about 30 years ago. My dad just moved and found this article about me and my parents that I have been looking for since the spring. When I was born, my parents owned a cookie store in downtown Atlanta. When the “cookie people” had me, the newspaper did a write up. I was born on a Friday and went to work with them on the next Monday. I have to admit that I have a crazy sweet tooth that I blame on them. I guess I could also blame my entrepreneurial spirit on them to so it’s an even trade. Anyways, here’s the text of the article:
COOKIES AREN’T JUST FOR CHILDREN
by Mark Chapman
Whoever said “cookies are for kids,” obviously hasn’t visited Grandma’s Cookies in downtown Atlanta.
Shop owners Lee and Elisa Wampler cater to a crowd of office workers on Peachtree Street with hardly a child in site.
The Wamplers decided on a shop specializing in old-fashioned cookies “because we felt it would be easy setting-up this type of business,” said Lee.
The rustic walls and floors along with antique furnishings give the shop an early 1900’s parlor-type atmosphere. While the interior belies the two years of the shop’s existence, it accents the fact that many of the cookie recipes are more than 100-years-old. The store got many of its recipes from a similar store in Athens.
“Some of the antique pieces in the shop were handed down by my family,” Lee said, such as an antique phone on one of the walls of the shop. “It’s like a step into yesterday, and you don’t find many stores like this anymore,” he added.
The store really seems like home now that the Wamplers bring their new daughter to work with them.
Lee and Elisa are the proud new parents of a 3-week-old baby girl, Avie Nicole, who sleeps in her crib in the kitchen of the shop while her parents serve customers.
“It’s a place where people who work in the area can come and escape from the daily rigors of their jobs,” he said of the shop located at 117 Peachtree Street, NE.
Lee and Elisa bake more than 3,500 cookies daily including chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut-butter, brown-knee, cinnamon toast and super natural rock which has no sugar, but is sweetned with honey. All the cookies are baked from “scratch” and personalized orders are prepared in decorative tin canisters that may be given as gifts.
“We want to please customers no matter how unusual an order they place,” said Lee.
There’s a distinct affection between the Wamplers and regular customers like downtown office worker Lin Mankin who says, “I adore the shop and it’s owners.”
I hope to scan some pictures of the shop this weekend and maybe I can wrestle up a cookie recipe for next week too!