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August 31, 2004 > Cookies by Design®

Cookies by Design®

When the holidays arrive or a special occasion closes in, the usual question that plagues shoppers is "What can I give that will be noticed, appreciated and practical?" Often the good 'ol standbys are employed and gratefully accepted. However, wouldn't it be terrific to give something that shouts originality, fun and thoughtfulness?

Business appreciation gifts, special personal days and holidays (coming soon!) are happy times calling for festive gifts that lift spirits and spark comment. Cookies by Design has the answer. Located in Fremont and serving the Tri-Cities, this cheerful shop can design just the right cookie for the special people who deserve a sweet sentiment that not only looks and smells great, but tastes good too! Although the shop can answer immediate needs through some great cookies without personalized messages, give Nancy Fullerton and her staff 24 hour advance notice and they can produce a special cookie or bouquet of cookies that will be the centerpiece of any celebration.

Nancy first became acquainted with Cookies by Design® when working in the high tech industry. Cookie Bouquets were used as corporate client gifts and when her boss received a bouquet of cookies decorated as computers, she thought, "What a wonderful way to express yourself!" The company continued to use cookies as client and employee gifts or promotions because of the wide variety of ideas, appropriate for any occasion.

Nancy and her husband, Jeff, had previously discussed opening their own business so when the high tech business climate turned sour, they decided the cookie business would be something they would enjoy. Although Jeff remained at his "day job," he joins Nancy and the Cookies by Design staff after his "non-cookie" hours are over. Nancy says that "Cookies by Design franchise presented a welcome change and challenge. Cookies can express just about everything from 'Thank You' to 'Get Well' to birthdays and even football or baseball parties. She adds, "They are a happy gift to get." The cookies are hand-decorated and "people are intrigued by the detail that can be achieved with icing." Questions of whether these creations are edible are quickly answered when tasting the artwork - a "wow" on the taste meter!

Theme party cookies are a specialty here. Customers can even bring in a small toy or present to be included with the Cookie Bouquet. Recently, a customer wanted cookies patterned from a magazine article on scrapbooking. Cookies designed as scrapbooking bumper stickers were a big hit with friends who share her hobby. "We are allowed by the franchise to be creative and that is a lot of fun," says Nancy. "Our cookie molds are versatile and can be used in different directions and combinations to make many special shapes and accommodate a huge range of designs." Holding one mold, Nancy shows how it can be used in a variety of configurations to make many different cookies - a Christmas lantern, Pilgrims at Thanksgiving, a Halloween Frankenstein and more.

Everything is made fresh at the store. Between six and ten varieties of cookies are baked at the store every week. For those who need a delicious snack without the personalized decorations, there are plenty of undecorated gourmet cookies for sale here too including favorites like chocolate chip and chocolate chip with pecans!

Two types of dough are used for Cookie Bouquets - sugar and cinnamon brown sugar. Last minute arrangements are available too, since a small number of bouquets are kept for cookie emergencies. Cookies by Design also delivers within the greater Tri-City area including Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and Milpitas. Since this is the only Cookies by Design in the Tri-City area, Nancy has delivered (delivery charge applies) cookie bouquets and even a single cookie to San Leandro, San Lorenzo and even Oakland.

The gift of cookies extends far beyond the Tri-Cities. There are 250 Cookies by Design stores nationwide, including Hawaii. A toll-free number connects callers to the closest store and allows easy ordering wherever the lucky recipient resides. However, a visit to our local shop is always worth the time and there is nothing like a quick cookie break to brighten a day!

Cookies by Design®
5174 Mowry Ave., Fremont
(Mowry East Shopping Center)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(888) 882-6654 - store locator

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