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About the Wisconsin Cheese Mart

About the Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Founded in 1938 on Old World Third St in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Cheese Mart has grown from a small cheese shop to a leading Wisconsin Cheese retailer. We carry over 150 Wisconsin varieties of cheese in our display cases and ship cheese to all 50 states. We search out the best gourmet and award-winning cheese we can find throughout the state of Wisconsin to provide to customers all over the nation. We use nothing but real Wisconsin Cheese in our gift baskets which are great for occasions or events.

Fast Facts:

We have two retail locations:

215 W Highland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

119 State Street
Madison, WI 53703


Year Established: 1938

Owner Information: Kenneth and Melissa McNulty

Ken McNulty is a 3rd Generation Milwaukeean. His grandfather founded a food brokerage business in Milwaukee in 1939. Ken McNulty worked for the family's food business in the years before heading off to college.

Ken left Milwaukee at 18 to finish college in Oregon, Austria, and Germany. Ken enlisted in the Air Force to help pay for the rest of his studies. He became a Russian translator in the Air Force and was subsequently stationed in Berlin during the fall of the Berlin wall.

After more than 15 years as a management and software consultant in Germany and Chicago, Ken was informed by his father in Milwaukee that The Cheese Mart was for sale. In 2003, Ken and his wife Melissa purchased the company and returned to Milwaukee. 

A letter from the owners:

The Wisconsin Cheese Mart was started with one simple goal: To sell the highest-quality cheeses from local Wisconsin creameries to cheese lovers in Milwaukee and beyond. When the finest milk in the country is put into the skilled hands of proud and knowledgeable cheesemakers, the end result is exceptional cheese. Our family-owned cheese store has been in Milwaukee for more than 80 years, and our mission today is the same as it was back then: To celebrate the cheesemakers' craft, showcase their hard work and innovation, and serve cheese fanatics everywhere the best of what Wisconsin has to offer. 

-Kenneth and Melissa McNulty