Best of Boston

2009 Best Gourmet Shop, North


Shubie’s gets the nod this year for upping the ante in the cheese department, where scores of familiar and rarely seen varieties pack the cases: Cowgirl Creamery’s Mount Tam, Jasper Hill’s Constant Bliss, and more. The selection changes frequently, depending on what cheese expert Doug Shube discovers, which means even those who stop by to raid the store’s mouthwatering takeout section or shelves of expertly chosen wines inevitably drift back to the cheese counter to see what’s new.

16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, 781-631-0149,