Holly go from one cow to a full-fledged creamery? How did Matt Cedro transition from chef to cheesemaker? Listen in and find out!
Cutting the Curd, a dairy-centric radio show on Heritage Radio Network

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