Welcome Mila!

Cara had a baby girl Wednesday, March 25th, at 8:12 pm. Mila (Mee’ lah) Catherineanne Conn weighed in at 7lbs 15oz, about a half pound bigger than her sister, Lily. This little one has lit us all up, but probably no one more than her papa, James. Without any forewarning (because Cara’s deliveries are very fast), the doctor allowed James to deliver his daughter. He was VERY excited.
We’re very happy that everything went well and that the family went home Friday to start a new chapter together.

Cara and James want to thank everyone for their good wishes.


Metro Santa Cruz Goldie Awards

Metro SantaCruz, our local tabloid known for its in-depth reporting of issues of concern to Santa Cruzans and regarded as reflective of the progressive nature of our town, annually runs a readers’ poll to determine the “Best of Santa Cruz.” The awards are known as Goldies. This year’s poll was published this morning and Pacific Cookie won 2 awards: Best Cookie – Gold, and Best Local Business – Silver.

It’s hard for me to express how appreciative Shelly , Cara, Stacy and I are to the Santa Cruz community. Our family landed here in 1980, finding the perfect place to start a business and raise a family. This is a place that treasures its local businesses, and that encourages others to start up. The impact of UCSC, the visitors to the warm shore of the Monterey Bay, the proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, and the wonderful combination of redwoods, the cooling fog, fabulous wine and the coastal range make this a rich and special place. It is indeed the perfect place to raise the third generation of Santa Cruz Pearsons.
As a “Thank You” we are having a one-day 50% sale at our retail store on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, and for the next week a 25% off sale at our webstore.
Thank you to all our customers, and a special “Thanks” to everyone who voted for us.


No Baby Yet.


Cara’s 2nd due soon

I know waiting is supposed to be the hardest part, but this is kind of fun. Cara, my daughter and VP, is on maternity leave. She’s due March 20th but everything points to the next 15 minutes. She and James don’t know if the new one will be a boy or a girl, but their 3-yr old daughter, Lily, knows it’s a girl. I think so, too. EVERYONE else thinks it’s going to be a boy.
Cara’s had a very nice pregnancy, after the usual rocky start. She’s kept in great shape, she’s completed her nesting (thank God), and her birth support group is in place. Lily is pretty much on board, but we’re a little concerned about her sharing center stage. Lily has already claimed the tyke as hers. Boy or girl, it’s gonna have to be tough.
Cara’s sister, Stacy, and Ryan have a total boy-child, Ivan, 1 1/2. The love of his life (after his beautiful mother, his nanna, and his granddad, of course) is LILY. He is so totally captivated by her that he hardly feels the beating she occasionally rains down on him. Lily owns Ivan, calls him her “buddy boy.” Ivan hasn’t gotten the idea of a new cousin, but he’s such a happy, social kid that we know he’ll enjoy the heck out of it.
So the waiting is deliciously hard. Go, Cara! I’ll post the results.


We’re PUMP’D up and ready for a party!

Santa Cruz has been inundated with non-stop rain for most of February. While this is great for our empty reservoir, it puts parents everywhere in a bit of a pickle: where in Santa Cruz can you take an energetic 3 year old on a rainy day? Cara was just mentioning the lack of indoor activities for kids in town when, lo and behold, Sharon has a cousin with the solution! Lori Bettencourt (Sharon’s cuz) and her husband Joe have just opened the PUMP’D Inflatable Fun Center!

Located in Watsonville, PUMP’D Inflatable Fun Center features bouncing inflatables, giant slides, an obstacle course, a toddler corral, and private party rooms. PUMP’D will be having a Grand Opening Party on March 7, 2009 and Lori and Joe invite everyone to come join the fun. (Pssst… there will be PCC cookies at the grand opening…)

Lori and Joe are both excited to be joining the Watsonville business community. As the parents of twins, Lori and Joe know how important it is to have a fun and affordable, safe and clean place to take your children. They are PUMP’D up and are looking forward to providing great indoor family entertainment that can meet many budgets and entertainment needs.

It is great to see another locally-owned and operated business open in Santa Cruz County, especially in such tough economic times. I think PUMP’D sounds seriously fun! I may not be a kid, I may not have kids, but I can appreciate the total awesome-ness of bouncing on anything inflatable. PCC hopes PUMP’D has a wildly successful first year!

Get your socks on and visit PUMP’D Inflatable Fun Center at:

555 Main St.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 761-5321