So, what happens when FootLocker closes up shop in the Fillmore District in San Francisco? Make way for cookies!
For years I baked a really good chocolate chip cookie that got rave reviews. I baked thousands of those cookies for a variety of causes. Then I went to work at the inner city high school where we baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Again, thousands of cookies to fund all the basic supplies for the business department. The recent newsletter from Urban Solutions had an article about a new cookie business opening on Fillmore Street, and I knew I had to go inspect it, and tell you, dear Reader, all about it, since I know my way around a good cookie.
Bumzy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies is a mother-daughter run business in a new retail space in the Fillmore District. The small shop had previously been the storeroom for FootLocker, but they closed up and left. Sheila Harris and Toni Young went to work, literally from the ground up, turning the space into a pristine, eat-off-the-floor clean, cookie store. Plumbing, electrical…it all had to be done. And then there is that floor drain that is so crucial to a commercial kitchen. To hear Toni tell it, the whole permit process was enough to make them age considerably. But nothing stopped these two ladies who have a passion for baking cookies. A passion and a recipe that goes back 80 years.
Sheila’s mother, Sadie, taught her to bake; Sheila taught her daughter, Toni, to bake, and Toni’s brother, Taron, was the taste tester. Toni’s dad always called her “Bumzy,” so the cookie’s name was set.
Bumzy’s cookies are 100 percent organic, made with high quality ingredients, mixed by hand. You can see the very spartan kitchen where the work is done.
I love the fact that these are baked each day, just the right amount for what will sell, and that there are NO PRESERVATIVES. Just plain old honest ingredients like you would use if you were making cookies in your own kitchen. But Toni and her mom are getting up early and doing all the work. Just come by after 11 and enjoy the fruits of their labor. And for those of you who aren’t close to San Francisco, you can order the cookies. Check the website for more information about that option.
Bumzy’s 1460 Fillmore Street San Francisco 415 346-3222 www.bumzys.com
There’s more than just cookies to this story that resonates with me. Cookie baking is an encore career for these two ladies. Sheila had a 23-year career as an ICU nurse and is now getting ready to take the California bar exam, and Toni has worked as a court reporter and a model. Now they are following their cookie passion and becoming entrepreneurs.
This post was written with the help of Janice Lee, Development and Communications Director at Urban Solutions. To read more about their projects, check out this post I wrote in May.