Tri-City Herald - - Front Page - BY WENDY CULVERWELL wcul­ver­well@tric­i­ty­her­ald.com Wendy Culverwell: 509-582-1514

Rich­land’s long­time cheese and wine shop, Cheese Louise, is closed for good fol­low­ing owner’s death.

The owner of Rich­land’s long­time cheese and wine shop, Cheese Louise, died Mon­day.

Tamara Fel­ton Hoover Krieger, who owned the pop­u­lar shop with her hus­band, Bill, was 54.

Their busi­ness that opened in 2009 in Rich­land’s Park­way off Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Way is closed for good.

“She was the busi­ness,” her sis­ter, Mur­phy Fel­ton, told the Her­ald. She noted her sis­ter re­cently hosted her Ken­newick High School Class of 1983 re­union at Cheese Louise.

The Kriegers ini­tially opened Tamara’s Gift and Teas in Walla Walla and added Cheese Louise in about 2005.

The cou­ple found an un­ex­pected Tri-City fol­low­ing when they brought their trav­el­ing booth to the Rich­land Farm­ers Mar­ket.

Fel­ton said her sis­ter, whose mid­dle name was Louise, knew she needed to have a store there as well.

Fel­ton, who was liv­ing in Nash­ville, said her sis­ter con­vinced her to move home to the TriCi­ties to help out.

When the Rich­land store took off, the Kriegers closed the Walla Walla shop to fo­cus on The Park­way. They still have a Walla Walla home.

Cheese Louise paired ar­ti­san cheeses, beer, wine and food in a com­fort­able space that the Tri-City Her­ald de­scribed as “laid-back” in a story pub­lished shortly af­ter it opened.

The busi­ness also in­cluded a wine bar and deli and a cater­ing busi­ness fo­cused on winer­ies.

On Oct. 4, Fel­ton said her sis­ter was in Spokane vis­it­ing a friend when she suf­fered a stroke. She was taken to Mul­tiCare Dea­coness Hos­pi­tal and later to The Chap­laincy in Ken­newick, where she was cared for un­til her death.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band and sis­ter, Krieger is sur­vived by her son, Zach Hoover, sis­ters Chrys­tal Eberle and Re­becca Ro­jas and broth­ers Mike, Glenn and Rus­sell Fel­ton.

Friends and fam­ily plan a me­mo­rial next sum­mer at Can­non Beach to honor her in­tent to cel­e­brate her 55th birth­day there.

BOB BRAWDY Tri-City Her­ald

Rich­land’s Cheese Louise is closed fol­low­ing the death of co-owner Tamara Fel­ton Hoover Krieger.

Tamara Krieger

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