A Little Bit About Us

Cheesetique was conceived and is owned and operated by “Cheese Lady” Jill Erber.

Jill graduated from The University of Chicago in 1998 with a degree in Computer Science and moved to Northern Virginia to work in software development. Being too much of a foodie to stay behind a desk, Jill wanted a way to work for herself and be surrounded by her favorite food: cheese! With the unflagging support of her husband, she founded Cheesetique in 2004.

The original shoebox-sized location, in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, was bursting at the seams from the get-go. Hoping for more retail space and wanting to open the kind of joint where cheese and wine enthusiasts could gather, Cheesetique relocated to a larger location and added the Cheese & Wine Bar in early 2008. Then, in 2011, Cheesetique opened its second location in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.

Our Head Honchos

Del Ray

  • Missy Pankow, Store Director
  • Nina Thompson, Front of House Manager


  • Thomas Ferraro, Store Director & Cheesetique Cheese Director
  • Angel Rivera, Front of House Manager