Lucy’s Whey is dedicated to artisan cheese and provisions. We support the craftspeople and farms who make and grow good food. Our selection is seasonal, dynamic, and chosen with an emphasis on domestic and local, though we honor classic traditions from abroad as well. Each cheese presents distinctive flavors that reflect the farm, region and ingenuity of the cheesemaker, and it is our pleasure to share these cheeses and their stories with you.
Our flagship store, which opened in 2013, is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
We opened our first shop in East Hampton, NY in 2008 and, although that location has closed, we do participate in a Farmers' Market on the East End all summer long and are still very much part of the Hampton's community.
Meet Our Family...
Tess McNamara, Director of Retail and Operations
Born and raised on the border of Pennsylvania and NY, near the Finger Lakes, Tess was inspired by the devout gardeners and cooks in her family. Her entrepreneurial spirit first led her to pursue a degree in economics at the Pennsylvania State University. After working in finance and spending her free time cultivating a community garden and learning about issues surrounding agriculture and food justice, Tess followed her passion and enrolled in a masters program at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy. While living in Italy, Tess became an apprentice at a local cheese shop, and over time she began traveling with the third-generation owner on buying trips throughout Europe. For the better part of two years, Tess also carved out opportunities to make cheese with celebrated cheesemakers throughout Italy and England.
After returning stateside, Tess began working in the cheese caves at Murray’s Cheese, first as an intern and later as Cave Manager, building upon her knowledge of affinage, the science and art of cheese ripening. In tandem, Tess cultivated meaningful relationships with an incredible roster of cheesemakers, farmers, and fellow affineurs. Tess is an ACS CCP (Certified Cheese Professional of the American Cheese Society) and her writing has been featured in Culture Magazine and The Oxford Companion to Cheese, winner of the 2017 James Beard Award.
Tess joined the Lucy’s Whey family in 2014, relishing the opportunity to curate her own cheese case and manage all arms of a small food business.
Jackie Mitchell, Owner
Jackie is a longtime resident of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood in New York’s Upper East Side, where Lucy’s Whey flagship store is located. A skilled entrepreneur, Jackie spent years as a Wall Street executive and was instrumental in building Sempra, one of the largest energy trading companies in the world.
Jackie decided to trade the boardroom for the cheese case when she teamed up with her friend Lucy Kazickas to open Lucy’s on Lexington Avenue. Jackie met Lucy, who started the business in 2008, while they both served on the board of the Children’s Museum of the East End, which provides educational opportunities to children of all backgrounds and abilities on the eastern end of Long Island. The two women bonded over a shared passion for food, entertaining, and, of course, cheese!
Along with her entrepreneurial spirit and love of great food, Jackie has a real passion for community, and she is thrilled to lead a business where the mongers know your name at the cheese counter and provide a place in the neighborhood to discover real food. Jackie is an avid home cook and gardener who grows and cans her produce to enjoy throughout the colder months.