Warm, fresh-baked large cookies will now be available to purchase in-person from a locally-owned Fresno business.
Crave Cookie made its fame by delivering cookies over the past couple years. On Friday, the business is opening its first physical storefront, giving patrons the opportunity to walk-in or drive-through.
Shandi Scrivner, one of Crave Cookie’s founders, started the business in her mom’s kitchen about two years ago.
“Now we have two fully functioning commercial kitchens,” Scrivner said. “We’re delivering about 500 boxes a day of cookies. Now with the storefront, it’s pretty surreal.”
The new storefront is located near Herndon and Highway 99 at the Marketplace at El Paseo and will be open Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The hours will be extended once more employees are hired, Scrivner said.
Crave Cookie plans to open a location in Clovis later this year, and national shipping is on the horizon as well.
The transition from a ghost kitchen to a physical storefront is one of the bright spots for local businesses over the last year.
With the delivery model, Scrivner said Crave Cookie was able to stay open as California shut down many businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were able to stay afloat through COVID with delivery. People were still buying. Our business actually grew during COVID, which was a blessing. We were able to invest that all back in our business and open this store,” Scrivner said.
“We have a lot of people every day saying, ‘Hey, we want to pick up cookies.’ We weren’t able to provide that to them, and now we’ll be able to.”
The store will have chocolate chip, churro and sugar cookies available at all times, as well as a rotating flavor of the week.
“We’re grateful that we’re a local business and people like to support local,” Scrivner said. “We partnered with Kuppa Joy for coffee, so we’ll have their coffee here. We partnered with Rosa [Brother’s] Milk, so we’ll have their milk here as well. Lots of local businesses to support.”