Hey All - When I was in high school I worked for a gourmet cheese shop/grocery/deli in my hometown. I always wasn't a huge fan of their logo and wanted to redesign it, and really bring it to a new level of fancy. Their products are primarily imported from Europe, and they sell fine cheeses and meats.
Type in a shape version: taking the monogram from the first versions and putting it in a circle layout
zoomed in of the first pencil drawing
Traced with ink:
Rough vectorizations of my sketches (I took the pen drawing into photoshop, selected the inked part, took that into illustrator, and livetraced in CS5 on the lettering setting. I just do that so I can get it into a color-able format.) This allowed me to scale down the date, which was too large. I'm still not happy with the "BA"