. . . .Well, Because Of A Memory.
in her kitchen many years ago; Carolyn's husband Doug and their
three grade school sons were around the kitchen table "carrying
on". A Kansas snowstorm was blowing outside. Carolyn was baking cookies.
At the time, Carolyn had no idea where this event would take her
or how it would affect her. Doug has since passed on, the boys have
grown, the kitchen in the farmhouse has been updated and expanded. "The
only thing that looks the same" she says, "is the snow."
I picked cookies because when I recall this memory, I can still
hear the happy banter of my family, smell the aroma of freshly
baked cookies, and hear the winds that were building snowdrifts
outside. Most of all I remember the feeling of warmth and coziness
that surrounded us all."
A few years after that night while working as a secretary, Carolyn
realized that she wanted to own her own cookie company. She worked
as a secretary by day and mixed up cookie dough out of that same
farmhouse kitchen by night. She did this week in and week out for
several years. Through right and wrong business decisions she persisted,
stayed determined and got constant support from Doug. In 1988 she
quit her secretarial job and followed her dream full time.
she outgrew her farmhouse kitchen, she rented a tiny house at the
edge of Little River. The business continued to grow, and a couple
of years later she bought and renovated a larger building on Main
Street that had been vacant for 30 years. In 1995 she started marketing
her "Little Ol' Cookie House" cookie
dough to organizations just like yours. She built her company on
two basic philosophies:
Treat Our Customers As Our Friends."
Simply Make The Finest Cookie Dough."
these philosophies, and with the help of her dedicated staff, family,
and "Treating Our Customers As Our Friends", her business
continues to grow and prosper.
Throughout all the years a framed credo has hung in her office.
It's the one she lives by, and especially during the tough times,
those were the words that always pulled her through.
in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not;
more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination
alone are omnipotent."
Coolidge said it-Carolyn Wright lives it.
that's how her company started and has grown, but there's still
more history behind all this. Carolyn grew up in Wichita , Kansas
. She married Doug, her high school sweetheart in 1963, and they
were blessed with three sons. How she ended up in Little River
is to begin to know her husband Doug. One day in 1972 he came home
and exclaimed "Honey, pack the kids and our clothes, we're moving
to Little River." Earlier that day he bought 160 acres of farm ground
and a big old farm house on a handshake and a prayer. The elderly
couple he bought from wanted their land to go to a family-a family
with kids to be raised on their farm. (God bless Clyde and Madge
Rush.) Even though this new farm life was hard work and completely
different than anything they had ever done, it was an exciting adventure
and one of the best gifts that Doug gave to his family.
1998, the same year that Carolyn's cookie business made its first
profit, Doug passed away. You see, Doug lived his life with constant
pain from injuries he received in an automobile accident as a teenager.
Carolyn knows without a doubt that his pain and death, and her successful
business efforts, were more than a mere coincidence. She knows that
God gave her a way to make a living now that Doug was gone. When
asked where she got the power to be so persistent and so determined
through those tough years, she says it came from her love for Doug.
They both had worked hard to make a life, and raise their three sons.
Those three boys who had bantered with their dad around a small kitchen
table in the middle of a snowstorm years ago, and had embedded such
a strong memory for her, have grown to become three good men.
continues to bless Carolyn and her family with a growing and thriving
business; a business that is committed to helping worthy causes-just like yours-attain
their financial goals. She accompanies those beliefs with a business
philosophy of commitment, service, and quality.
Carolyn's "Little Ol' Cookie house" is located in Little River,
Kansas, a town of approximately 500 people. She has about a dozen
full-time employees. Although the production facility is larger and
more automated, her staff continues to mix up "Simply The Finest
Cookie Dough"...just like Carolyn mixed by hand in her country kitchen.
If you're ever in this area, please stop by. Our friendly family
and staff are always happy to talk with "Our Customers, Our Friends".
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