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About Us

Steffen and Jenny

Stand Alone Cheese opened its doors on June 1, 2019 in Jackson Heights. The shop is owned and operated by husband and wife team (and Queens residents) Steffen Kenney and Jenny Armstrong, who met through cheese while working at Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro in New York City.

About Us

Although we are a small shop, we seek to pack our shelves with a wide selection of cheeses, meats, and specialty foods. We carefully curate our cheese selection and like to carry what we consider to be the best example of a particular style of cheese. We have what we feel is a great mix of European and domestic cheeses.

Our goal is to make cheese fun and accessible to everyone and alleviate that overwhelmed feeling that people sometimes have when purchasing cheese or specialty foods. 

We love Jackson Heights and are honored to be a part of this incredible community! Thank you for your continued support.

Halloween at Stand Alone Cheese

Our Team:

Katie Machen, Shop Manager and Communications Director
Rachel Chrystie, Cheesemonger
Thomas Lehman, Cheesemonger

Interviews and Mentions of Stand Alone Cheese:

August 2021 - Mentioned in the New York Times Sunday Routine column by Josh Russ Tupper, an owner of Russ & Daughters. "How a Babka Baron Spends His Sundays," by Paul Frangipane

June 2021 - Our three-meat sandwich got some love from Eater New York's "Best Dishes Eater Editors Ate This Week," by Bao Ong

July 2020 - We chatted with Open Borders Books about some of our favorite cheese reads

May 2020 - Podcast Interview with Alfonso Quiros of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group on small businesses surviving the coronavirus

May 2020 - Culture Magazine's Shop Talk by Dana Ferrante

June 2019 - Standing Out, Not Alone: New Cheese Shop Opens in Queens, by high school journalists Vivian Carper and Sophia Pavlidis