She's the award-winning, cookie baking woman behind Grey Ghost Bakery.

She’s the award-winning, cookie baking woman behind Grey Ghost Bakery.

It’s time for Three Questions with Katherine Frankstone 83C, founder of the award-winning – and growing – Grey Ghost Bakery based in Charleston, South Carolina.

So Katherine, you started baking cookies for family and friends. Now you’re the  founder of Grey Ghost Bakery. What has the process been like to go from non-profit fundraiser to full-time business entrepreneur?

KF: We had no idea that our cookies would be so well-received. We launched the business in 2012, and it’s been steadily growing ever since.  In fact, to keep up with increasing demand we recently moved our operations to a 12,000 square foot baking and warehouse facility in Charleston.

Can you tell us about the growth process? Does this mean you continue to expand your product line beyond your initial offerings of molasses spice, chocolate espresso, and cinnamon pecan cookies?

KF:  We’re always evaluating new flavor options, both sweet and savory. In March, we launched a new lemon sugar cookie. Our lemon sugar cookies are hand-topped with pearlized sugar and candied lemon peel, and they’re quickly becoming our customers’ favorite. We were delighted to receive 2014 SOFI Award finalist recognition for Outstanding Cookie by the Specialty Food Association. The win completely validated our vision for a different kind of bakery.

Grey Ghost Bakery cookies are available online as well as at specialty retailers across the country and in Canada. Your products have even been launched in select Whole Foods Markets. How do you keep pace with demand?

KF:   The internet helped build our business, and our blog and Facebook help us share great news in real time. We are a tight-knit staff at Grey Ghost, and we keep each other motivated, even when the days seem too short on hours. It’s been a whirlwind, but every day is exciting and incredibly satisfying. With our recent expansion to new facilities, we’re better prepared for higher demand and distribution. And we can’t wait for what comes next!

Thanks, Katherine!

Connect with Katherine at Grey Ghost Bakery.

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GALA NYC is looking at 2014 as a building year.  First, we are looking to expand our membership by reaching out to more alumni in the New York City metropolitan area.  We have partnered with the Emory Alumni Association to compile a list of individuals we feel would be receptive to attending a GALA NYC event.  Additionally, it is our intention to partner with other schools for our signature events.   We have reached out to Rice, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Chicago and Wash U. with the hope that they could both co-sponsor and have a presence at future GALA NYC events.

In speaking to past and planned GALA NYC events, we hosted our Winter Social on February 25, 2014 at Vlada Lounge.  15 people attended and it was a nice cross section of class years and schools.  In looking to the future, we are in the midst of planning our Pride Happy Hour.  The event is scheduled to take place on June 24th and we are looking to host it at the Aspen Social Club in Midtown.

This year’s success would not be possible without the help of my board. To each of you, thank you for your hard work and dedication. As always, should you have any questions or suggestions for future GALA NYC events, please let me know.  I look forward to seeing everybody at future GALA NYC events.

Brian I. Sperber, Esq. 07C, Chair of GALA New York

 

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