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A tastemaker in the world of cheese

Cheese monger Peter Lovis has been behind the counter at the old-fashioned Concord Cheese Shop for more than a decade, but his love of cheeses goes back to the 1970s.

He has seen the preferences of American taste buds change from a handful of standards like Jarlsberg and cheddar to today’s mind-boggling artisanal selections. Lovis, 51, began his career at 15, working at a mom-and-pop store in New Jersey. He advanced to a gourmet shop, then an import company, and finally a distributor before buying the shop in Concord.

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