In 1977 Jeff and Mary Tierney had no idea the
incredible turn their lives were about to take.
Mary was a registered nurse and Jeff, a student
pursuing electronics. Jeff worked for his brother
Mickey’s famous Lawson Pub Restaurant, where a family
recipe (Linda’s cheesecake) was selling as fast as it
could be baked. Soon
thereafter, they decided to take a chance in the dessert
Whistle Stop Bake Shop opened in a tiny store at
the Oceanside Railroad station in June 1977.
Cheesecake was the sole offering.
Business, both retail and wholesale, grew steadily
the first year. In
June 1978 Clint Roswell of the New York Daily News
published a survey for the Sunday Edition titled,
“Legging it After Cheesecake.”
Where can you find great cheesecake outside of New
York City? He
and his staff conducted a taste test of cheesecakes from
bakeries and restaurants around Queens and Long Island.
On June 11 the Sunday News rated Whistle Stop
Cheesecake #1! Business
exploded! People came from all over to taste this
Customer’s and restaurant’s requests for more
variety sparked the addition of many new items.
Family recipes from Granny to Nana to Aunt Siggie
and Mary account for most of the products sold today.
Jeff’s love of sweets and passion for quality
have enabled him to fine tune the many delicate recipes.
Today Whistle Stop produces a full line of equally
Through the years Jeff and Mary worked with
Jeff’s parents by their side and many times, with three
children under foot.
Theirs was truly a family business.
Many family members pitched in on holidays or
worked in the store during college years.
Today, their son, Dan who is a graduate of the
Culinary Institute of America, heads up a talented bakers.
Megan, whose picture appeared in the 1978 News
article, has recently returned to the family business to
add her own personal touch.
Lisa Gibbs, retail manager and all around “go to
girl,” has been a favorite of many customers and
employees alike for more than 30 years!
A commitment to the highest quality and personal
service has been a primary ingredient at the Whistle Stop.
This commitment will be carried on in the family
business for years to come.