History of The Cheese Shoppe

The Cheese Shoppe is a Long Beach Island icon for over 40 years and has remained a family run business since it was originally established in 1981. 

1981 – Dan & May Fodor founded The Cheese Shoppe and had two shops located in Surf City and Beach Haven.  Truly a “cheese” shop focused primarily on providing the best cheeses to the greater LBI.    

Jaime & Angela on Deck

1987 – 2021 KayCee Roth Byrd

KayCee Working

The Fodor’s ran the shops for six years until 1987 when they retired to Florida and the ownership transitioned to KayCee Roth.  KayCee operated both shops with her mother Pat.  They wanted to expand the shop’s purpose beyond just cheese so they started adding gourmet products.  The gourmet groceries were a perfect complement and soon the business needed to expand.

1992 – Pat decided to retire and it was decided to sell the Beach Haven location and consolidate into the new larger Surf City location. 

1993 – Surf City location moved from 8 Long Beach Blvd (currently the home of How You Brewin? coffee shop) to its current spot at 1800 Long Beach Blvd. 

1996 – KayCee married Greg Byrd and together they raised their two children, Rachel and Ryan, who later worked at the shop.  

2021 – KayCee decided to retire and was brought together by happenstance with the current owners, Jaime & Angela Ryan, who have been part of the Surf City community since 2012. As part of a conscientious transition plan, Jaime began working for The Cheese Shoppe in the summer and helped close up in October.  In November 2021 the ownership changed hands officially. 

2021 – Present Jaime & Angela Ryan

Jaime & Angela behind the counter

2023 – Jaime & Angela remodeled Surf City’s Cheese Shoppe location to modernize and include heat which allowed the great team to now stay open year-round!

2024 – After many decades and many many requests from customers to reopen a Beach Haven location, Jaime & Angela are bringing The Cheese Shoppe home to Beach Haven! Estimated to open in May 2024 the new shop is located at 615 N Bay Avenue (Previous home of Braxton’s and Queen City Inc.)

Jaime & Angela by the Shoppe Sign
Jaime Open Year Round

The Cheese Shoppe Surf City

The Cheese Shoppe Beach Haven