Lookie at the Cookies!

Melissa Kossler Dutton

For more than 30 years, central Ohio families have celebrated special occasions with Cheryl's Cookies. They have served the company's signature sugar cookies with buttercream frosting at gatherings in homes, churches and schools. Now, Cheryl's fans can hold their events at the company's flagship shop in Westerville.

Cheryl's party room opened in August with the aim of strengthening the connection between the company and its customers, said Pam Casto, director of stores and retail operations.

"We have had the wonderful opportunity to be part of everybody's celebrations. We asked, 'What can we do to make it even better?'" she said. "We decided to give people a space to celebrate in."

WHAT: An inviting space in the new cookie shop located at the Cheryl's Cookies headquarters in Westerville. Cheryl's offers party packages for children and is willing to customize events. Casto said the company has been surprised by the number of businesses looking to host meetings and adults organizing wedding and baby showers that have inquired about the room.

The party room has one wall of windows with tables outside where moms and dads can keep an eye on their youngsters, but still let them attend the party on their own.

WHERE: 646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville 43082

WHY: Everybody knows kids love cookies and Cheryl's knows cookies. The company has designed a 90-minute party that includes crafts, cookie decorating and time for opening presents.

COST: For 10 to 15 children, the price is $20 per child. More guests may be added for additional $15 per child. The maximum number of children allowed is 20. A $100 deposit is required to reserve the space. The balance is due on the day of the party.

WHAT THE VENUE PROVIDES: Cheryl's provides party invitations and thank-you notes with envelopes, two party helpers, six cookies or mini cupcakes for each child to decorate, an apron and keepsake cookie tin for each guest, drinks and a cloth chef's hat for the birthday child. The party staffers help the children decorate their aprons and cookie tins, serve the food and manage the flow of the party. Cheryl's also will provide basic decorations.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS: Hosts can purchase the following extras: paper chef hats, $2 each; 12-inch personalized cookie or birthday Bundt cake, $20; pizza, $10-$15 and balloons, $1 each.

WHEN: Any 90-minute block of time between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

OTHER INFORMATION: Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance.

CONTACT: 614-901-0046