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Cheese Board

Two collectively owned and operated businesses in Berkeley, CA comprised of a cheese shop/bakery and a pizzeria.

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A Quick Tip by Juhnay

  • Mar 4, 2010
Cheeseboard is one of the few places I would stand in a long line and wait patiently for...
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Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
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Cheeseboard is one of the few places I would stand in a long line and wait patiently for...
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The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley, California, comprises two collectively owned and operated businesses: a cheese shop/bakery commonly referred to as "The Cheese Board," and a pizzeria known as "Cheese Board Pizza." The Cheese Board is located at 1504 Shattuck Ave and Cheese Board Pizza is located two doors down the street at 1512 Shattuck Ave in a neighborhood of Berkeley known as the Gourmet Ghetto for its high concentration of fine restaurants and food shops.

Founding and Collectivization

The Cheese Board was founded as a privately owned cheese shop in 1967 by Elizabeth and Sahag Avedisian (1930-2007). In 1971, the owners and their six employees converted their business from a conventional privately owned firm to an egalitarian worker-owned collective by distributing shares in the business equally between themselves and their employees and equalizing the wages of all of the new worker/owners. The semi-autonomous Pizza operation was started in 1990. The combined operation currently has over 40 workers.

Bakery

When founded, the shop primarily sold cheese, but by the early 1970s the Cheese Board began to experiment with baking bread. Bread was originally produced in small quantities as an informal, impromptu sideline. Although bread sales were initially minor they marked a shift from a purely mercantile business model of buying and selling cheese to a mixed model that combines on-site, artisanal hand-production with domestic and import retail. ...

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