My love for baking and decorating cookies started out how many people start out in the bakery business, in our family kitchen decorating Christmas cookies. My sisters, Joan and Susan, and I would help my Mom bake the cookies and would then sit at the dining table surrounded by colorful bowls of icing, toothpicks and table knives.
Soon school, work and a hectic lifestyle got in the way of my love for decorating sugar cookies until I had my own daughter, Kate. For Kate’s second birthday party, I asked my sister Susan, who is a brilliant cake decorator and cookier, for her favorite cookie and icing recipes so I could make some kitty cookies for Kate’s “Kitty Cat Luncheon” party. After that, I was hooked and found myself making cookies for any event I could find.
By January of 2018, I knew I had found a way to incorporate my creativity and love of cookie decorating with my 25 years within the retail industry and make a business doing what I love. People want a beautiful experience, from the website to the packaging, cookie design to the actual cookie itself. And I was confident that I could provide such a product.
By October 2018, I founded Vignette Bake Shop, an online bakery specializing in custom decorated sugar cookies and sweets. With the success of my first holiday season and a major revision to the Maryland Cottage Law, I decided to revise my focus in 2019 to clients within Maryland and local events.
Starting February 2019, Vignette Bake Shop will operate under the revised Maryland Cottage Food Law (amendment HB 1106) where all cookies will be baked, decorated and packaged out of my home in Gaithersburg, MD. Though this will limit the shipment of orders to only customers residing within the state of Maryland, it will allow me more time to work on additional “finishing touches” for each cookie as well as additional online content to share with customers on my website and social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest). Additional shipping and delivery updates will include the new option of utilizing a local delivery service within Montgomery County, MD, and significantly lower shipping costs via USPS regional ship rates.
I hope you love my cookies as much as I love making them for you!