University students no longer have to wait for their cookies from Milk & Cookies to be delivered. They can now get their sugar fix from the company’s store, which opened on Feb. 27.
“It’s been mind-boggling. People keep coming in and buying cookies,” owner Lauren Ariev Gellman said.
Milk & Cookies opened up their new storefront at 14 Chambers St. Before then, they were delivery only, operating between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. The current shop is also open every day except Monday, with varying hours.
Gellman has planned to open up a brick-and-mortar shop ever since she began her delivery service in 2016. The service is popular among students at the University. Student groups often utilize the Milk & Cookies catering service for study breaks. But Gellman noted that being delivery-only was never the final goal for Milk & Cookies.
“We’ve been trying to get here,” she said. “It just took a little while.”
The store sells 14 types of cookies, including the traditional chocolate chip cookie, and have introduced a unique “London Foggy” cookie, which is flavored with Earl Grey tea, according to Gellman. Milk & Cookies also sells beverages.
Gellman said that the reaction to the store has been all-around positive, with many customers praising her decision to open a store in addition to the delivery service. The building has had a sign on its window and door since last year saying that the storefront would be open in September 2017.
“People have been coming in and going, ‘You’re finally open! That’s wonderful,’” Gellman said.
Before opening Milk & Cookies, Gellman often baked as a pastime with her three daughters. After two of her daughters left the house, she wanted to continue baking cookies.
“I wanted to keep baking, but I didn’t want to eat them all,” said Gellman, “so I decided I should find another way of doing it.”
Chinenye Azoba ’18 has ordered from Milk & Cookies before and is generally positive about the business’s new storefront.
“Although I think it’s cool to have a new store, I’m afraid that deliveries will slow down as a result, which might be a little inconvenient when I need an easy, last-minute study break,” Azoba said.
Despite the worry, delivery hours are the same as before the opening of the new store. The store itself is open on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.