In 2020, amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Cookie Co. emerged as a brainchild of Elise and Matt Thomas. As they diligently worked to establish the inaugural Cookie Co. location, Elise personally crafted her distinctive cookie recipes in her home kitchen, using authentic ingredients like real eggs, genuine butter, and pure cane sugar. Hand-preparing hundreds of boxes each week for convenient driveway pick-up, Elise swiftly earned the affectionate moniker of “The Cookie Lady.” With the organic growth of a social media following, it became evident that Elise’s passion project was evolving into a fully-fledged business. The first Cookie Co. store opened just around the corner, enabling the company to cater to an expanding community of devoted Cookie Co. enthusiasts.
Meet Elise Thomas, the visionary behind Cookie Co.
The story of “Gourmet cookies, made locally” unfolded in the heart of Redlands, California.
Founded in 2020 amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic by Elise and Matt Thomas, Cookie Co. had humble beginnings. Elise, the driving force behind the scenes, meticulously baked her signature cookie recipes at home, using authentic ingredients like real eggs, genuine butter, and pure cane sugar. Handcrafting hundreds of boxes each week for driveway pick-up, Elise quickly gained the endearing title of “The Cookie Lady.” As an organic social media following grew, it became evident that Elise’s passion project was evolving into a full-fledged business. The inaugural Cookie Co. shop opened just around the corner, expanding the reach to serve a growing community of devoted Cookie Co. fans.
In August 2020, against all odds and without traditional marketing, the flagship Cookie Co. location emerged, relying solely on the allure of great cookies and the satisfaction of happy customers spreading the word. Armed with their exclusive recipes, Cookie Co. introduced a weekly rotation of four flavors, with the ever-popular Chocolate Chip cookie always making an appearance.
Cookie Co.’s mission is rooted in becoming the quintessential local cookie shop, an integral part of every thriving town—a symbol of happiness, comfort, and hope. Committed to supporting local initiatives, investing in the community, and paying it forward through charitable giving, Cookie Co. believes in the transformative power of each local cookie shop in fostering thriving and interconnected communities.
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