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After a devastating fire, River Valley Cheese has a new home

River Valley Cheese's building burned down in February, but owner Kristi Slotemaker has found a new home!

RENTON, Wash. — River Valley Cheese is a cheese lover's paradise. For three years, Kristi Slotemaker taught cheese-making classes in her Issaquah classroom.

Not only did she teach her students how to make cheese- from burrata to gouda to goat- she also taught them the history of each individual cheese. It was a fully immersive class, complete with a cheese buffet.

In February 2019, a fire broke out on a nearby property- spreading to River Valley Cheese. Although the building itself stayed intact, everything inside was ruined by the fire- and Kristi no longer could use the building for her classes.

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Although the building stands, the fire damage prevents River Valley Cheese from working in the building.

"I'll tell you, I'll get out of bed and have to hold onto the wall to steady myself, because your business is gone. But it's not gone," Kristi says.

It's not gone, because after months of searching, Kristi has found a new location for River Valley Cheese! Her new cheesy headquarters are in downtown Renton.

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River Valley Cheese has a new space in Renton!

River Valley Cheese is officially back in business in its new location.

"The amazing outpouring of love and support from the community when something like this happens is so amazing and so humbling," Kristi says.

River Valley Cheese | 425-222-5277 | 826 S 3rd St, Renton

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