For years Steve Buresh made cheesecake for friends and family, but when he lost his job, he decided it was time to take control of his career. With the tremendous support and encouragement from his wife Kelli and daughters Julia and Jennifer, he started his own business, Steve Buresh’s Cheesecake Store in 2011.
The store began with no store at all, but in a shared use commercial kitchen that allowed Steve to sell his cheesecake at local farmers markets. The markets provided Steve an opportunity to show off his cheesecake creations. His slices became very popular and soon restaurants wanted whole cheesecakes. Steve saw more potential than just selling wholesale, so he started to sell as a local food truck using his “Cheesecake Mobile” which is a modified Scion Xb Van Steve built in his garage. Slices deemed too messy, so Steve needed something different to hold his cheesecake. After seeing some mason jar canning videos, Steve decided to try baking cheesecake right in the Mason jar. After many broken jars and failed attempts Steve discovered a successful process. The mason jars were something that no one had seen before. Steve proclaimed “My Slices come in a portable jar” and fans from all over flocked to his “Pop-up Stops” in parking lots all over the Chicagoland Area to buy this crazy creation.
In 2015, despite the bumps along the road, Steve finally was able to open up a brick and mortar shop in Plainfield, Illinois and then another larger store in Oswego, Illinois in 2018. “It’s the greatest feeling when you supply a product that makes customers happy and they come back for more.” Steve Buresh