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Meet the Cheese Shop Girls: Jennie

Everyone, meet Jennie! If you have taken a tour in the new shop or sampled some of our cheese in a grocery store, she has probably already made you smile at least a few times! This lady has been a constant source of encouragement and joy in the shop. As soon as she walks in you can tell she really cares about people and puts their needs above her own. Every time. Though we don’t see her as often as we would like, she’s always there when we’re in a pinch. As much as we possibly can, we’ll never let her leave completely!

Jennie Pickens

What is your role at the Cheese Shop and how did you come to be here?

A couple of years ago when the new Cheese Shop was getting ready to open I heard that they wanted to hire some holiday help. I go to church with John and Ruth, so I told her I was interested. Once I got started, I didn’t want to stop! She hasn’t been able to get rid of me since. My role at the Cheese Shop lately has been to fill in when they need extra help, to give tours to groups such as schools, and to do cheese demos at events. It’s a really fun job and I love it!

What is your favorite part about working at the Cheese Shop?

The people! I love our customers. They are fun to talk to and I love giving out samples and seeing people enjoy trying something new. The kids are my favorite though! When I do a school group tour and watch them absorbing new information about where their food comes from, it’s really a joy!

What is something you have learned since being here?

I have learned a lot about the cheese making process and I am amazed at level of precision and quality that goes into making the cheese so delicious. It has completely spoiled me–now I can’t eat the low quality stuff. I have learned how much fun working can be in the right environment.

Tell us about your life outside of work! What makes you tick?

My life outside of work is full of time spent with my husband, Jeremy, and our two awesome kids, age 10 and 13. I am a home-school mom and we are currently remodeling a house we just bought. We can often be found at our church, Good Shepherd Community, where Jeremy is the pastor. I love Jesus, and what makes me tick is serving Him and helping others to know Him more.

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