Virgin Cheese Opens Retail Shop in Downtown Clarkdale

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Virgin Cheese, maker of plant-based, organic artisanal cheeses, has officially opened its new production facility and retail storefront, Virgin Cheese at Hopewell Mine on Main, located at 915 Main Street in historic downtown Clarkdale, Arizona. Guests are welcome to stop in, no appointment required, and sample cheeses Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Virgin Cheese Founder and Chief Cheese Officer Jodi Paige and General Manager Anthony Guitron have moved their operation from Las Vegas to downtown Clarkdale and are already partnering with local restaurants to offer dairy-free vegan options to their customers. Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 12-14, guests at Fojol Bros. restaurant at 777 Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood will have the opportunity to try Virgin Cheese’s full-flavored plant-based cheeses.

Virgin Cheese will premiere its Picnic Plate for Two for $20 this weekend. The Plate, available at the Hopewell Mine on Main location and at Fojol Bros., offers a trio of organic artisan vegan cheeses, such as Brie, Bleu, Feta, Lemon Dill, Pepper Jack, Smoked Gouda, Port Wine, Sriracha Cheddar, and White Cheddar. The Picnic Plate also comes with house-made organic artisan crackers, biscuits, organic fruit, and crudité with jams, herbs, and edible flowers. Foodies, paleo, lactose intolerant, and vegan eaters are thrilled with this tantalizing line, which earned a nomination for Best Artisanal Vegan Cheese in the country last year from Veg News magazine.

“The demand for plant-powered organic fare is growing, especially as consumers seek to build their immunity through eating cleaner, greener, and leaner. Seventy percent of the world population is lactose intolerant. People are just used to feeling bad when they eat dairy,” said Jodi Paige, founder, and Chief Cheese Officer at Virgin Cheese. “With Virgin Cheese, our mission is to offer a better vegan alternative that delivers on flavor as well as its many health benefits. We’re looking forward to partnering with Fojol Bros. to showcase our unique product within the community.”

Fojol Bros. will be kicking off their weekly outdoor live music performance series over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14th. Guests who sample Virgin Cheese at Fojol Bros. can find an even greater selection at the Hopewell Mine on Main location in Clarkdale. Virgin Cheese is also available at Tantrum Wines in Old Town Cottonwood, The Original Jerome Winery in Jerome, and The ChocolaTree Organic Eatery and Winery 1912 in Sedona.

About Virgin Cheese

Founded in 2014 by Chief Cheese Officer Jodi Paige in Las Vegas, Virgin Cheese is a plant-based, organic artisanal line of flavorful cheeses. Paige and General Manager Anthony Guitron now call the historic town of Clarkdale, Arizona the home base of Virgin Cheese. Lovingly made with cultured cashew milk, Virgin Cheese is cruelty-free, cholesterol-free, dairy-free, but not flavor-free. Visit our production and retail location, Virgin Cheese at Hopewell Mine on Main, at 915 Main Street in Clarkdale. For more information on where to find Virgin Cheese, visit or follow us on Instagram. Bon Appetit!

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