Our Story

Home of the flagship store, The Cheese Lady – Muskegon is a local staple and part of a revitalized downtown district. If you haven’t visited in a while, now is the perfect time!

Shelley Essebaggers Lewis

Shelley Essebaggers Lewis

Owner, The Cheese Lady - Muskegon

Where it all began.

In 2016, I had the incredible good fortune of purchasing the The Cheese Lady’s flagship location in downtown Muskegon, taking over for the original Cheese Lady, Kathleen Fagan Riegler.

Kathleen has left huge shoes to fill. Fortunately, I learned from the very best – Kathleen herself!

Nearly a decade ago, I found myself back in Muskegon after four years in Ann Arbor. Having earned a taste for artisanal cheeses at a variety of Ann Arbor cheesemongers, I was overjoyed to discover Kathleen’s booth at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market. It wasn’t long before Kathleen opened up a small cheese shop storefront, and soon after I was there with my resumè to see if she could use some help.

‘I’m never going to be busy enough to need any help,’ I remember Kathleen saying, but just a few weeks later she was busy enough to hire me.