In 2007, we met at a playgroup for our kids and quickly discovered we both had several things in common: while we loved the challenges of parenthood, we were two stay-at-home moms who missed our former high-energy careers.
While serving fresh baked cookies at a birthday party, Leah casually mentioned to Laura that her friends always told her to sell her delicious cookies but she wasn’t a “salesy” person. Laura quickly saw an opportunity and said, “I can do that!” And so it began.
CookieZen LLC formed in June 2009. We started selling the cookies in a local wine shop where Laura thought it would be fun to pair the cookies with wine. Always up for a baking challenge, Leah got out the mixing bowl and we started creating Cookies & Corks—sweet and savory cookies for wine pairing. Who knew that our little company with big, gourmet baked-to-order cookies baked out of Leah’s home kitchen would so radically change the course of our lives?
Over the next three years, we poured our hearts and souls into growing the business (trust us—diving headfirst into the retail food industry with zero background knowledge was not without its challenges!). We owe so much of our success to our incredibly supportive family and friends as well as the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) who was instrumental in putting us together with our packaging designer, food scientist (to increase shelf-life), pairing expert and several retailers.