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Sweet Success of Queen City

Sweet Success of Queen City
This local cookie maker used to be just a word-of-mouth hidden gem, but now she has arrived with the opening of a new retail location in Findlay Market. Read on for more.

 

102411CAREER.jpgIt was the 2008 Christmas issue of Martha Stewart's magazine that sparked the idea of Queen City Cookies for owner Peggy Shannon. The magazine's cover was graced with cookies make from Springerle cookie molds. "It was easy to become obsessed with the molds, and my collection today totals over 500," says Shannon. "It was a complete love affair with the passion of baking and the beauty of these historic reproductions of 14th through 16th century molds that I strived to create edible masterpieces."

 

Not only did Shannon fall in love with these cookies, but customers were infatuated with the intricate detail each cookie displayed as well as the delicious taste as a whole. Shannon took notice of this, and it struck her that maybe she would be able to sell these cookies and possibly earn enough to give back to the community that she loves.

 

"My main goal for Queen City Cookies is to generate enough revenue that I can give it all back to the incredible arts and social service organizations we're blessed by in Cincinnati," Shannon says. "That goal remains my daily motivation."

 

Through word-of-mouth, Queen City Cookies has become one of the most sought-after treats in the tri-state and beyond. "Currently we're in about eight states and 32 stores," says Shannon. "Locally, people can find Queen City Cookies in Nest, Joseph Beth, Picnic and Pantry, College Hill Coffee & Tea, Cork & Bottle, Keegan's Seafood and soon Whole Foods. Queen City Cookies are also available online at Sur La Table."

 

If that's not enough, you can now find Queen City Cookies on Saturdays and Sundays in its new store in Findlay Market, located between Churchill Fine Teas and Market Wines. Before this new expansion, most of its sales came from online sales.

 

"Locally, as our reputation grew for creating a quality product that was unbelievably unique, people continued to ask if they could pick up their products at our bakery, instead of incurring shipping costs," says Shannon. "We felt that it was important to honor our fans' requests, and opening a retail location was the smartest way to give our fans an full access to Queen City Cookies."

 

After researching several locations, Shannon decided that Findlay Market was the perfect place to open shop with its rich and deep history, sense of community and the abundance of fabulous food. "As a company that's committed to making a positive impact and being a part of the fabric of the Queen City, we could think of no better way to support the ongoing revitalization of Over-the-Rhine than to make a significant investment in Findlay Market," says Shannon.

 

Once Shannon made the decision to take the plunge and join the Findlay Market family, she set things into high gear and opened her store in less than a week. Not an easy task for a space that had not been occupied in years with no running utilities, but nevertheless, Queen City Cookies' retail store was ready for its close-up.

 

"All of the copper had been stripped. It needed cleaned, painted, new lights and more. It's a charming space that delights our guests. So, it was worth the herculean effort to convert my vision to reality," Shannon says.

Amy Wray -

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