Encinitas resident Karen Macbeth has been baking since she was a little girl. Everyone always told her to start a cookie company. About a year ago, she took their advice and launched Nana Keeks Cookies.
"My nickname is Kiki, and I'm a grandmother so Nana Kiki, but when I went to trademark the name, Kiki was trademarked with another baking product so I switched it to Nana Keeks," explained Macbeth.
Along with her daughter-in-law Monique Johnston, the duo turned a passion for baking into a store-bought product.
"September 20th they started selling at the Albertson's in La Costa, in the freezer section at the end of aisle eight," said Macbeth.
Nana Keeks uses organic grains and sugar to make the dough, which is prepared about twice a week in a rented kitchen space in Carlsbad off Palomar Airport Road.
Nana Keeks also offers gluten-free cookies and is coming out with a mini variety soon.
"My ideas come from what I like. My favorite is chocolate chip pecan. I like chunky cookies. My kids love the peanut butter chocolate chip flavor," said Macbeth, who added, "I never get sick of cookies."
Macbeth and Johnston are in talks with several local grocery stores and markets about getting their product onto their shelves.
In the meantime, you can purchase Nana Keeks Cookies at Albertson's in La Costa, Del Mar, Pacific Beach, and Clairemont Mesa for $12.49 a pack. Or cookies can be purchased online at nanakeeks.com for $12.99. They do offer shipping and will also deliver locally for a $5 flat rate fee.