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post #1 of 131
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I've seen a lot of curiosity about COOKIES BY DESIGN. I was thinking we should start a thread to post things we know about this company. I'd love for this thread to grow with info from anyone who may have worked for the company or knows how they do things.

Anyone with some info to share ???
post #2 of 131
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I personally am very interested in knowing how they get their designs to look so perfect. Do they use a projector, stencils, or what? I am always so blown away with their ideas and how well they execute their designs.

Although sometimes I think their website pictures look amazing, and then when I go window shopping at one of their stores I think to myself that they look amateurish. The pros probably decorate for their web pictures, and then it's up to the individual skill level of each franchise to make their cookies look as good.

I have to say that I think the taste of their cookies has improved recently. My son brought one home from a party - and I couldn't stop eating it. I thought it was delicious. That was not the case many years ago - I used to think they tasted way too bland. People are always offering me their opinions and 9 times out of 10, they say they wouldn't eat their cookies - either because of taste and/or they're too thick. I always smile, however, and try to be as polite and professional as possible.
post #3 of 131
I will say that I used to work for a C by D, and I was required to sign a privacy statement to insure I would not share any secrets of the company. I'm not sure if that was just while I was working there or if it still applies.
post #4 of 131
Normally a privacy agreement or non-compete agreement lasts for a specific period of time. It can be any length of time though. I think I remember someone telling me there was a 2 year non-compete disclosure they have to sign.

Thanks Julia

edited because apparently I can not type today!
post #5 of 131
jstritt, im sure that rule no longer applies!! haha, start spilling...
post #6 of 131
It's been longer than 2 years, so if this was the length of the agreement, then maybe I can share. Hmmm... icon_rolleyes.gif
post #7 of 131
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Originally Posted by jstritt

It's been longer than 2 years, so if this was the length of the agreement, then maybe I can share. Hmmm... icon_rolleyes.gif

OOOO, yes, please do. LOL
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post #8 of 131
I will check on the privacy agreement thing, but in the meantime, I will tell you that there are not that many great secrets. Just a few little tricks. I will let you know more when I know more!!! Don't want to get sued or anything.
post #9 of 131
Can't believe I stumbled upon this thread! I was talking to a neighbor today (who recently moved here from CA) and her daughter's last job in CA was in a CbyD. I asked her daughter about the secrets and she would not divulge (and I can understand). She said her non-compete was for 2 years also. So, jstritt, please share if you can (after you find out about your non-compete term).
post #10 of 131
Maybe the people who worked there don't want to tell the info because then they can be part of a small group that can decorate cookies just like them and no one else can?????
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post #11 of 131
And....to add to what JoanneK stated, my neighbors daughter worked there for 4 years and I believe feels very loyal to them....she loved her job. So, if it would at all make you feel at all uncomfortable to reveal any information, I respect that and please don't reveal!
post #12 of 131
I was at a party last summer and they had one of their bouquet's there. Ick is all I can say. They were way too thick, and were also sloppily decorated. I guess they're only as good as the individual store they came from.
post #13 of 131
Is this a chain store, or something local? I hate to admit it, but I've never heard of them before. I'm going to feel REALLY stupid if we have one in Omaha!
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post #14 of 131
Gemini, yeah they're a franchise. you can check out their site at www.cookiesbydesign.com.

ONLY thing I know about them is they are ASTRONOMICALLY expensive! Like OMG expensive. LOL
I've never had them but would kinda like to get a bouquet just to dissect it lol
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post #15 of 131
Does anyone know how they make the tissue papper look soooooo perfect??? icon_cry.gif
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