If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Food is fun – who said wine and cheese have to be snobby? Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop combines both food and fun, offering the finest selection of cheese to Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Our goal is to educate our customers about the finest cheeses, charcuterie and offerings. Our cheese counter offers a rotating stock of over 200 different artisanal and small-batch cheeses from across the U.S. and Europe. Let our cheesemongers help you find the perfect cheese, pairing, and pantry items for every occasion.
Driven, hard working and passionate is the perfect description of the visionary team that is Sharon Crisafulli and Betty Gardiner. Sharon and Betty have worked side by side over the last 29 years to develop and expand their most prized philosophy—SERVICE. It doesn’t matter what business you are in, excellent customer service is imperative. It is only an added bonus that this duo also happens to be mother & daughter.
Their vision is to bring the finest cheeses, both imported and domestic, charcuterie, and the perfect accompaniments to the Greater Washington, D.C. area. “Not only do we want to sell cheese, but we also want to educate people about cheese and the entire culture that surrounds it,” says Sharon.
While maintaining their professionalism, they have also made it a point to weave fun into their culture. Be sure to introduce yourself when you come to the store, as you will always be greeted with a smile and a sample of something delicious!
Sharon has been a licensed real estate agent in the state of Maryland for over 29 years. The last 14 years of her career have been spent serving as a Manager and Vice President for the largest independently owned real estate company in America. Throughout her tenure she has hired, trained and managed over 1,000 individuals and has received numerous accolades for her award-winning office.
A big believer in setting goals and dreaming big, Crisafulli has had the date marked on her calendar for years—and the time is now. Leaving a job she loved was a tough decision, but she wanted to pursue her passion for the culinary arts. Even while working full-time, she managed to educate herself through numerous culinary trainings and classes. In August of 2001, Crisafulli graduated from the United States Personal Chef Associate program. She has also trained in pastry, Wilton cake decorating and fondant.
A skilled entrepreneur, Betty has managed and run several successful businesses in her lifetime. In the early 60s, many women were establishing themselves as homemakers, but this gal wanted more than that. In 1968, she and her husband, Bernie, opened the first of their retail empire—Mason’s Flowers. Through the coming decades, the two went on to open a retail gift store and three additional flower shops. Since then, Gardiner has practiced as a licensed real estate agent in the state of Maryland for 36 years and has managed offices for several real estate firms in the Greater D.C. Metropolitan area. Even with her busy schedule, she finds time to give back to the community by dedicating time to charitable and service organizations. A proud member of Kiwanis International, she served as Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis Capital Region (2006-2007). When asked where she gets her seemingly endless supply of energy and motivation she said, “follow your passion and the rest will come easily.”
Director of Marketing
The lifeline of any business is its youth. Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop is fortunate to showcase the talents of our Director of Marketing. Caitlin is graduate of Towson University. In college, she interned for an upscale publication where she wrote and published the third most read article of 2014. Crisafulli was also fortunate enough to have further developed her writing and culinary skills while studying in Italy and traveling through Europe. One of her favorite quotes is by Charles Bukowski, “We think Art is its own excuse, and it’s either art or it’s something else. It’s either a poem or a piece of cheese.” We think this sums it up pretty well.