“These are the best cookies I’ve ever had in my life,” said a student at Atlanta INtown’s 20 Under 20 dessert reception hosted at the Drew Charter School in East Lake. A parent exclaimed, “I’m going to send these to everyone I know.”
We were gathered at Drew to honor students who are giving back to the community. And, for dessert, a poignant – and tasty – example from The Cookie Studio of how a business model can give back. The company’s motto: “Cookies with a Cause.”
The Cookie Studio owner Barbara O’Neill donates a portion of the earnings to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, a place she was a full-time volunteer for many years. Realizing that she could combine her passion for baking with her commitment to the shelter, she created this business to bake treats and provide on-going financial support to ease the burden of homelessness for women and children.
Enthusiastic about the 20 Under 20 reception, Barbara plated-up an assortment of freshly baked cookies, including: Sugar Cookies, Cookie Studio Classics, Chocolate Decadence, Going Nuts, Crazy for Oatmeal, and a plate of nut-free variety for students with allergies.
The Cookie Studio menu also includes brownies, toffee bars and cupcakes. They can deliver gift orders locally, arrange out-of-town shipments, and cater business meetings and events. Or, you can drop-by their store in Decatur and select from the cheerful cases. The staff, mood in the store, mission and desserts are like sunshine.
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