Kai's Kookies opening second location!
Kai's Kookies and More Bakery is opening in the former Hanzel and Gretel location near Northlake Mall in Charlotte, NC
Kai’s Kookies and More Bakery was started by Patrick and Tracy Watkins the proud parents of Kai, their 17 year old daughter and Aiden their 11 year old son. Kai, the namesake of the business had to be revived at birth and was soon diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy a condition caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. Kai’s parents were told that their daughter may never speak, see or walk. Patrick, a UNCC alumni and a Civil Engineer, and Tracy, a Clemson Alumni and former Electrical Engineer in the Textile industry both found their jobs casualties of the declining Textile market in the early 2000’s and the recent recession that devastated the economy beginning in 2008. After being laid off in 2011 and with what remained of his savings Patrick chose to embark on a journey opening a Bakery in a shopping center close to their home. After opening in the summer of 2011 the Watkins had to overcome the many hardships of operating the new business with limited to no income and getting their customers to overcome the impression that they were not located in the best environment. Not knowing much about running a Bakery business the Watkins relied on the customer base Tracy had developed while baking custom cookies at home and Patrick began Marketing and developing recipes that reflected his background of growing up in a Military family that lived in the South and overseas. Soon word spread of the one of a kind treats made with exotic spices they offered and the beautiful creations made in the small shop.
Soon after opening the Bakery was broken into and most of the equipment was stolen along with some of the inventory. The Watkins decided to push through this setback and expanded their hours to midnight, opening on Mondays and delivering sweets thru out the Metro. They also begin to position themselves by marketing extensively thru social media, their local community and on the internet.
Today Kai’s Kookies and More Bakery has positioned itself as one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets. With its presence in Steele Creek at the Charlotte Premium Outlets and a second Bakery coming on line in the Northlake Area this spring Kai’s Kookies continues to process orders that come in daily from as far away as Europe, India, Mexico and the West Coast. Many people visiting Charlotte make a special trip to the Bakery to sample a taste of its products or carry some home. And Kai’s has recently been voted as the 9th best cupcake shop on the East Coast by Scoutology. Not a small task in the Four years since its opening in 2011 by the two budding entrepreneurs.
Opening soon at 8535 Hankins Road suite F, Charlotte, NC 28269 near Northlake Mall 980-819-8256
Must-Try Item: The Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie, a triple chocolate brownie with chocolate chips, scratched made red velvet cake and cheesecake swirled together. For more details, visit http://www.kaiskookies.com.
Kai's Kookies and More Bakery