Big Cheese

A shop where cheese is holey

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hopping for top-notch, gourmet cheese can actually be fun. Or at least it is at Concord Cheese Shop, whose affable and accommodating staff provides a level as service as sharp as the perfect cheddar. There are more than 150 foreign and domestic cheeses here, including Xavier David, a collection France’s top cheeses available nowhere else in Boston, plus sandwiches, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and condiments. And don’t miss the annual December parade, when the shop rolls out the red carpet for a 400-pound wheel of Italian Crucolo. But the best secret is the Friday Night Dinner Club: a three-course gourmet meal and a bottle of wine that you can pick up to enjoy at home. Graves

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The Concord grape was first developed in Concord by Ephraim Bull at his home on Lexington Road, where the original vine still grows, and Welch’s, the grape-juice company, is headquartered here.

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