A Little Bit About Us

Cheesetique's owner, Jill Erber

Cheesetique’s owner, Jill Erber

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. In 2011, Cheesetique opened its second location in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington. And in 2016, Cheesetique’s third location opened in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington.

Our Head Honchos

Del Ray

Nina Larkin, Store Director
Scott Freestone, Front of House Manager
Natasha Shishkevish, Kitchen Manager


Missy Pankow, Store Director & Cheesetique Wine Director
Alexa Kulpa, Front of House Manager
William Poe, Kitchen Manager


Thomas Ferraro, Store Director
Tasha Lewis, Front of House Manager
Andrew Hetrick, Kitchen Manager