Business Spotlight: The Cheese Queen

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The Cheese Queen continues a family tradition

For Megan McGinnis, it’s continuing the family business with a new twist. Hailing from a family in the grocery industry, McGinnis opened The Cheese Queen, located at 156 Brownsville Road Road next to The Deck, over one year ago. Since then, and between catering events, you may have seen her serving up tasty snacks for our music series, art walks, and at her own Women in Business events.

Her grandparents started with a grocery stand in the 1940s which later became a brick and mortar shop. Her Aunts later continued the tradition opening McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores with locations operating from 1980 to 2018. Megan’s interest in specialty food and cheeses started with learning from her grandmother’s passion for it, following her to shops as a kid. Then it grew working for her Aunts stores.

the cheese queen boardShe started The Cheese Queen as an event planning and catering company before shifting to a full-service brick-and-mortar charcuterie store this year. The store offers cheese plates, charcuterie accessories, charcuterie-themed home decor and more. Customers can make custom orders for their events or pick up ready-made snacks during business hours. Additionally McGinnis is offering classes in charcuterie presentation and hosts events and bridal consults in the space.

The Cheese Queen has made waves within the Pittsburgh foodie community. Check out more articles on Pittsburgh Magazine and NEXTpittsburgh.

Starting in March, The Cheese Queen will have regular store hours. Come visit Megan and her team Thursday-Saturday from 11am to 3pm in Mt. Oliver Borough!