We opened our first shop in East Hampton, NY in 2008.
We have since grown into Manhattan opening our Chelsea location in 2009 and then our Upper East Side location in 2013.
In 2014 we also delved into the restaurant side of the food business and opened our first restaurant inside of our Upper East Side location.
We are so proud to be able to create beautiful meals out of the well-cared for products we feature in our shops as well as amazing produce from farms in Upstate NY.
Although our East Hampton 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...
Lucy Kazickas, Co-Owner
Lucy grew up in a family of five children with a mother who loved to cook and entertain. Her earliest memories are of accompanying her mother shopping for food. First they would stop at Mr Cortesi’s produce shop where they would pick out fruits and vegetables that were in season. Back then, there were no strawberries from CA or asparagus in winter. Then they’d go to the butcher or the fishmonger, depending upon the menu. Her mother knew exactly the cut she would want or the type of fish, but there was always a conversation about the quality.
Lucy has continued her mother’s love of food and friends with her own family, with summer dinners for many on the terrace and breakfasts of blueberry pancakes and mimosas, a tradition her mother started.
What she loves most about her role at Lucy’s Whey is visiting the farmers and cheesemakers who make the cheeses she sells, seeing how they treat their animals, hearing their stories and feeling their love for what they do. Second best is introducing their exceptional cheeses and passing their stories on to her customers.
Jackie Mitchell, Co-Owner
Jackie Mitchell met Lucy on the board of the Children’s Museum of the East End, where the two bonded over a shared passion for food, entertaining, and, of course, cheese! 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 is a longtime resident of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood in New York’s Upper East Side. Her passion for community, along with her entrepreneurial spirit and love of great food, inspired her to join up with Lucy as a partner in Lucy’s Whey’s newest location. Jackie knew that Lucy’s Whey was just what the neighborhood needed – a place to linger over wine with friends, a cheese counter where the mongers know your name, and a place that feels as cozy and welcoming as one of her own intimate dinner parties. When she’s not enjoying dinner in our cafe or out and about in Carnegie Hill, Jackie loves to cook for her husband and two daughters at their home.