Today we’d like to introduce you to Hollie Chamberlain.
Hollie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Passion for Baking:
I love to bake and have been working on my techniques since I was a youngster with my Easy-Bake Oven. It may not have been a real oven but I sure came up with some clever creations. As I got older, edible gift giving to family, friends and neighbors became a cherished family tradition. And our Shortbread cookies were always the most highly requested treat.
Family and traditions are important to me. Some of my earliest and fondest family memories are enjoying The Flower Fields® every spring with my parents. It was always followed by a stroll in the Village and lunch by the sea at the Harbor Fish House — it just didn’t get any better than that!
More recently I enjoyed an 18-year career within the Wine & Spirits industry. I had a lot of opportunities along the way, but I found my passion for creative expression through pairing wine with food. Working alongside some of our most notable chefs I was captured by their talents and commitment to their craft. Being a true pastry chef at heart, I came to the realization that devoting myself full-time to my passion of baking would take me on my most rewarding journey of all.
This fusion of my interests led to the development of our savory shortbread cookie collections that pair beautifully with still wine, sparkling wines and even whiskey! Pairing wine & spirits with food is more of an art than a science and one I thoroughly enjoy.
A Perfect Mix of Ingredients:
I live in beautiful Carlsbad, CA where our climate provides an unparalleled agricultural landscape for producing locally grown harvests. I’m proud to support our local farmers and committed to utilizing only the finest local, sustainable and organic ingredients.
Combining my love of baking with my love of Carlsbad and my most cherished memories led me to create Carlsbad’s very own farm-to-bakery® cookie company. I hope you find Carlsbad Cookie Company as sweet as I do!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not a smooth road! It’s was scary to leave a corporate job with security to pursue your passion. When it gets tough you start to doubt yourself but I’ve found that if you work hard and stay with it, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Trust your instincts.
One of the biggest challenges at first was simply figuring out how to set up my business correctly, There are a lot of logistics to sort out before you can even start the fun part of building a brand! I did quite a bit of research and took my time with every step to ensure I was doing things correctly. It took longer then I expected to launch my business but it was worth it.
Slow and steady wins the race! In the very beginning, I found myself not asking for help… thinking I can do it all by myself and boy was I wrong! It is the support of my family, friends and the community that keeps me going! And of course when someone bites into one our cookies and says oh my gosh….. this is SO good. I grin and at that moment, it makes it all worth it!
Please tell us about Carlsbad Cookie Company.
Carlsbad Cookie Company is an online specialty bakery that specializes in handcrafted artisan shortbread cookies. We base our trademarked farm-to-bakery philosophy – using locally grown and sourced ingredients. We incorporate many Carlsbad touches into our baked goods from our strawberry preserves made from local berries to the look of our cookies, which is a nod to Carlsbad’s ranunculus flower fields.
We bake fresh to order and our cookies are individually wrapped to seal in that freshly baked goodness. We are the first to develop stuffed shortbread cookies, which has become some our most popular offerings like our dark chocolate, caramel-filled shortbread with a hint of sea salt, one our best sellers. We have year-long flavor offerings and limited edition seasonal offerings like one of our spring flavors which is blueberry with a lemon curd filling and a hint of thyme. If you love lemon this one is for you!
We are also very proud to support our community through our involvement with fundraisers, and various community events throughout the year.
We also specialize in the art of gift giving with our beautifully designed packaging to the personalized handwritten greeting cards we will include with your gift. If your looking for corporate gifts, we have offered automated gifting programs to make your gift giving easy. Let us do the work and have your gift leave a lasting impression.
Whats next on the horizon? In the fall, we plan to add a line of savory cookies, with flavors such as blue cheese shortbread with fig reserves and fresh ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese with olives. They can be paired with sparkling wine, still, wine and even whiskey, and are a perfect accompaniment to charcuterie plates.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Asked for help sooner and realized I can’t do it alone!
- Address: Mailing address: 1700 Aviara Parkway, Ste# 130744, Carlsbad, CA 92013
- Website: www.carlsbadcookiecompany.com
- Phone: 760.824.3030
- Email: email@example.com
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