Happy Fourth of July!

My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary every year with a magnificent fireworks show because, you guessed it, we were married on July 4th! The Fourth of July is one of my favorite days of the year – not just because it’s my anniversary – but because I’m a complete sucker for this holiday! Yes, I know that the family barbecues, beach parties, and Piccolo Pete’s are not the real reason we should be celebrating, but it certainly is a great way to celebrate our independence, wouldn’t you say? Every year, I reminisce about the fireworks shows I’ve seen and the ones my family “created” for us kids in the backyard. Yet no Fourth of July party is complete without writing your name in the air with a sparkler or two!

This year, my husband and I will be enjoying our 3rd anniversary on a Napa Wine Tour and a night on the town in the city – San Francisco, that is. We both can’t believe it has already been 3 years – time sure flies! Stay tuned next week for an update on our tour…and maybe a historic review of the wineries we sampled at.

In other news, our Cherry Bomb cookie made its summer debut at our retail store a few weeks back and it’s still goin’ on strong. In fact, stop in at our downtown location on July 4th and pick up your FREE CHERRY BOMB COOKIE (with purchase of one cookie) when you mention you saw it on our blog! You might even pick up a few dozens to bring along to your July 4th barbecue to enjoy with family and friends – share a taste of Santa Cruz!

Happy Independence Day to all our Pacific Cookie Lovers – enjoy the beautiful weather, and a FREE COOKIE too!

 

-Emily

The Significance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this Sunday, May 30th. With a little patriotic spirit we introduced the Stars and Stripes Cookie Gift Box (see below) and for every box sold, we will donate $1  towards the Santa Cruz County Veterans Center.

Although we Americans tend to celebrate Memorial Day these days with great shopping deals, beach trips, and barbecues, the significance of this day runs far deeper than the superficial media-run holiday it has become. So I thought I’d put together a few fun facts to enlighten you on the purpose of this day, and the significance it has, or at least SHOULD have, for the American people…

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Memorial Day is a celebration of those who have, and continue to fight for our country– the men and women who have fought for our freedom and democracy since the American Civil War that ended in 1865. The traditional day of honoring this holiday was on May 30th, either because it was NOT the day of any battle, or because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. Either way, the first celebration took place on May 30th, 1868, and was known as “Decoration Day” – a day that the people of America could, with beautiful flowers (namely the red poppy), decorate the graves of those soldiers who gave their lives in war. Businesses closed, and residents flew their flags at half staff. Even today, flags will be flown at half staff until noon to honor the deaths of each soldier; after noon, those same flags are to be raised to full staff to commemorate those soldiers who are still with us.

Whether you pop a cold one and watch the Indy 500 with family, or take to the outdoors for a hike over your 3-day weekend, take a moment during the day to reflect on the real reason for Memorial Day. Your chance to do so will happen at 3 p.m., when our nation is called upon to take a moment of silence for the brave men and women who have fought to uphold our freedoms.

The National Moment of Remembrance was signed into Congress in December 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” (see http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp). So take it upon yourself to recognize this time – turn off the T.V., put down the video game controls, pause your game of tag football, and close your eyes, put your hand over your heart, and thank our brave soldiers for the sacrifices they have made.

This is our history. Be proud. Show your American spirit. I hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Weekend.   I know I will! 🙂

It’s Our 30th Anniversary!

We just turned 30 and we’re celebrating with an awesome line up  of festivities!

1.   Visit 1203 Pacific Ave for these daily specials:

Tuesday, September 21st:
$1 off a half dozen cookies of your choice

Wednesday, September 22nd:
$1 off a scoop of Marianne’s ice cream on a cookie

Thursday, September 23rd:
ALL COOKIES 50 CENTS EACH! 10am – 8pm

2.   For those Pacific Cookie lovers who can’t make to the retail store, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Save 30% off your order at www.pacificcookie.com when you use the coupon code ANNIVERSARY. Offer valid through Wednesday Sept 22nd. Orders must be shipped by Nov 22nd. Discount does not apply to the cost of shipping.

3.   Do you like to draw? Do you think our cookies are super? Is Dr. Midnight your hero?
ENTER TO WIN ONE DOZEN COOKIES EACH MONTH FOR A YEAR! Visit the Promotions page for details.

Thank you to all of our amazing customers over the last 30 years. You guys are what makes it all possible!

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is THIS Sunday… what are you going to do for Dad?

My dad is pretty easy… something sweet, some time to play or watch golf, and maybe a barbecue and he’s one happy camper. One of the perks of working for the Pacific Cookie Company is that I’ve always got the “something sweet” covered.

What about your dad? What’s his favorite Father’s Day treat? Has he amassed one awesome tie collection? Does he always appreciate a new tool for his arsenal? If you’re stumped as to what to do this year (or maybe just want to make this Father’s Day a little sweeter) take a peek at our cookie gifts. From the dad with a serious sweet tooth to the father-in-law who has everything, one of our cookie gifts is sure to please.

BONUS: Save 15% when you order online at www.pacificcookie.com now through 6/22/10 and use the coupon code DADSAVES. Yum yum!