Mak & Cheesecakes serves New York-style cheesecake with a Southern twist

The pop-up turned Simpsonville storefront features an expanded menu with a unique sweet treat.


Our pick: Golden crust topped with chocolate and strawberries. | Photo by GVLtoday

When the craving for something sweet hits, we have the perfect new spot for a unique treat: Mak & Cheesecakes — a New York-style cheesecake shop with a Southern twist — opens in Simpsonville Saturday, Feb. 11.


Opening the doors was a family affair. | Video by GVLtoday

Owner Lisa Forbes returned home to the Upstate after a trip to New York determined to create the perfect cheesecake recipe. After three years of trial and error, she nailed it, and Mak & Cheesecakes was born.

Shop owner cutting cheesecake.

We’re grateful for Lisa’s cheesecake perseverance. | Photo by Crystal Gibson

You may recognize her from slinging slices out of her cheesecake tricycle, popping up at spots like City Scape Winery and Wine Xpress Five Forks. Now, you can get a slice consistently in one spot: Her storefront at 510 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville.

With a new space comes an extended menu. Try new crust flavors like lemon and peanut butter still made of cookies, Lisa’s signature touch. Plus, make it sweeter with new toppings like housemade whipped cream, blueberries, peanut butter cups, and toffee.

A display case filled with cheesecake slices.

Sneak a peek at the display case. | Photo by GVLtoday

If you’re a fan of the original flavors, don’t worry — you can still grab salted caramel, strawberry, fudge, or just a naked slice.

Also new to the menu: A cheesecake-stuffed cookie sandwich and a selection of minis, in case you can’t just pick one flavor. We don’t blame you.

Chocolate chip cookie sandwich stuffed with cheesecake

We didn’t know we needed this in our lives. | Photo by GVLtoday

Stop in for a taste:

  • Wednesday-Friday, 12-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
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