Local Cookie LLC grew out of Elizabeth Pyle’s love of homemade baked goods. For ten years, she’d been baking for her family and for parties, and listening to friends say, “These are the best cookies! You should sell them.” In the fall of 2010, she decided to do it.
Elizabeth noticed that commercially-made cookies were getting bigger and bigger; one cookie could feed four people. And her children liked having their own cookies, not a broken-up piece of a larger one. Elizabeth decided to make old-fashioned, regular-sized cookies and package them in a 6-pack. She also makes scones, biscotti, and other baked goods, but she approached Weaver Street Market with her line of shortbread cookies because locally-made shortbread was unique. The shortbread cookies come in three varieties: Dried Cranberry, Espresso Chocolate Chip, and Toasted Coconut. The Dried Cranberry cookies are heart-shaped because cranberries contain heart-healthy anti-oxidants. All Local cookie products are nut-free and made with locally-milled, organic Lindley Mills flour.
Formerly a designer at an architecture firm in northern California, Elizabeth and her family moved to Carrboro in 2007. As she started her second career as a baker, she realized what a good area we live in for entrepreneurial small businesses. Certifying her home kitchen was a straightforward process; she made a business plan including how she would handle production and storage. The Department of Agriculture staff seemed interested in helping her and other home kitchens get started.
Local Cookie goodies are available in six stores including Weaver Street Market, and Elizabeth is evaluating her business growth. If she expands, she might move production to a commercial kitchen; but it’s nice to be working from home while her children are in grade school.
And it’s nice to have old-fashioned shortbread cookies made right in Carrboro. Visit Local Cookie at www.localcookie.net.