Fat T's Cookies is a small business in Akron, Ohio. The first time we tried Fat T's Cookies we fell in love. They were a huge hit at our Holiday Maker Mart! We recently interviewed owner, Travis, to learn more about his local Cookie empire. Meet Fat T's Cookies at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018!
Tell us about your local business.
Fat T’s Cookies officially became a business in October of 2017 in Akron, Ohio. My company was recently named “Best In CLE” by Cleveland Magazine. I specialize in Big. Fat. Chewy. Quarter. Pound. Cookies.
What drew you to your craft?
I fell into baking by accident. After moving back from grad school in April of 2017 in pursuit of a full time job, about two months into that I needed to get my mind off the job search and wanted to get a gym membership. I started looking for ways to make $40 to pay the monthly membership and in June 2017, for the first time in my life, I decided to bake a cookie.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
My personal favorite cookie I make is my seasonal S’mummer Camp. It is a s’mores flavored cookie. Besides just being flat out delicious, half of the net proceeds from this cookie go to the Akron Rotary Camp. The Akron Rotary Camp is a camp for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities that I worked at for 4 years and forever left an impact on my life.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Let’s do this one in stages. Real little, a magician or an astronaut because who didn’t?!? During high school I realized that I had a passion for high school athletic administration and pursued that during my undergrad and graduate years in college.
What is your creative process?
My creative process is pretty random and sporadic. I try to push the boundaries of what a traditional cookie is. Normal is boring and never gets remembered, so I try to think BIG!
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I would tell 16 year old Travis “Be unapologetically yourself and never try to be someone else.” Only one you, so be the best you that you can.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
No big idea started off big. Everything starts from an idea and blossoms from there. Besides helping someone with their dream, you might find the next big thing.
Why do you love doing what you do?
Seeing people smile. I’m not in the cookie business, I’m in the business of people. The best customers I can have are happy ones.
What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?
You can only make shots if you shoot the ball. Take chances, make mistakes, but always move forward.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
Always finding something new to do (especially eat). Most people don’t realize that Ohio is a giant melting pot. Luckily for me, Northeast Ohio has expressed that in the culinary aspect. One day you can eat authentic Polish food and the next you can experience Napali food.