If you’re still buying pre-shredded cheese from the supermarket, stop. Please. (This is especially true after an FDA investigation revealed that much of that “cheese” may very well be wood pulp.) Thanks to a multitude of specialty cheese shops—some new, some old—Front Rangers have more places to shop for fromage than ever before.
If You Love Old World Charm:
Shop at: The Truffle Cheese Shop for a tightly curated, seasonally changing selection (everything from Larkspur’s Fruition Farms’ sheep’s milk ricotta  to the delicate Spanish buffalo milk Oriol de Montbrú). Expect a wait; this 15-year-old store has a devoted following.
Don’t leave without Rodolphe’s Beurre de Barette, a hand-churned butter from Normandy.
2906 E. Sixth Ave., 303-322-7363
If You Like Things Made In The Good Ol’ USA
Shop at: Cheese & Provisions, where the owner was once a cheese maker himself. His extensive experience gives you access to hard-to-find domestic artisan cheeses, such as Parish Hill Creamery’s seasonal Suffolk Punch .
Don’t leave without the sandwich of the day, stuffed with the likes of goat Gouda, green chile spread, and salami cotto.
2432 W. 44th Ave., 303-455-2221
If You Live In Boulder But Still Eat Dairy
Shop at: One of Cured Boulder’s two outposts (located less than a mile from each other) for epicurean goods like a wedge of Avalanche Cheese Co.’s local Cabra-Blanca  or thinly shaved Jamón Ibérico from Spain.
Don’t leave without: One of the picnic packages, a compilation of cheeses and other goodies packaged for outdoor adventures.
1825 Pearl St. and 2019 10th St., Boulder, 720-389-8096
If You Are A Dedicated Francophile
Shop at: Cheese Importers in Longmont for a charming gourmet market, French-inspired bistro, and belle epoque absinthe bar. But it’s the massive walk-in refrigerated cave of almost 400 cheeses (organized by country) that keeps us coming back again and again…and again.
Don’t leave without: A nice wedge of Brilliat Savarin , a triple-crème Brie.
103 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-9599