Christopher Pride, owner of Middletown cheese boutique Fromage, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club.

Pride said he had a dream of establishing his own business. After his retirement from Verizon, Pride was able to pursue that dream, linking it with his love of cheeses and fine wines. Pride said chefs take hours preparing a meal only to have the patrons devour it in a short period of time.

His cheese boutique turns the tables around on this type of situation, replacing it with one whereby customers can enjoy diverse European cheeses while sipping wines as they sit in a lounge, on the patio or even at a counter.

Pride attempted to recreate the look of a French farmhouse in an upscale atmosphere.