New cookie business benefits disabled

Becky Hobart, executive director of Ariel Clinical Services, sets up the cookie stand in anticipation of a kick-off open house to introduce the new product to the public.

Anyone can be a gourmet cookie maker with the help of Ariel Clinical Services new client-run business, Charley’s Cookies.

The adults with disabilities who receive services at the clinic are hosting an open house today from 11:30 a.m. To 1:30 p.m. at 2938 North Ave. to introduce their newest entrepreneurial endeavor to the public. There will be free cookie samples.

Charley’s Cookies will begin offering frozen cookie dough balls for sale, $12 for two dozen.

The business will be run in conjunction with the “What’s Up Dawg” hot dog cart the clients run weekly as a way to gain work experience.

“This a lucrative and meaningful job for our clients,” said Carrie Over, deputy director.

The extremely popular hot dog cart is a seasonal business, however, and the clients needed to find a way to work through the winter months as well.

“This new business is an extension of our dogs,” Over explained.

The idea to sell cookie dough, and the secret recipes, came from the executive director’s husband, Charley.

Charley’s Cookies will begin offering two flavors to start, coconut chocolate chip and peanut-raisin-chocolate.

The clients are making the dough in the professional kitchen at the Business Incubator, said Becky Hobart, executive director.

“This kind of work really does help these kids get jobs,” Hobart said, “It’s a real selling point to employers.”

To order dough, visit Ariel Clinical Services, 2938 North Ave., or call 245-1616.


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