Five food companies you should know. These Fresno-area businesses are growing steadily
Fresno Bee, September 13, 2022
By Bethany Clough September 13, 2022 11:25 AM
Baking cookies for his daughters before they watched a movie together on their Friday movie nights was a tradition for Lance Sanchez. It’s now a thriving Fresno business, Dad’s Cookies.
When he was laid off from his job in audiology in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sanchez started selling his cookies. Big, fat, tall cookies that weigh 5.5 ounces each (seriously, they weigh each one) in flavors like cookies and cream, birthday cake batter and of course, chocolate chip.
Daughter Haivyn Sanchez, who has a degree in social media and marketing, is active in the company too.
Dad’s Cookies opened its first retail location last month.
It graduated from baking at the Clovis Culinary Center’s incubator to its own kitchen. It now bakes and sells out of Rare Earth Coffee, part of the Johnny Quik and Chevron station at the northwest corner of Willow and Alluvial avenues in Fresno.
At 7505 N. Willow Ave., it’s open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
You can also buy the cookies on the website, and at Dervo’s Deli in Fresno, and Abigail’s Candy Store and Chuck’s BBQ in Clovis.
Dad’s will continue to sell with its tent at pop-up events and special events like weddings and baby showers. Next up? An eye-catching 12-foot food trailer is almost finished that will allow them to do even more events.
“I owe a lot of this to my daughter, she is so good at that type of stuff,” Sanchez said.