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Meet Sue Leedom of Mollie B’s Cookies

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sue Leedom.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sue. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a small town in the Southern suburbs of Chicago. I became a foodie at 8 years old. My grandmother was one of 5 sisters in a tight knit Jewish family.

The “girls” were always baking and cooking something delicious. Money was tight so they would get together for something called, “coffee and . . . ” The “and” was something baked and definitely made from scratch.

When my mother passed away from cancer when I was 11 years old, we moved to California. I was in charge of cooking and taking care of my family. So, I would collect recipes and get invaluable advice from my aunts and grandmother on the “how to’s” of baking.

As an adult, I spent 30 years in the corporate world. I was good at it, but it wasn’t for me.

Then, unfortunately, I was diagnosed in 2001 with ovarian cancer. I spent the next 10 years in treatment and various surgeries.

When energy permitted, I never stopped baking and realized how important family traditions were. I tried to reinvent myself many times over, when one day my husband said, “just make the cookie already!” Light bulb moment.

So, in 2010, Mollie B’s Cookies was born. Owning a business is not for sissies, that’s for sure. Now that I’m in it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I look back to when I started and I realized I have come so far because of my persistence and my passion, as well as the loving support from my family, friends and fellow mompreneurs. What keeps me going is my “why”.

Mollie B’s “why” and my mission are very simple: Slow down, take a bite of something delicious and handmade, and take a minute to connect and share with those you care about. None of us are promised tomorrow, and my wish is to help you enjoy today to the fullest!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has definitely not been smooth! I’ve rented 3 different commercial kitchens since I started, and now I have landed for a bit and it feels great.

I’ve learned the most, believe it or not, from the mistakes I’ve made along the way.

The first boo boo was choosing the wrong person to do my website. I was so new, and I had no clue how to hire the right person to do anything.

I also remember the day that I made friends with my numbers (after buckets of tears). I realized then that running my own business is no joke. So, you make a decision, put on your ‘big girl’s pants,’ and carry on.

I’m so much more confident today than I was six years ago BECAUSE of the difficulties and challenges that I faced. I’m sure there will be more. Bring it on!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mollie B’s Cookies story. Tell us more about the business. What sets you apart from others?
Mollie B’s cookies is based on family recipes and traditions. I have added my tweaks, just because I need to gild the lily. Our flavors are the simple flavors of your childhood. I saw no need to reinvent the original wheel because with everything going in our crazy daily lives, I wanted to offer something special and handmade to remind us all that sometimes simple is best.

It’s not just about the cookie. It’s really more of a cookie experience.

We specialize in deep dish cookie cakes, corporate gifting, gift baskets and cookie subscriptions.

I’m most proud of the fact that I care so much about what goes out of my kitchen! If I wouldn’t give it to my grandmother, I’m not going to give it to you! Trust me, I have thrown out many a batch.

There are so many great cookie companies out there. That’s a tough one. I think what sets Mollie B’s apart, is the fact that it’s not just about selling cookies, I really want to know that Mollie B’s helped make your celebration, your gifting, or your day that much better. That is such a huge joy for me!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think the answer is simple. I think we make our own luck. For me, it’s really about keeping your eyes and ears open, and make sure that you are prepared when opportunities come your way.

Bad things happen. But to say, I or we have bad luck, I don’t really adopt that philosophy. My belief is that things happen “for us” and not “to us.”

Pricing:

  • Cookie Cake – $35 for 10″ / $50 for 14″
  • Gift basket(s) start at $50
  • Cookie Subscription(s) start at $28.95 for 12 month subscription

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