When We Think Santa Cruz, We Think Local

Pacific Cookie Company is a proud member of Think Local First Santa Cruz, a network of independent and locally owned businesses and community organizations joining together to promote economic vitality and preserve the unique character of our community. As a family-owned company being part of this greater community of local businesses is wonderful especially since we have been in business in Santa Cruz for almost 30 years! Wow, in August it will be thirty years since we first opened our doors on the Pacific Garden mall. Thinking about the years that have passed brings back so many fond memories of Santa Cruz. So many in fact that we thought it would be fun to do a blog mini series on an ideal day in Santa Cruz. In this series a few people from PCC will post about things they love about SC. I will go first…

A Perfect Day in Santa Cruz
By Cara

My perfect day in Santa Cruz begins with a Saturday morning early wake up call from our girls Lily (4 years) and Mila (1 year). As a family we walk up Seabright Avenue to our favorite breakfast spot, the Seabreeze Cafe for a greek scramble and some bacon waffles. With our bellies full we head to our neighborhood stomping grounds, Seabright beach, to run around before we get in the car and head north on hwy 1. But first a stop off at New Leaf Market on the westside for sandwiches and picnic supplies. Past Davenport we arrive at Wadell creek, a beautiful north coast destination and a wonderful place for a hike to check out wildflowers with amazing views of the coast. After our hike we collect rocks and shells at Wadell beach to remind us of our day. Tired we pile into the car to hit up our favorite kid friendly restaurant, Drunk Monkeys, for some cocktails and great pacific rim cuisine. With the kids in bed early we collapse on the couch and reflect on how lucky we are and how much WE LOVE SANTA CRUZ!!

Cookies, Kids, & the Pearson Family Photo Shoot

In recognition of pediatric cancer awareness month a few Vine Hill Elementary school moms collaborated with Cookies for Kids Cancer to hold a community bake sale. Michelle Riddle contacted Pacific Cookie Company to see if we would be willing the donate cookies for the event. It was so successful that the 250 cookies we donated were sold in the first 30 minutes and left a lot of hungry kids with two dollars in hand pretty disappointed. So disappointed in fact that Michelle and her friends decided to hold another bake sale the following week. The bake sale raised over $1200 for Cookies for Kids Cancer, a small non-profit that encourages people to hold bake sales to raise money to help fund pediatric cancer research. www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Michelle, a skilled photographer, was so appreciative of the donation of cookies she offered to do a photo shoot for the Pearson family. With three little ones all under the age of 4 years, Nana Shelly (owner of PCC) had always wanted to get a good photo of them together. One late afternoon in November her dream came true and here are some of the amazing photos that Michelle took.

Pearson Family

Clockwise from top left: Cara, Shelly, Larry, Stacy, Ryan, Ivan, Lily, Mila, James

Mila Lily IvanLeft to right: Mila, Lily, Ivan

Please check out her website/blog to see her other wonderful work. www.michelleriddlephoto.com.