The Hand Crafted Cookie Company in Phoenixville – 2 Thumbs Up!
Bad time to open a business? Maybe people donâ€™t have money for plasma TVâ€™s and new cars but everyone can spare a dollar for a nice guilty pleasure, AKA a Hand Crafted Cookie. You can feel a lot less guilty about eating these cookies considering they use all natural ingredients.
The Hand-Crafted Cookie Co. opened at the end of January. It was opened by just Chad Williams and his wife Theresa taking them about 2 months.Â They are getting ready to hire their first employee later this week.
The Cookie Company sells retail out of their store in Phoenixville but also are big into the wholesale side, taking on catering jobs, church events, fundraisers etc.Â Other local businessâ€™ actually sell their products as well.
â€śWe’re not big risk takers, â€śsays Chad â€śWe’re calculated risk takers, this is just step one in the grander goal, we just didnâ€™t want to bite off more than we could chew.â€ť Starting small allowed this couple to come all out of pocket for expenses, being able to open their business without any loans. When asked how business is holding up during the recession Williams replied, â€śBusiness is great, we’re getting ready to expand to another location soon.â€ť
The feel inside the cafĂ©Â is very warm and comfortable. The tables are close enough and not too close to each other almost â€śforcingâ€ť people to talk to the table next to them.Â They even encourage bringing children and pets in and have treats on hand.
â€śIf you canâ€™t pronounce it, you probably shouldnâ€™t be eating it,â€ť says Williams. And they are currently focusing a new non allergen line of products.
Something a lot of businesses have been forgetting about is the social responsibility that comes along with owning a business. This company does their own compost at home and at their business along with separating their trash as well.
â€śPeople need to learn to be more socially responsible, weâ€™ve become far too dependent on food being quick and in abundance, and weâ€™ve forgotten about quality and health. If we all just did our part we could help shape this country for the better in such a small amount of time.â€ť
THCC is also really big into charity. They pick a charity each quarter and donate $500, plus whatever they collect throughout that quarter from customers. They donate $100 out of their personal pockets as well.
Cookies can be purchased almost anywhere, and you can definitely buy cookies for a cheaper price. What you have to remember is you get what you pay for and these cookies will exceed your expectations by a mile.
Check out the website here – www.thehandcraftedcookiecompany.com
P.S. Chad was nice enough to give Roy (my fellow reporter) and I some sample dough to take home and bake. We baked them up right away and took them into the office and they were a huge hit! Vicki, our office manager, (someone who strongly dislikes oatmeal cookies) really enjoyed the Blueberry Bliss Oatmeal cookies. We all give the company two thumbs up!
Signing out: Marcus Shellenberger